Can Bucs RB White Really Become A Le’Veon Bell-Type Back?


The NFL comparisons that new Bucs working again Rachaad White is dealing with are a bit daunting for the group’s third-round decide.

Le’Veon Bell.

Marcus Allen.

Eric Dickerson.

Allen and Dickerson are two Professional Soccer Corridor of Famers whereas Bell is a two-time All-Professional and three-time Professional Bowler.

The 6-foot, 214-pound White, a two-year star at Arizona State, has a affected person, unconventional, upright working model that’s paying homage to among the nice NFL backs beforehand talked about. Solely time will inform if he may even come near the manufacturing of these three well-known runners.

Whereas White prefers to be his personal man, he admits that he has watched a few of Bell and emulated his model of affected person working.

Former Bucs RB Le’Veon Bell – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

“For me rising up, I watched Le’Veon Bell loads,” White stated. “I watched Jamaal Charles loads, and I watched Arian Foster loads. They’d all be the three backs I like to look at loads. I nonetheless watch their highlights. I’m simply form of a soccer junkie. I’ll be on YouTube watching guys’ highlights on the subject of older backs.”

All-Professional Comparisons For White

White’s imaginative and prescient, working model and dual-threat capability would possibly remind among the league’s high runners. Herman Edwards, who was White’s coach at Arizona State, sees a resemblance to Allen, a participant he performed towards within the NFL within the Nineteen Eighties.

“After all everybody has their opinion, and Coach Herm’s opinion is credible due to what he has finished,” White stated.

Bucs normal supervisor Jason Licht appears a few of White’s similarities to Bell, who performed with Tampa Bay final 12 months, from a method perspective.

“Nicely he hasn’t placed on a uniform but, and even practiced within the NFL but, so I don’t wish to examine him to Le’Veon,” Licht stated. “However I see what you’re saying there simply within the model. He’s very clean. He’s extra of a slasher and extra of an out of doors runner. He can nonetheless run between the tackles, however he’s obtained nice imaginative and prescient and nice persistence. He actually units up his blocks effectively and, as soon as once more, he’s excellent within the passing sport.”

White’s Twin-Menace Capacity

A part of the Bell comparability is the truth that Bell was an entire again within the NFL, factoring in as a runner and a receiver. Bell, a second-round decide by Pittsburgh in 2013, has rushed for six,554 yard and 42 touchdowns in his profession. He’s additionally caught 399 passes for 3,289 yards (8.2 avg.) and 9 extra touchdowns. Bell has 4 seasons with 66 catches or extra and three seasons with 600 yards receiving or extra.

White had 234 carries for 1,420 yards (6.3 avg.) and 20 touchdowns in two years for the Solar Devils. However he additionally caught 51 passes for 607 yards (11.9 avg.) and two TDs, together with 43 receptions for 456 yards (10.6 avg.) and one rating final season. That’s practically three receptions per sport at Arizona State. And it’s White’s talent set within the passing sport that actually attracted the Bucs’ curiosity.

“Nicely, that was a giant cause that we appreciated him and took him the place we did,” Licht stated. “He’s been very concerned in that offense within the passing sport. He’s obtained nice fingers – it’s crucial to him to be concerned within the offense and within the passing sport. He has loads of pleasure in that. There’s loads of backs which can be two-down backs. When you will have a three-down again, you set him up a bit greater on the board for us, particularly in our offense. He’s obtained an opportunity to be a giant asset for us in that regard.”

Bell had three seasons with 1,200 yards speeding or extra in Pittsburgh earlier than sitting out the 2018 season in a contract stalemate. As soon as he resurfaced with the New York Jets in 2019 at age 27, Bell was by no means the identical. He’s been on 4 totally different groups since 2020, together with a late-season stint with Tampa Bay at age 29. Bell rushed for 18 yards on eight carries and caught 4 passes for 31 yards and a landing throughout his time as a Buc.

White’s Path To Taking part in Time With The Bucs

Arizona State RB Rachaad White Bucs

Arizona State RB Rachaad White – Picture by: USA At present

Earlier than White may even take into consideration having a Bell-like profession, he’s obtained to get on the sector. The Bucs simply signed Leonard Fournette to a three-year contract price $7 million per season. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, a former third-round decide, is getting into his third season with the Bucs and will probably be White’s fundamental competitors for the No. 2 working again function. Veteran Giovani Bernard, who turns 31 in November, was re-signed to assist on third downs together with his receiving capability.

To ensure that White to see the sector as a runner and receiver, he must show himself within the space of move safety. At Arizona State, he was first rate in move safety, however definitely has room to enhance. For White to share the identical backfield with Tom Brady, he’ll should be trusted to guard him.

“Loads of these backs – I might say most of them in faculty – you may decide them aside for his or her pass-protection expertise. It’s form of a misplaced artwork,” Licht stated. “So long as they’re prepared, so long as they’re good, so long as they wish to do it, you’ve obtained an opportunity to make them higher and work on their weaknesses in that regard on this degree. We noticed that with him. We noticed the fervour. This man is a very pushed man with a chip on his shoulder. When you will have guys like that, you’ve obtained an opportunity.”

Can White Be Particular?

Earlier than he sees motion on offense, White should earn a sport day hat by enjoying on particular groups as a rookie. That’s not one thing he did at Arizona State, however he’s prepared to do in Tampa Bay.

“We talked about that loads after we talked with him on the Mix and right here. He’s prepared to roll up his sleeves and do no matter he can,” Licht stated. “He walked round our constructing right here – after we had him on a [draft prospect] go to – holding a soccer. I stated, ‘Why do you maintain that soccer?’ He stated, ‘It’s simply my consolation degree. I similar to to have a soccer with me.’ It’s just like the film, ‘The Program.’ He needs to do something he can to assist the group. That’s one of many issues we liked about him.”

For White to come back near Bell’s degree, he’ll should earn enjoying time on sport day by way of particular groups first. Then, he’ll should show he can move defend on offense. As soon as White has mastered these two duties, we’ll see if the working and receiving manufacturing can actually resemble Bell – extra than simply the affected person, upright working model.

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