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Falcons Sign Wide Receiver Scotty Miller

The Atlanta Falcons have resumed their NFL free agency activity after a brief hiatus during which rumors and high expectations surrounded a possible signing of Calais Campbell. The wide receiver group, which was already dangerously weak behind expected starters Drake London and Mack Hollins, added a new member today. Atlanta has shown interest in a number of veterans, including allegedly making an offer for Darius Slayton, but so far has only signed Hollins.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that all changed on Tuesday when wide receiver Scotty Miller joined with the team.

Miller, who will just be 26 years old by the time the 2023 NFL season begins, played his whole rookie contract out with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being picked by them in the sixth round (208th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. Miller had a career-high 33 catches for 501 yards (15.2 YPR) and 3 touchdowns in 2020 while playing a supporting role in Tampa’s potent passing offense. Miller, who stands at barely 5 feet, 9 inches and 175 pounds, is a huge size disparity from Atlanta’s existing receiving corps.

Miller provides Atlanta with an experienced alternative they can plug in right away if necessary, as well as a flexible reserve with great deep speed. Miller should compete immediately to replace Kyle Pitts as the Falcons’ starting deep threat. I don’t think the organization will have to spend too much money on this deal (we’ll update the article with contract information when they become public) and I also don’t think it will have a major impact on their preparations for the 2017 NFL Draft. The Falcons could need a wide receiver of second-to-third-round quality badly.

Let’s all give Scotty Miller a warm Atlanta welcome.

Miller does, however, add one potentially devastating aspect to the passing game: deep speed. He reportedly has a 4.36-second 40-yard dash, as well as a 1.51-second 10-yard shuttle. Miller can line up inside or outside, and he can block runs at an average to above-average level, which is impressive for a receiver of his stature. With a 7.76 RAS, he is an extremely competitive athlete.