Sunday Running Back ImpressionsJuly 31st, 2011
Joe’s out here on a wonderfully cool night enjoying Bucs training camp under the clouds, glorious clouds.
Of course, Joe will bring you all kinds of stuff from camp later tonight and tomorrow. But Joe wanted to fire off a quick impression of the running backs, as Joe studied them intentely for a while as they went through drills, etc.
It’s interesting to see big backs like Allen Bradford and LeGarrette Blount have so much balance as compared to manbeast fullback Rendrick Taylor, who’s such a menacing presence but isn’t nearly in the same class. Then you watch a guy like Erik Lorig pile on the effort in everything he does, and it’s easy to see how a guy like that made the team as a rookie playing a brand new position, as he did last year.
Earnest Graham showed his great hands and footwork, and Kregg Lumpkin dropped a few balls.
Admittedly, Joe knows little about former Notre Dame running back Armando Allen, Jr. in camp, but the kid is just lightning quick and confident. Fun to watch, even if it’s just touch football and drills.
Consdering Cadillac Williams, if he was a Buccaneer, would just be standing on the sidelines until Aug. 4 with all the other free agent signees (stupidest league/union rule ever), it’s easy to see why the Bucs might be in no hurry to bring him back.
Plenty of time to negotiate and get a look at Lumpkin and the rest of the unit.
Again, Joe will return later with much more.