|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 174 lb.|
|Born:||July 31, 1997|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 6 (208)|
Miller may be the favorite to open the season in the No. 3 receiver role, Scott Smith and Carmen Vitali of the team's official website reports.
Analysis: Both Smith and Vitali cite Miller's experience edge in the offense as the reason why he's likelier than fifth-round pick Tyler Johnson, who the Buccaneers coaching staff is very high on, to open the regular season directly under Chris Godwin and Mike Evans on the depth chart. In an offseason devoid of on-field work until August, it's reasonable to assume Johnson will be somewhat behind the curve in terms of mastering coach Bruce Arians' offense, likely postponing his potential ascension into the third receiver role until later in the season. Miller's 4.3 speed is also an X-factor, and both reporters point out it was Breshad Perriman's impressive wheels that kept him in the No. 3 job last season despite questionable hands.
Miller (hamstring) was one of several Buccaneers skill-position players to work out with Tom Brady at Berkeley Preparatory School on Tuesday, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report.
Analysis: Miller's participation in the workout, which was apparently organized and coordinated by Brady, is reason for optimism on a couple of fronts. One, it's encouraging the second-year receiver is apparently recovered enough from the hamstring injury that cut short his 2019 season to run routes at this point. Additionally, any on-field time Miller can spend with Brady in the absence of normal OTAs is naturally beneficial, as the speedy receiver will be vying to secure the No. 3 wideout job this summer now that Breshad Perriman is in New York. Miller was just starting to show flashes last season when he went down with his injury in Week 15 versus the Lions, and he should face stiff job competition from rookie fifth-round pick Tyler Johnson and third-year pro Justin Watson in training camp and preseason.
Miller (hamstring), who is expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver job vacated by the departed Breshad Perriman, could face competition from 2020 fifth-round pick Tyler Johnson.
Analysis: Miller's impressive wheels presumably give him a leg up on both Johnson and third-year wideout Justin Watson in terms of making up for the loss of speed brought about by Perriman's exit in free agency. However, if last season is any indication, coach Bruce Arians will get creative with any receiver spots behind starters Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, potentially operating a timeshare of sorts at the No. 3 slot depending on formations, defensive matchups and other factors. Miller will have to build on the modest flashes he was able to exhibit last season, when he battled injury but averaged an impressive 15.4 yards per grab on his 13 receptions. One area where Johnson might make for an especially viable stand-in for Miller would be near the goal line, as the rookie brings a well-established track record of red-zone success from his college days at Minnesota and has a four-inch height advantage over the 5-foot-9 second-year wideout.
Miller (hamstring) is a strong candidate for the Buccaneers' No. 3 wideout spot in the wake of Breshad Perriman's departure, Scott Reynolds of PewterReport.com reports. "I don't like to look at numbers (on the depth chart) and necessarily go for specific spots," Miller said. "I'm the type of person that just tries to be the best he can be on an everyday basis. Wherever that lands me, it lands me. But obviously, with B.P. going to the Jets that spot is open and I'm going to want to be on the field as much as possible next year to help this team win games."
Analysis: A combination of limited salary cap room and a lack of prominent receivers on the open market opens up a fairly sizable path to the No. 3. job for Miller, who displayed flashes of his talent during his rookie season before seeing it cut short due to a hamstring injury in Week 15. Miller's final 2019 line was a modest 13-200-1 over 10 games, but he posted multi-catch efforts in three of his last four contests of the campaign. The speedy Bowling Green product is naturally excited about the prospect of catching passes from the legendary Tom Brady this coming season, and he concedes to having already put a lot of film study in on Julian Edelman, a long-time favorite of his new quarterback and a receiver who is similar to Miller in stature. Notably, the second-year wideout is appreciably faster than Edelman, but Miller is working on adding muscle this offseason after estimating he dipped below 170 pounds at times last season.
The Buccaneers placed Miller (hamstring) on injured reserve Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Like Miller, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are dealing with hamstring injuries that leave their statuses for the rest of the season in peril, but the Buccaneers were more willing to take a wait-and-see approach with their top two wideouts rather than the rookie. As a result, Miller's inaugural NFL season will come to a premature end, with the 22-year-old finishing the campaign with 13 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown across 10 appearances. The Buccaneers signed Cyril Grayson from the Cowboys' practice squad in a corresponding move, adding a healthy body to their banged-up receiving corps.
Miller (hamstring) isn't participating in Tuesday's practice, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: The severity of the hamstring injury Miller suffered in last weekend's win over the Lions isn't yet known, but the fact that he required an MRI on Monday signals at least some level of concern. All of Miller, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans look at risk of sitting out Saturday's game against the Texans, a development that would leave Tampa Bay's wideout corps perilously thin. The Buccaneers will see if Miller can return to practice in some fashion over the next two days before rendering a verdict on his status for Week 16.
