Trey Palmer May Force Bucs To Give Him Snaps

May 12th, 2023

Bucs rookie WR Trey Palmer.

Perhaps rookie wide receiver Trey Palmer is going to be one of those receivers the Bucs can’t get off the field? That would be a helluva Day 3 draft pick if that is the case.

Receivers coach Brad Idzik raved about the potential of Palmer, the speedy receiver the Bucs got in the sixth round in last month’s draft.

“Size and speed – he jumps off the tape,” Idzik said Wednesday. “He’s the guy that can stretch the field vertically. We have guys that can do that in their own way, but when you’re talking about a bigger body that can run a 4.3 [40-yard dash] that is special and something you can’t coach.”

Yes, Palmer is essentially replacing Scotty Miller, himself a former Day 3 draft pick. Miller had the speed to take the top off defenses, but man, since he caught that bomb from Tom Brady to help beat the Packers in the 2020 NFC championship, Miller has maybe had one impact play at receiver.

Part of that might have been because Miller is a little guy. Last year Miler bulked up, in part to play more inside. And Joe is guessing that decision didn’t come from the Bucs and maybe that slowed Miller down.

Joe remembers asking someone with the Bucs last summer if they advised Miller to bulk up, Joe was told coldly, “No.”

With Palmer, he’s already big.

“He has been great, too, mentally in the meetings,” Idzik said of Palmer. “Locked in. A guy who wants to reach his potential.”

Hungry rookies are always the right types. They want to make the team however possible. But yeah, Joe thinks Palmer, if he makes the team, might be more versatile than Miller.

And with the track record Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales had with receivers at Seattle over the years — Seattle always had solid receivers — this Palmer selection is one Joe will be watching today and tomorrow at rookie minicamp.

17 Responses to “Trey Palmer May Force Bucs To Give Him Snaps”

  1. Hodad Says:

    If a couple of players can surprise. If others take the next step. If Traskerfield can play solid football behind a tough run game, and good defense. A lot of if’s, but who knows?

  2. Fansince76 Says:

    Dude can flat out fly!
    If he can catch then we have something!

  3. NCBucfan Says:

    I just hope he’s not Kenny Bell 2.0. Dude was terrified of contact. He might of been good if there was a professional flag football league.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    6’1 190……that’s very good size…..I don’t know why but I thought he was a small guy….guess it was his speed…..

  5. Dooley Says:

    Not the best hands catcher, but a lot of Palmers’ tape where he’s catching deep passes he’s having to come back to the football, that’s either a display of his speed or his QB not being able to put more on the downfield passes or a little of both.

    Palmer also has some long arms, which are on display on the few plays I’ve seen him high point hump balls. It’ll be interesting if Palmer can take the return job from Deven Thompkins or has it in him to be a solid gunner on punt team.

  6. garro Says:

    I would love it if he can be a bigger Scooter!

  7. George R Says:

    There is a reason he was a 6 round pick

  8. AtlBuc Says:

    Dooley!! What’s a hump ball? LOL!!!

  9. Dooley Says:

    LOL @ATLbuc I drank my wifes’ expresso instead of my coffee this morning, the letters are literally right next to each other, gimme a break 🤣🤣🤣

  10. RustyRhinos Says:

    I bet “high point hump balls” is illegal in a few states..

  11. Statguy Says:

    Bigger than Kenny Bell and Bell wasn’t recruited or on an LSU roster. Higher ceiling

  12. Goatfarmer Says:

    Kenny Bell II

  13. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I am feeling optimistic. More so than I felt with Bell/Miller just based on the measurables and him having been at LSU.

  14. Marine Buc Says:

    Keep your eye on Rakim Jarrett too. The guy can ball… Had over 800 yards rec in 2021.

  15. Dooley Says:


    Probably legal in Alaska tho

  16. Fred McNeil Says:

    Brady used to complain about sweaty footballs. I shudder to think of the meltdown he’d have if they hiked him a freshly humped ball. At least the next receiver wouldn’t possibly be able to drop or fumble the ball.
    BTW, the reason the kid lasted until the sixth had something to do with his route running.

  17. FrontFour Says:

    The pre draft knocks Palmer was route running and drops.
    As for Miller slowing down last season, don’t think that was the case. Take another look at how many balls from TB were under thrown. It wasn’t Miller that was the problem.