Mike James A Rising Star?November 8th, 2013
Now Joe is trying to temper his enthusiasm for Mike James. The Bucs’ rookie running back had a wonderful game against the Seahawks in Seattle. But peel the onion skins back, and Seattle is soft on the run.
Still, James showed promising signs. And by listening to chipper Bucs coach Greg Schiano yesterday (he was in such a good mood he didn’t wait for a question before he started talking about his team), the fact James had such a good game was not a shock.
“Just the signs,” Schiano said of his confidence in James. “He came in here and he just tried to do everything we asked him to do, not only schematically and technique-wise, but taking care of his body and rest and all the things that [we asked of him]. And he just got better and better and better, and you could see it, and we started to play him more and more.”
Time will soon tell (we should know by the end of the season) if James’ game against Seattle was just a fluke or one of many strong games. But if James is this solid, the Bucs have a chance to have a dominant running attack, a one-two punch with Doug Martin and James.
There is more to like about the development of James: The more James gets the ball, the more the Bucs can save the tread on Martin’s tires.
A win-win for the Bucs.