“I Think Coach Schiano Knows How To Use Me”July 11th, 2013
Like every running back, Bucs veteran running back Brian Leonard wants the rock. And yesterday he told his rural New York hometown newspaper that he expects to get it in Tampa Bay after four seasons on the Bengals.
For weeks, Joe’s been trying to alert fans that Leonard will play a huge role if healthy come opening day, and Leonard revealed a little of what that role might be.
“I’m excited. I had a great time in Cincinnati and have some good friends there, and the fans are great. But I needed a change and I think Coach Schiano knows how to use me. Hopefully I’ll progress throughout camp and show my skills, and my role with the team will get bigger and bigger. …
“Tampa Bay was in a lot of close games last year, and we’ve been working a lot on the two-minute drill,” Leonard said. “Coach has brought me in to help relieve Doug Martin when needed. I’ll be all right as long as I can prove myself in camp.”
Hmmm, well, Leonard was a third-down back for the Bengals, who were frequent visitors to the playoffs during his time there. So Leonard says he thinks Schiano knows how to use him and he’s talking about coming to Tampa to spell Doug Martin, then Joe’s going to make a not-so-wild leap and say the Bucs are planning for Leonard to be a lot busier than D.J. Ware was last season.
Joe’s confident Doug Martin will get even more work in 2013, especially on third down, but there still should be plenty of touches for Leonard. The veteran also plays fullback, which could give the Bucs more versatility and unpredictability in the backfield.