Low-Mileage Leonard Shows His ValueAugust 9th, 2013
Selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft to backup/complement Steven Jackson in St. Louis, Bucs running back Brian Leonard then moved to the Bengals in 2009, when Cedric Benson began his first of three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
One could make a case that Leonard never had much of a shot to get carries. But Greg Schiano talked earlier this summer about how Leonard’s low mileage on his body, but plenty of experience, is a good thing. Leonard is fresh after four years as a third-down back in Cincinnati. And Schiano, who coached Leonard at Rutgers, trusts him.
Leonard showed Bucs fans last night that he’s got some spark to his game. Leonard had a punishing, extra-effort short yardage gain, one that would have made one of Leonard’s boyhood heroes, Mike Alstott, proud. Also, Leonard showed versatility in blocking and out of the backfield. He finished with six carries for 23 yards, including a 13-yard gain.
If nothing else, Leonard looks to be a major upgrade to D.J. Ware, last season’s third-down back.
Listen to Leonard below, audio via WDAE-AM 620 and the Buccaneers Radio Network.