Showcasing Peyton HillisAugust 23rd, 2013
The Bucs have little use for Peyton Hillis.
Doug Martin is the superstar in the backfield stable. Veteran Brian Leonard played very well against the Ravens’ first team and was called “a winner” by Greg Schiano. And rookie Mike James had a breakout game last week in New England, and the organization has been very high on his team-first attitude and versatility since April’s NFL Draft.
Hillis will not leapfrog any of those guys on the depth chart, and both Hillis and Schiano have said Hillis is not a special teams player.
But what’s intriguing about Hillis is his potential trade value and how the Bucs could try and showcase him a bit in Miami on Saturday. Hillis already has 22 preseason carries for 86 yards.
Running backs typically drop like flies around the NFL, and rockstar general manager may just be able to snag a sixth- or seventh-round pick for Hillis, who is sure to get a ton of carries in the preseason finale. Not every team has running back depth like the Bucs, and Joe would be surprised if Schiano would gamble that Hillis, and the baggage of his past, would be content and quiet as the new captain of the inactive list in Tampa.
As for the reigning captain of the inactive list, running back Michael Smith, he was injured during the Pats-Bucs preseason game and was walking in the dreaded walking boot this week at One Buc Palace. Joe suspects Smith won’t make the team but could become a prime practice-squad target.