No Rest For Jeremy McNichols

July 7th, 2017

Bucs GM Jason Licht found a worker in Round 5

Remember when Joe noted that the last man off the field after a June practice was rookie running back Jeremy McNichols?

That was noteworthy because it was scorching hot and McNichols wasn’t allowed to practice.

In fact, he missed all spring field work because of winter shoulder surgery. McNichols is expected back for training camp, but there are no guarantees.

On that spring day, McNichols was stretching and going through his own routine long after his teammates had hit the locker room. And the grind continues for hungry McNichols.

Check out this McNichols workout video below from a Boise TV station. He’s highly revered in Idaho after 314 carries last season for 1,709 yards and a whopping 23 touchdowns on the ground. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry during his Boise State career, the exact same average Doug Martin had during his four years running the ball for those same Broncos.

21 Responses to “No Rest For Jeremy McNichols”

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    It’d be great if this kid breaks out especially considering the uncertainty of Martin’s situation. Besides, we were going to need a RB sooner than later anyway.

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    hopefully mcnichols makes the unreliable loser doug martin just another footnote in history… good luck Mr. McNichols

  3. ARGH_M8E Says:

    We’ve gotta see this kid in preseason! RB still scares most of us who have eyeballs. Shifting of line and additional weapons added to O should help. I just wish we had a stud back, then again… A hungry hungry muscle hampster should be good, and quiz was more then serviceable. Simms in passing downs, and maybe even adding a roster cut casualty, wether it’s a talent issue or unfortunate injury… You never know. I don’t care who gets the bulk of the carriers as long as they’re crushing it!!!

  4. Pick6 Says:

    sneaky depth at the position. i’m predicting limited impact for the kid if thw RB corps stays healthy. the team will trust others over him the first 3 weeks of his career, and whether Martin is a workhorse or just another offensive piece he will put the rookie on the sidelines more often when he returns in week 4 and beyond

    this is probably jacquizz rodgers’ final season as a buc, and if mcnichols is as advertised charles sims could be out the door too. they may just opt to keep the kid fairly fresh as he acclimates this year, and then proceed to ride him much harder once 3 of the guys ahead of him exit the roster next offseason

  5. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    M8E I can’t help but emphasise Seattle had five new starters on they’re O line last season and went right back to the tournament. At some point we must stop preaching being concerned this and concerned that but more so determined to see our guys simply do they’re jobs as best they can. That happens I’m fine with whatever the results are.

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I hope Jeremy McNichols turns out to be the best NFL Running Back in NFL history. But until he proves he isn’t a bust, he gets no props from me.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Unless we carry 5 rbs……Peyton Barber might have to be risked by putting him on the PS…..
    Don’t count Sims out so easily….it’s amazing how good players can get in a contract year…..also 2 years ago he averaged 4.9 per carry running and tore up the league receiving.
    I can’t see McNichols getting much work unless there are injuries.

    My prediction is that Martin will be back after his suspension. It is also my hope that he will return to form.


    Is it just me, or in all of the McNichols highlights, once he’s in the open field, he doesn’t get caught from behind!!! A trait that Dougie needs to improve upon, if possible. If the torn labrum surgery was performed correctly, that will not be a concern. This kid has hands. blocking ability, speed and can deliver a hit!! This is now the NFL, obviously, but if the Falcons can get a stallion in Devonta Freeman much later than he should’ve gone, why can’t we be so “lucky”? In Light we trust. GO BUCS!!!

  9. chris Says:

    Bonzai says that about McNichols but defends Aguaybust all day,,,, I know, Jeremy is from Boise and the other guys a Nole

  10. Destinjohnny Says:

    Guy has pride!
    We have a lot of guys on the team that are proud cats.

  11. Pa Privateer Says:

    I really want McNichols to stick and to contribute. I really like all of our Draftees this year. Most years I scratch my head about certain picks and don’t know anything about them, but this year I had read or watch highlights on all of the bucs draft picks. I am so excited to see Mc Nichols here. He will be just as good as Martin and Sims with a little bit of time.