Miller (hamstring) will undergo an MRI on Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Miller aggravated his hamstring injury in the first half of Sunday's game against Detroit, and he was unable to return to the contest. The additional testing should reveal the severity of Miller's injury, but he's trending in the wrong direction on a shortened week, as the team takes on Houston on Saturday. Chris Godwin (hamstring) also left Sunday's game, and Mike Evans (hamstring) is expected to be done for the year. At the time of this report, the Bucs have just three healthy wideouts.
Miller (hamstring) is ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's contest in Detroit.
Analysis: Miller exited the Week 15 contest in the first half after seemingly aggravating a hamstring injury he's battled since early August. The rookie caught all three of his targets for 49 yards and one touchdown before leaving the field. In Miller's stead, Justin Watson and Ishmael Hyman could see increased work behind Chris Godwin and Breshad Perriman.
Miller sustained a hamstring injury during Sunday's game at Detroit, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Miller has tended to a hamstring issue since early August, missing time in the preseason and the Buccaneers' two games prior to this one. The team cleared him for action after he put in a full practice Thursday, only for Miller to seemingly aggravated the injury Sunday. Before his exit, he hauled in all three targets for 49 yards and one touchdown. With Mike Evans (foot) sidelined, the receiving corps is down to Chris Godwin, Breshad Perriman, Justin Watson and Ishmael Hyman.
Miller (hamstring) upgraded to full practice participation Thursday, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official website reports.
Analysis: Held out for the past two weeks, Miller now appears healthy at an opportune time, with Mike Evans (hamstring) in danger of missing the final three weeks of the season. Miller had been working as the No. 4 receiver prior to his own hamstring injury, ahead of Justin Watson but behind Breshad Perriman. With Watson coming off a 5-59-1 receiving line in last week's win over Indianapolis, it isn't quite clear if Miller will have a significant role on offense Week 15.
Miller (hamstring) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Miller missed the last two games due to the hamstring injury but his return to practice is a good sign for Week 15. The 22-year-old likely will need to advance to full practice participation by Friday to avoid an injury designation for Sunday's game at Detroit.
Miller (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Miller's absence for a second straight game could leave a few extra snaps for No. 3 receiver Breshad Perriman, who responded to the same scenario last week with season highs for both receptions (five) and yards (87). Meanwhile, Justin Watson should get a bit of run as the No. 4 receiver, though he played just 15 percent of snaps on offense in the Week 13 win over Jacksonville.
Miller (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday.
Analysis: The last time Miller didn't have 'DNP' next to his name on the Buccaneers' injury report was last Wednesday, Nov. 27. On a potentially positive note, he worked out on the side Thursday, per Greg Auman of The Athletic. No matter, the Buccaneers may ruled Miller out for a second consecutive contest when they post their final Week 14 practice report Friday.
Miller (hamstring) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Miller suffered the hamstring injury Week 12 in Atlanta and was unable to play against Jacksonville last Sunday. The 22-year-old hasn't seen the field since working as a limited practice participant last Wednesday.
Miller (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Miller had been cutting into Breshad Perriman's workload, drawing 10 targets over the past three weeks. It isn't clear if Miller's absence will free up more work for Perriman or create an opportunity for Justin Watson to take more snaps. Either way, it isn't a huge loss for quarterback Jameis Winston.
Miller (hamstring) is not practicing Thursday.
Analysis: Miller managed to practice in a limited capacity to begin the week, but he's now been downgraded to a non-participant. If the rookie sixth-round pick is unable to up his level of activity during Friday's final session of the week, he could be in danger of missing Sunday's contest against Jacksonville.
Miller was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a hamstring injury.
Analysis: Miller looks to have suffered a hamstring issue during Week 12's win over the Falcons. There's not yet any reason to worry that the rookie sixth-round pick is in danger of missing any time, and he'll have two more opportunities to upgrade his level of participation ahead of Sunday's tilt against the Jaguars.
Miller lost two yards on his only carry and secured his only target for eight yards in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Miller was riding some modest momentum coming into Sunday's contest, having combined 6-104 line over the prior two games. However, the rookie was unable to continue his ascent versus the Falcons, although he encouragingly continued to enjoy a secondary role on the offense. Miller will look to coax his production back up against the Jaguars in a Week 13 interconference battle.
Miller hauled in four of six targets for 71 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: Miller appears to have a chance to turn into one of the bright spots of what is shaping up as a considerably disappointing season for the Buccaneers. The rookie has now put together a 6-104 line on nine targets over his last two games, as he appears to be gaining the trust of the coaching staff and Jameis Winston in particular. Miller is establishing himself as a downfield threat in the process, and he could even be on his way to unseating Breshad Perriman for the No. 3 role with more performances the likes of Sunday's. He'll look to continue his ascent versus the Falcons in Week 12 matchup.
Miller secured three of seven targets for 39 yards in the Buccaneers' 37-26 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Miller's trio of receptions were the first of his career, as he once again helped fill in for Breshad Perriman (hamstring). The rookie actually checked in third in targets behind Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, outpacing fellow reserve Bobo Wilson in snaps by a 48-23 margin in the process. Miller appears to have vaulted over both Wilson and Justin Watson (three snaps Sunday) in the wide receiver pecking order if the last two games are any indication.
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