Peyton Hillis Could Be Busy SundaySeptember 6th, 2013
Greg Schiano revealed today that starting fullback Erik Lorig is very much questionable for Sunday’s game.
So in Joe’s mind that means it’s likely Peyton Hillis will earn a helmet on Sunday and see meaningful action against the Jets.
Rookie Mike James is not a fullback, and veteran running back Brian Leonard readily admits he hasn’t been fullback-sized since blocking for Ray Rice in college.
Hillis told Joe this week that he’s been getting work at fullback and is healthy and ready to go. Hillis, a superstar with the Browns in 2010, is brimming with confidence. Joe had to ask Hillis if he was surprised to make the final Bucs roster, and Hillis was adamant that he’s not in Tampa as a hanger-on. Hillis said he believes he proved as much as the other backup running backs through training camp and preseason.
Fullback was Hillis’ college position, and he’s played the position in the pros and he definitely has the size. He’s also got proven NFL hands out of the backfield.
Yes, the Bucs lined up with tight ends in the backfield in preseason — that’s how Tom Crabtree got hurt (he’s out for Sunday) — but keep in mind that’s preseason, which doesn’t mean much.
Hillis might get quite an opportunity to revive his career and inject a surprise spark into the Bucs offense Sunday. If the Bucs play to their capabilities against a crappy Jets team, then it would be great to see Leonard and Hillis close out the game on the ground in the fourth quarter with Doug Martin getting valuable rest.