Goalline drill surprise? DT Roy Miller lines up at fullback
There was plenty of trash-talking and intensity during the Bucs goal line drills in Wednesday's practice, given the rare opportunity for the players to go "live" and hit.
And there was a little surprise at fullback. That being defensive tackle Roy Miller, all 6-foot-2, 310 pounds of him. Though he didn't get a carry - the offense was called for a penalty on the play, but Miller was excited to get the chance.
"Heck yeah." he said, smiling.
Miller said he served as fullback sometimes at the University of Texas, during short-yardage. And he'd be glad to give it a shot, if needed, with the Bucs. Coach Raheem Morris said Miller is just competing for a chance at a goal-line fullback, just like LB Adam Hayward is for short-yardage fullback, but it's always good to see what each player can do, if depth is needed.
"At first, you feel kind of shady because you have your own guys on the other side," Miller said. "You want to be on that side with them stopping the run. But, I mean, whatever is going to help this team, whatever I can do, that's what I'm going to do."
For the record, the defense got the better of the offense during the goal-line drill. The offense scored the first two attempts, including Kareem Huggins high-stepping into the end zone. But the offense didn't help itself, with Josh Freeman fumbling a snap on one, and a penalty stopping another. And when the first-team offense met the first-team defense on the final try? Kyle Moore stuffed Derrick Ward short, leading to more trash-talking - including from Morris.
But Miller graded the drill a bit differently - from a different perspective.
"Being on offense and defense," he said. "I'd have to say it was a tie."
- JOE SMITH