Bucs Position Preview: Running Backs

Bucs coaching camp is drawing close to and it’s time to preview the Bucs roster place by place. Pewter Report will and study every roster spot, the gamers on the depth chart and preview the outlook for the 2022 season.

Subsequent up within the Bucs 2022 Camp Preview sequence is quarterbacks.

Operating Backs

The Bucs operating again room principally returns intact from final season. Leonard Fournette was re-signed to a three-year, $21 million deal. Ageing veteran Giovani Bernard re-signed to return for the 2022 season. Ke’Shawn Vaughn enters his third 12 months with the workforce, and Kenjon Barner is again as an emergency returner and rusher.

Gone is Ronald Jones II, who signed a one-year deal in Kansas Metropolis. Taking his place is third-round draft decide Rachaad White.

Final season the Bucs totaled 1,496 yards on the bottom with eight scores from the operating again room. Tampa Bay’s backs added 110 receptions for 698 yards and 6 touchdowns. Head coach Todd Bowles stated he’d prefer to see extra stability on offense and plans to run the ball extra this season.

Leonard Fournette

With Fournette again on a long-term deal, the place is ready for the foreseeable future. The veteran operating again’s recreation returned to that of his time in Jacksonville the place he hardly ever got here off the sector. His ascension into a real three-down again proved worthwhile to the Bucs and his 69 receptions the place the third most on the workforce. Fournette missed three video games final season inflicting him to fall wanting 1,000 yards dashing, however appears poised to crack that mark this season.

2021 Stats: 180 carries for 812 yards with 8 TDs with 69 receptions for 454 yards and a couple of TDs.

Giovani Bernard

Bucs RB Giovani Bernard – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bernard didn’t have an enormous function final season working as primarily a 2-minute again. He additionally missed 5 video games as a consequence of damage. A part of the explanation he didn’t have a bigger function was due to Fournette’s ascension because the Bucs’ three-down again. Bernard gives one other veteran presence on the roster and a succesful third-down again who excels as a receiver and move blocker.

2021 Stats: 8 carries for 58 yards with 23 receptions for 123 yards and three TDs.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Tampa Bay’s 2020 third-round decide has proven regular enchancment every year. Heading into 12 months three, Vaughn has a greater understanding of the sport and even acquired a couple of begins underneath his belt final season. Nonetheless, he’ll be pushed by White for taking part in time. To stave off the hungry rookie, Vaughn might want to present he has a agency deal with on his assignments and take advantage of his alternatives.

2021 Stats: 36 carries for 180 yards and a couple of TDs and 4 receptions for 26 yards.

Rachaad White

Bucs RB Rachaad White

Bucs RB Rachaad White – Photograph by: USA As we speak

White is already coming for the beginning job. The assured rookie operating again ought to carve out a task early. His pass-catching prowess will likely be an enormous addition for the Bucs offense. White has the flexibility to line up everywhere in the subject and is a easy runner as effectively. Whereas he won’t nab the beginning function from Fournette, he’s positive to chop into everybody else taking part in time, supplied he can get a fast grasp of the playbook and his function.

2021 School Stats: 182 carries for 1,006 yards and 15 TDs with 43 receptions for 456 yards and 1 TD.

Kenjon Barner

Barner gives insurance coverage within the return recreation greater than he presents something as a pure runner. He obtained 4 carries complete final season operating for zero yards. His finest wager is to stay across the follow squad, the place he’s spent the final two seasons, hoping for a call-up if there’s a necessity for an emergency return man.

2021 Stats: 4 carries for 0 yards