Brian Leonard Can CatchMarch 27th, 2014
When Joe appeared with his good friend “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620, for the weekly JoeBucsFan Hour yesterday, one caller was happy former Bucs offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah was traded because said caller wanted a complete and total purge of Rutgers Men.
Rutgers Men equaled Schiano Men in this caller’s eyes, and said caller wants to completely and totally turn the page from the Greg Schiano Era.
Joe explained that Zuttah wasn’t the normal Schiano/Rutgers Man. He was drafted by Chucky and was rather good at times during in his Bucs days, including when as a rookie he filled in for Davin Joseph at right guard.
One Schiano/Rutgers Man whose future is unknown is running back Brian Leonard. The Rutgers Man is a free agent and has yet to sign with anyone.
The one thing that Leonard really brought to the table was his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. The stat nerds over at Pro Football Focus have documented who has the best drop rate of running backs and Leonard was among the best. Of the 30 passes targeted at Leonard that the stat geeks deemed catchable, he dropped but one pass.
Leonard’s rushing was, well, just OK, with a 3.4 yards per carry. Whether that was because of the shaky front line he played behind, only Leonard and Bucs coaches know.
But if Bucs coach Lovie Smith wants a dependable guy out of the backfield on passing downs, you can’t get much better than Leonard.