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Bucs’ Scotty Miller says he’s fastest player in NFL, would beat Tyreek Hill in a race

The Tampa Bay receiver also reveals what he was thinking during Sunday’s memorable TD catch: “Dude, No. 20, you better start running.”
Bucs wide receiver Scotty Miller (10) makes a touchdown catch at the end of the first half of the NFC Championship Game at Green Bay.
Bucs wide receiver Scotty Miller (10) makes a touchdown catch at the end of the first half of the NFC Championship Game at Green Bay. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 27, 2021|Updated Jan. 27, 2021

Bucs fans are well aware of the speed of Scotty Miller. But did they and the rest of the NFL know he was this fast?

The second-year receiver said Wednesday during an interview on the Dan Patrick Show that not only is he faster than Chiefs speed merchant Tyreek Hill, he’s the fastest player in the NFL. That’s the same Hill who torched the Bucs for 203 yards and two touchdowns — in the first quarter — during a 27-24 Kansas City victory on Nov. 29 at Raymond James Stadium. Hill finished with 13 catches for 269 yards and three TDs.

“Oh, I’m taking me every day of the week,” Miller said when asked how he would fare in a race with Hill. “I’ll take me over anybody.”

“Wait, you think you’re the fastest guy in the NFL?” Patrick asked.

“Yes, sir,” said a confident Miller.

Hill is hardly known for being reserved on the field, from his mouth-dropping catch-and-runs to his end zone celebrations, including a goal-line backflip during the November win over the Bucs. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce recently said, “That’s the last guy I want to talk trash to.”

So you might have expected that once Hill got wind of Miller’s comments, he would unload. Not so much.

Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill does a backflip into the end zone to score a touchdown against the Bucs during their game on Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa.
Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill does a backflip into the end zone to score a touchdown against the Bucs during their game on Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa. [ DOUG MURRAY | Associated Press ]

“Hell of a player good for him,” tweeted Hill, nicknamed Cheetah (his reported 4.29 40-yard dash at his 2016 pro day helping that moniker).

“RESPECT,” Miller tweeted in response

Not surprisingly, when told of Miller’s claim, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he’s content with his guy, a three-time All-Pro.

“Ah, man, that’s an interesting take, man” Mahomes said during a taped interview on the Dan Patrick Show, to be aired Thursday. “You got to have confidence in yourself though, I’ll give him that. ... He is a fast dude, and he’s a great receiver, but I like my guy versus anybody.”

Mahomes also dismissed that Miller’s words are potential bulletin-board material to motivate the Chiefs.

“Yeah, I mean, I think you’re more motivating on yourself and being in the Super Bowl,” Mahomes said. “If you’re not ready to play for the Super Bowl, I don’t think you’re going to (get) ready.”

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Miller, a 2019 sixth-round draft pick out of Bowling Green by the Bucs, has garnered a load of national attention after scorching Packers cornerback Kevin King for a 39-yard touchdown catch just before the end of the first half Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

And when did Miller know the bomb from Tom Brady could turn into a touchdown?

“Right when I took off and I saw him not running, in my head I’m like, ‘Dude, No. 20, you better start running,’” Miller said.

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