The Future Of Jacquizz RodgersJanuary 11th, 2017
Just about a month ago, aside from possibly depth, there was no issue at running back.
Now? It’s a major need along with wide receiver.
Many times publicly, winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has stated the need to acquire weapons for America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, indirectly launching the hashtag #WeaponsForWinston.
As of this moment, with Doug Martin in rehab (allegedly) and suspended, your No. 1 running back is free agent-to-be Jacquizz Rodgers. Can he be the guy to carry a rushing attack?
Last week on the final “Bucs Bonus” show for the football season, seen in the small hours of Monday mornings on WFLA-TV Channel 8, long-time Bucs beat guy Woody Cummings offered his take on Rodgers and his future.
“He was sitting on the sidelines in Dallas thinking, ‘I have no future with this team.’ Now, he does have a future,” Cummings said. “What is his future? Is he is a third-down back? Is he the starting tailback? I am not sure that is the case. He certainly could be a piece of it but I think [the Bucs] really have to look for an every-down back.”
This is likely going to have to be addressed through the draft. As of now, the pickings of projected free agent running backs looks grim. Joe cannot believe the Steelers would let Le’Veon Bell walk away, but he does have baggage (nagging injuries and drug suspension).
Other than Bell, the Bucs are looking at perhaps Latavius Murray, old men LeGarrette Blount, DeAngelo Williams, Darren McFadden, Reggie Bush and Eddie Lazy, to name a few.
Of course, none of these guys would be available if their respective teams decide to re-sign them. This is why if the Bucs are going to get a big time running back this offseason, it will be through the draft.