Understanding Scotty Miller

September 30th, 2020

OC/Scout Byron Leftwich

After Sunday’s win in Denver, wide receiver Scotty Miller said he strongly believes a major reason he’s in Tampa is because of Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.

It struck Joe when Miller said that on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and it left Joe thinking about Leftwich’s possible role in the 2019 NFL Draft that netted Miller out of Bowling Green in Round 6 — when the Bucs really didn’t need a receiver (Brashad Perriman already had been signed.)

But after listening to Leftwich yesterday on Total Access, an official Buccaneers show, Joe became convinced Leftwich had a heavy hand in drafting Miller, who leads the Bucs in receiving yards this season with 167.

“We kind of knew he would turn into this player that he is. It was just teaching him some things,” Leftwich said of Miller.

“Me being a guy that’s from that conference, that played in that division, the MAC [conference], I had an understanding of what he can be. He’s not just a fast guy. He’s a skill guy. He can put his feet in the ground. He can make plays on the ball. He can catch the ball. He has body control. He knows how to get to the open spot on the field. All I’m saying is, he’s not just running fast; he’s playing with a certain skill set, too, that we thought he had, that we knew he had. And it’s good to see him showcase it week in and week out.”

Leftwich added that he understands how “drastically different” it is to come from the MAC into the NFL, and those players need the kind of patience, respect, belief and understanding you might not afford someone from the SEC. He said people too often fall into a “trap” when it comes to evaluating players based on college resume.

Regardless, Miller is blossoming, and he’s doing it while injured, which is very much impresses Joe.

20 Responses to “Understanding Scotty Miller”

  1. Smashsquatch Says:

    He looks good. Runs effortlessly and can separate. I just don’t think his frame will hold up for a full season and we’ll see a deteriorating skill set as a result. I hope I’m wrong though. He needs a few more years of bulking up.p

  2. Pablo Says:

    When is Byron Leftwich going to be on the show again? Pablo would like to ask him is he ever going to stop running the bar on first and 10

  3. Youngbucs Says:

    This our future coach Rosen is our future QB.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Youngbucs Says:
    September 30th, 2020 at 7:31 am
    This our future coach Rosen is our future QB.

    If you are to be correct on Rosen….we need to put him on the active roster and protect him…..other teams after an injury will pick him up as a backup.

    As for Scotty Miller…..he is one of the three pleasant surprises for me this year….the other two are our rookies, Wirfs & Winfield.

    And, I may be adding Succop to that list soon.

  5. lambeau Says:

    Miller’s about Wes Welker’s size–he broke down after 10,000 receiving yards.

  6. 813bucboi Says:


    not only can BL produce a great offense, he can also recognize talent….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  7. Mike Says:

    Would like to see the Bucs use Miller a bit more like the Chiefs use Hill. Get him crossing the field in one on one and force a defender to attempt to match him step for step. Not just run him straight down the field.

  8. Iamabuc Says:

    Has anybody noticed that we are not complaing, for a change; about missed kicks…it even feels strange…lol….after so many years dealing with that crap. Thanks God for Succor!!

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Player development. I love seeing it.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    lambeau Says:
    September 30th, 2020 at 8:33 am
    Miller’s about Wes Welker’s size–he broke down after 10,000 receiving yards.

    Why does he have to be compared to a white guy? How about a Desean Jackson comparison. Almost identical size and a very close 40 yard dash time. Desean Jackson has also accumulated over 10000 career yards.

  11. 813bucboi Says:

    Iamabuc Says:
    September 30th, 2020 at 9:05 am
    Has anybody noticed that we are not complaing, for a change; about missed kicks…it even feels strange…lol

    thx for the jinx…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  12. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete Says:

    Scotty Miller was drafted as our ‘Poor Man’s Desean Jackson’, and Miller is basically a clone of DJax’s physical skill set and athleticism.

    And after learning the few extra things he’s learned since entering the league, Miller has blossomed into every bit the player that DJax is on-the-field and will be a wayyyy more productive player for us than DJax ever was. (Not necessarily DJax’ fault for the lack of productivity here, but who cares).

  13. Bill M Says:

    Djax skills without the attitude.

  14. Sport Says:

    Just another example of this coaching staff showing their competency.

    The defense has a blend of Vets and 2-3yr guys and a rookie. They are playing as a unit.

    Scotty is coming along nicely.

    Next up, Tyler Johnson’s development. We’re gonna need him.

    In BA I Trust!

  15. Brandon Says:

    lambeau Says:
    September 30th, 2020 at 8:33 am
    Miller’s about Wes Welker’s size–he broke down after 10,000 receiving yards.


    Wrong… he’s Welker’s complexion and position and that is about it. You wanna make size comparisons and style of play? DeSean Jackson. Miller is too small to be an Arians’ slot. He is an outside receiver and he plays that way in this offense.

  16. Will Says:

    I like what Scotty is becoming but I’ll hold off on the Djax comparison until he starts taking screens or punts to the house. I don’t think we’re using him correctly yet. Like someone said earlier he needs to be used like a Tyreek Hill. They keep running him straight up the field give him more crossing routes, screens and reverses and watch him open up things for everyone else.

  17. Oneilbucs Says:

    If Brady can’t get Mike the ball he will not be here next year !!!

  18. Oneilbucs Says:

    Youngbucs I have never agreed with you about nothing but I do agree with you on this . It could work with Rosen if we keep this type of offense . And yes a running game matters and a good defense matters just like I’ve been telling you just like Bruce Arians offense that he change for Brady . But you said I was making excuses for Jamies . If we keep this type of offense Rosen will do good . But if we go back to Bruce Arians offense from last year he will not be good or any other quarterback .

  19. Robertg Says:

    Rosen just can’t be plucked from practice team by another team, he actually has to accept and sign with that team. He’s said before he chose the buccaneers practice squad over a active spot on another team roster.

  20. Buczilla Says:

    Is there another gm and scouting dept. as adept at finding wideout talent as Licht and his crew? I sure can’t think of any.