Bucs Actually Have Another Running BackOctober 20th, 2013
The word in the inner circles of the NFL is that the Bucs don’t have a quality running back other than Doug Martin. Bucs fans won’t necessarily disagree. That’s why Bucs fans were quickly pulling up their Bucs rosters on their smartphones to find out just who this mysterious No. 25 was.
Surely it couldn’t have been troubled Aqib Talib?
No, it was Mike James, you know, the running back from Miami that was a third-day draft pick? (Damn that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik and his draft picks.)
With Martin suffering a shoulder injury deep in Dixie Chicks territory in the third quarter, James came in and got some needed yards up the middle to set up a one-yard pass to Vincent Jackson that gave the Bucs their first touchdown recorded in the second half this season (!).
James would finish with 45 yards on 14 carries, including a strong run for three yards on a critical 4th-and-1 inside the Dixie Chicks-5. Until the status of Martin for Thursday is known, it appears James very well could be the Bucs starting tailback against Carolina.
“I just wanted to do a solid job on pass protection and moving the ball and put something together and get us a win,” James said. He did just that; James had a key block on a blitz that kept a drive alive in the fourth quarter.
Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon seemed happy with how James took over for Martin.
“Mike James really stepped up,” Glennon told the Buccaneers Radio Network. “I’m not sure what happened with Doug, but Mike did a great job. He did a lot of things that were unnoticed. He picked up blitzes or we never would have had a touchdown from Vincent Jackson.”
James’ play didn’t come as a surprise to Schiano, also speaking on the Buccaneers Radio Network.
“Mike has been showing in the last few weeks that he is ready to be an NFL running back,” Schiano said. “We needed him today.”