Wide receiver Scotty Miller is remaining in the NFC South. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on March 28 that the Atlanta Falcons have signed Miller to a one-year contract.
Miller spent the first four years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He posted career-highs of 33 receptions, 501 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in 2020. He then had 4 catches for 80 yards and a score during the postseason, helping the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl.
Arguably the biggest catch of Miller’s career came during that playoff run. Miller hauled in a 39-yard touchdown with just one second remaining in the first half of the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.
The score extended Tampa Bay’s lead at halftime to 11 points. The Buccaneers eventually won, 31-26, to advance to the Super Bowl.
Over the past two seasons, Miller wasn’t as involved in Tampa Bay’s offense. He missed the beginning of the 2021 season because of turf toe. Despite returning to play half the season, Miller only had 5 catches.
In 2022, Miller recorded 23 receptions for 185 receiving yards with zero touchdowns. He hasn’t registered a touchdown catch since the NFC Championship against the Packers.
But with Miller, the Falcons add another pass catcher and one who can compete for the slot receiver role. During his best season in 2020, Miller played 118 of his 495 offensive snaps (almost 25%) in the slot.
The Falcons could also use Miller as a returner or coverage man on special teams. Miller played 33% of Tampa Bay’s special teams snaps last year.
With the addition of Miller, the Falcons have seven wide receivers signed on their roster. Miller will likely compete for targets with wide receivers Drake London, Mack Hollins and Frank Darby. Falcons tight ends Kyle Pitts and Jonnu Smith figure to be a major part of the team’s passing offense as well.
But the Falcons will likely also add more weapons for quarterback Desmond Ridder, who the Falcons announced on March 28 will be the team’s starter behind center.