  12. Pickgrin Says:

    Always rooting for a rookie to do well. Football lives are short – especially for RBs. Hope this kid balls out – grabs the starting job and never looks back. Then we’d have a young, fresh RB making (5th round pick) rookie contract $ for the next 4 years and kicking our opponents asses on the ultra-cheap.

    A draft choice like this literally exemplifies the reason its just plain stupid to draft a RB in the 1st round. Especially high in the 1st.

    I laugh at Carolina for choosing McCaffrey at #8 overall (1400 draft value points).
    CMac and JMac’s #s and all around measurables are very close. With the exception that JMac had more than TWICE as many rushing TDs as the “dynamic” Christian McCaffrey. And he’s a better pass protector/blocker as well.

    So Carolina spent the value equivalent of our 1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks this year on a versatile RB high in the 1st round. Meanwhile – the Bucs loaded up with talent at TE, S, WR and LB before drafting a very similar versatile RB with pick #162 (26.6 value points). The equivalent of walking up to a yard sale at the end of the day as they are packing up and saying – “Oh – I could use that – will you take a dollar for it?” – and going home with that useful and needed item for almost nothing.

    You da man Jason Licht!

  13. Lamarcus Says:

    Agree bonzai

    No props from me either. Watching him working out in that video is “what he is supposed to doing” nothing special here

  14. Roostercogburn Wayne Says:

    That kid is sharp! He is going to make all those idiots who didn’t give him the recognition he deserved while in college, eat their words. McNichols is so driven and so calculated when it comes to the game, he’ll get to the top of his mountain guareenteed. McNichols sweats greatness!

  15. KfromFLA Says:

    I think Mother Nature will make the selection at RB this season. There are 5 likely locks for the 53 if healthy, Martin, Sims, Quizz, Barber, and Mac. Someone unfortunately is likely going to get hurt before week 1, it always happens. Last man standing gets the slot, the other may join Martin sitting out but on IR, or could get cut. The Martin situation is great because the Bucs essentially get to take 54 players into week 4 before they have to cut one. Based on the normal injuries at RB, that is a nice problem.

    The big question will affect the RBs and TEs; will the Bucs keep a FB or extra TE. I think that the talent, both blocking and special teams will determine which position gets the extra player. That will be one to watch and will determine the future of guys like the HUGE 6-1, 250+lb FB Quayvon Hicks, or Alan Cross who has the upper hand with good ST tape already out there. That is a below the radar training camp story to watch.

  16. tHatpHatty Says:

    I like this guy he was just on nfl network knows his teammates already good kid. I think with Martin out the start of the season he’s gotta a shot to get some touches, especially if he stays healthy. The kid is quick he’s got that new school Warrick Dunn feel with better hands and quicker feet. He should get plenty of looks this preseason to prove himself. He’s gotta shot to make an impact this season early on if he gets that playbook down and puts in the work!! All these new weapons got me hyped up this season!!Go Bucs!!

  17. Tamoris Heard Says:

    Jac is in the driver seat it is Martin or Nicholas to beat him out and I don’t see that because Jackie is a vet and hungry for the playoffs and even a Superbowl ring I like all day.

  18. SOEbuc Says:

    Of course I would love for McNichols to become a stud, but I’m not so sure that is going to happen. It seems he runs a lot of sideline to sideline and the NFL aint no MWC.

  19. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Wow a tough crowd. A player can only compete against the competition he is given. Up to this point McNichols has outplayed Doug Martin. But that competition took place solely at BSU and so folks want to see how the competition plays out with McNichols now in the NFL.

    I’d feel pretty comfortable believing that McNichols will have larger numbers at the end of five years than Doug has at the same mark in his career. 2 great seasons simply does not make a great career.

    If people want something to worry about it’s health…Doug has already shown that he can be fragile…now McNichols comes in off an injured shoulder.

    We may be down to Quizz…Barber..and Sims…and then we have to consider Sims health.

    3 RB’s with health issues is cause for some concern.

  20. feelthepewterpower Says:

    The kid had better numbers than McCaffery.

  21. firethecannons Says:

    Martin is seriously injury prone–nonsense hamstring injuries that don’t show up on an xray, he is getting too old for this too, I am rooting for McNichols, love to see us get draft pick via trade for Doug Martin