TAMPA — Scotty Miller made some enormous catches last season, none bigger than the 39-yard touchdown before the end of the first half in the NFC Championship Game at Green Bay in January.
Miller finished with 501 yards receiving and three touchdowns during the regular season and was the biggest deep threat for quarterback Tom Brady.
Coach Bruce Arians knows Miller can run past a defense, but he says Miller needs to learn how to make the tough catch in traffic, too.
During a two-minute team drill Saturday, Miller failed to come up with a tight pass from Brady in the end zone.
“He’s got to get better with bodies on him,” Arians said. ”That last play, he’s got to make that catch. It’s going to be grimy. He’s got to make more grimy catches. We know he can run by people, but you can’t be a one-trick pony in this league. You’ve got to be able to play with big bodies on you. He’s getting better.”
Tyler Johnson needs to get in shape
It’s a crowded receiver room for the Bucs this season, and Tyler Johnson made some big plays as a rookie despite not having any preseason games last season. A hamstring injury also sidelined him early in the year.
Johnson caught the ball well in practice Saturday, but Arians says the second-year pro from Minnesota did not report to training camp in very good shape.
“He came back a little heavy and he’s getting back in shape, which is his own fault,” Arians said. “But we know he can catch the ball. He’s just got to be able to stay healthy and get in real good shape.”
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