No, It’s Not “Too Early To Tell”May 13th, 2013
There’s trying to be objective as a journalist, and then there’s plain silliness.
Joe will now bring you an example of silliness, courtesy of TampaBay.com Bucs beat writer Stephen Holder.
Holder penned a piece studying position battles entering the start of Bucs OTA practices next week. Holder believes there’s a mystery at No. 2/backup running back.
While veteran free-agent signing Brian Leonard is a solid addition, he is best suited for the role the Bucs are projecting for him: a third-down back expected to be active in the passing game. That leaves sixth-round draft choice Mike James and second-year man Michael Smith as the primary candidates.
Some in the organization have indicated James has the edge here, but it’s much too early to tell. That’s, perhaps, something that can be clarified a bit in the coming weeks.
Joe zeroed in on Holder claiming it’s “too early to tell” whether Mike James has an edge on Michael Smith.
Jimminy Christmas! Of course James has an edge right now. Smith was captain of the Bucs inactive list after being the 2012 opening-day kick returner and subsequently getting permanently yanked, despite the Bucs turning to streetwalkers to return kicks. Then the Bucs went out this season and drafted James, a guy the organization has openly compared to Earnest Graham for his versatility, work ethic and team-first mentality.
Why the heck would the Bucs trade up and draft James if Smith was thought of so highly?
Plus, rockstar general manager Mark Dominik has said many times he prefers big running backs. James has 20 pounds and an inch on Smith.
Joe views James as the handpicked backup running back, a role he’s likely to keep unless he starts fumbling, which was an issue with Smith at times during 2012 practices.