Sunday Running Back Impressions

July 31st, 2011

Joe’s out here on a wonderfully cool night enjoying Bucs training camp under the clouds, glorious clouds.

Of course, Joe will bring you all kinds of stuff from camp later tonight and tomorrow. But Joe wanted to fire off a quick impression of the running backs, as Joe studied them intentely for a while as they went through drills, etc.

It’s interesting to see big backs like Allen Bradford and LeGarrette Blount have so much balance as compared to manbeast fullback Rendrick Taylor, who’s such a menacing presence but isn’t nearly in the same class. Then you watch a guy like Erik Lorig pile on the effort in everything he does, and it’s easy to see how a guy like that made the team as a rookie playing a brand new position, as he did last year.

Earnest Graham showed his great hands and footwork, and Kregg Lumpkin dropped a few balls.

Admittedly, Joe knows little about former Notre Dame running back Armando Allen, Jr. in camp, but the kid is just lightning quick and confident. Fun to watch, even if it’s just touch football and drills.

Consdering Cadillac Williams, if he was a Buccaneer, would just be standing on the sidelines until Aug. 4 with all the other free agent signees (stupidest league/union rule ever), it’s easy to see why the Bucs might be in no hurry to bring him back.

Plenty of time to negotiate and get a look at Lumpkin and the rest of the unit.

Again, Joe will return later with much more.

6 Responses to “Sunday Running Back Impressions”

  1. Dew Says:

    Thanks Joe. Skipped going to practice today so enjoyed your comments and tweets. Yes tweets. I signed up for tweeter because of you. Now I have a couple of questions if you have a minute.

    1) What does RT mean?

    2) Why do I seem to see some responses to the people I’m following but not all? Can I stop seeing responses?

    3) Thanks for the Steve White tweet contact info but after two days of his comments I unfollowed him. LOL

  2. Dew Says:

    BTW, thank you very much. I totally love tweeter now. The quickest way to get breaking sports news. Awesome.

  3. Dan Says:

    hey dew helpin a brother out while you wait for joe

    RT means retweet

    i dont know the answer to the second part but maybe this helps (i googled twitter what does rt mean and clicked the first link called twitter FAQ)

  4. Dew Says:

    Thanks Dan. Learning.

  5. Shayne Says:

    Wonder what Bradford can bring to our team

  6. Dave Says:

    Armando Allen, Jr

    From what I have read he is a fast, patient runner who bursts to the hole. He can catch out of the backfield and was projected to be a 3rd -4th rounder in 2012. He was also projected to be a 3rd down type of back. It said he will get big plays but probably will have trouble breaking long ones to the end zone because he doesn’t have a second gear. Other than that, he sounds like good competition for Huggins