What does each offseason acquisition bring to the Falcons: Scotty Miller

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As the Falcons completely overhauled the roster this offseason, there’s a ton of new faces to learn. Defensively is where most of the changes came, but there were a few additions on the other side of the ball. This continues my series of exploring what each offseason acquisition brings to the Falcons, moving onto a familiar face in former Buccaneers wideout Scotty Miller.

Check out any other parts of the series if you’ve missed them!

Scotty Miller

The speedster probably isn’t showing up on many Falcons fans’ radars, but I’m excited to see him in Atlanta’s offense. His most notable play came during the Buccaneers’ 2021 NFC Championship game against the Packers. On Green Bay’s 39-yard line, Tom Brady dropped back and hit Miller in stride on the sideline for a touchdown, which extended the Bucs’ lead to 21-10 going into the half.

The 5-foot-9, 174-pound Miller had one of the most prolific plays in club history but rarely impacted games after that, recording only 28 catches over the past two seasons. Injuries plagued his 2021 season, and 2022 saw him virtually nonexistent in the offense, thanks to the additions of Julio Jones and Russell Gage to a receiver room that already featured Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

Now, there are plenty of opportunities in Atlanta. He brings speed to a receiver room that doesn’t have much of it in Drake London, Mack Hollins, and KhaDarel Hodge.

“Scotty, he’s an instinctive player,” Arthur Smith said. “We know him pretty well having been in our division. He’s fast. His speed, you can feel it, even this time of year. His speed is real.”

He’s positional versatile as well. Though most view him as a slot wide receiver, which is what he played in college, he took most of his snaps on the boundary during the 2020 campaign. Most of Millers’ targets were also of the deep variety, so expect him to be the guy to take the top off defenses for the Falcons.

Photographer: Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire

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