“An Export Business”May 28th, 2014
The Bucs are loaded at running back, and second-year RB Mike James knows he’s gone from shining Schiano Man to a guy fighting hard for a job.
James is battling for a role complementing Doug Martin, and Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Jeff Demps want the same thing.
Few teams carry four running backs.
Will the Bucs have a fullback?
James told Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com he gets that he could be the odd man out. “You always got to understand this is an export business. You know, you’re in; you’re out.” James said, via this video.
And in a moment that warmed Joe’s heart, James talked about himself in the third person, saying he’ll battle hard and let the front of do its thing, “I’ll take care of Mike.”
Of note, Smith referenced that James wasn’t 100 percent healthy for his ankle injury when the Bucs began their offseason program, but James is at full speed now.
It’ll be an interesting numbers game at running back, one Joe is confident will come down to special teams. James, when drafted, was billed as the next Earnest Graham, a selfless player who can contribute in all phases of running back play and special teams. Joe doubts Rainey or Demps can bring that kind of versatility.
As for Sims, he’s a roster lock, of course, as a third-round pick.