A Running Back To Keep An Eye On

March 3rd, 2018

Running to the Bucs?

The Bucs need a defensive end. And a corner. And a defensive tackle. And a guard.

Oh, yeah. They need a running back, too.

Other than that, how was the car ride, Mrs. Kennedy?

Such is the state of your Buccaneers, baby. And so Joe was sniffing around running backs this week the way the Labradors employed by the Indiana State Police were sniffing sports reporters for contraband, weapons and bombs at the Indiana Convention Center, home of the NFL combine in downtown Indianapolis.

(Update: Apparently, the Labs are being overworked. Nerves are frayed. This morning, two bomb-sniffers decided they wanted to throw down. There was growling, barking and gnashing of fangs. When the two combatants were restrained by their handlers, the dog that was an instigator decided he then wanted to hump a reporter’s leg — not Joe’s! Joe senses this might be what a night out barhopping with Richie Incognito is like.)

One guy getting a lot of buzz is Oregon running back Royce Freeman. Joe asked him what makes his attractive to NFL teams.

“I think I’m very versatile,” Freeman said. “I bring a lot of things to the able especially around 230. I can pass pro. I run to the football really hard and catch out of the back field. I feel like I can do a lot of things. Trying to be a three-down back. I feel like that’s how you make it in the league, I feel like that’s how you stay on teams and stay on the field.”

As Joe has stated, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter’s history in the NFL is not friendly to rookie running backs. Joe remembers watching “Hard Knocks” when the Dixie Chicks were featured and Koetter was the offensive coordinator. Koetter’s biggest gripe with Devonta Freeman as a rookie was he couldn’t pass pro.

Also, anyone remember last year? Koetter thought SnoopDog McPlaybook was good at pass pro and when he missed blocks on “Hard Knocks,” Koetter lit into him?

Well, that doesn’t seem to be a problem with Royce Freeman.

It was interesting that two running-back-needy teams, the 49ers and the Lions, were the first two teams Freeman had formal interviews with this week.

So Bucs fans may want to monitor Freeman. He should be a guy on their radar.

52 Responses to “A Running Back To Keep An Eye On”

  1. Seminole Bill Says:

    …and a backup QB, in case Jameis gets suspended

  2. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    The visit tracker that I saw said the bucs have yet to interview ANYONE at the combine. Just more ineptitude. Can’t help but feels hopeless. Who is Howie Rodman’s assistant GM in Philly? They seem to have turn that dump around quick, could be our GM next year!!!

  3. Destinjohnny Says:

    Bo Scarborough

  4. Alanbucs Says:

    @Mike Evans Goat. They have interviewed John Kelly from Tennessee confirmed.

  5. John meeks Says:

    I think this guy is under rated,one of the darkhorses of the draft.

  6. Kelvin Says:

    Not impressed by this guy. Peyton Barber would be more effective to me. And the pass protection thing is SECONDARY. We need yards and explosive plays on 1st and 2nd down for God’s sake!

  7. John meeks Says:

    He reminds me of Frank gore.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    I’ll second that DestinJohnny … ‘Bo Scarborough’.

  9. John meeks Says:

    Destinjohnny, how is good but I was wandering if you are concerned with his running style?he seems to run upright,so I’m concerned about that style of running in the nfl.he may take some real shots running high like he does and that’s hard to coach out of a player.

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    “I think this guy (Freeman) is under rated, one of the darkhorses of the draft.”

    John, you just let the cat out of the bag. Licht will now draft him in the 2nd round.

  11. John meeks Says:

    Bo is good,damn phone

  12. mike10 Says:

    Cool jerseys, that’s all there is to see here.

    No explosion, didn’t outrun anyone, and looks very tight in the hips.

    No thx, I’d rather have Peyton Barber

  13. John meeks Says:

    Destinjohnny,I was asking if you were concerned about bo running to upright

  14. John meeks Says:

    Defenserules,he will be there in the 3rd,maybe even 4th.our GM better start working soon.he has already let a lot of talent go by so I’m not sure what he is thinking but I’m not very happy with him.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Watched the highlights…..noticed wide open holes for mostly short yardage…..didn’t see a lot of broken tackles or any breakaway speed for long TDs…..I don’t think this guy is special…..Give me Peyton Barber with the Oregon Oline!!!

  16. John meeks Says:

    He is a North to south runner that has an all around game,can catch the ball naturally.there are better backs in the draft,but this kid will have a nice productive career.if he is there in rounds 3to4,you snag him.a good hard nose runner that runs with power and good pad level that can make you miss.he is pretty damn good and very productive.

  17. teacherman777 Says:


    bo scarborough did not look athletic at all yesterday.

    Bo looked stiff and slow.

    Nobody should recommend him! He is not what you need in the NFL.

    We need to sign Blount, Darren Sproles, and draft the best RB available in the 2nd round.

  18. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    Yea Joe…thanks but no thanks.
    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    March 3rd, 2018 at 1:45 pm
    Watched the highlights…..noticed wide open holes for mostly short yardage…..didn’t see a lot of broken tackles or any breakaway speed for long TDs…..I don’t think this guy is special…..Give me Peyton Barber with the Oregon Oline!!!
    Dilly Dilly

  19. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    @John Meeks
    Snag him with the 3rd…are you serious? We can ill afford to choose a player who wouldn’t start over PB. Wasted move sir. Not calling you out, just stating that as much help our dline needs help. Gotta take a RB with the 2nd imho
    Lol choose one

  20. Bucs55 Says:

    Kallen Ballage is a sleeper I love comming out of ASU great size great speed

  21. John meeks Says:

    Whatdabucisthis, I agree we need one of the backs you mentioned but right now you have 2 on the roster and he is better than jaques.you normally carry 4 backs on a roster so unless they grab one in free agency as of now they need two more runningbacks.he would be a steal in rounds 3to4 .i just think the kid is under rated!

  22. Guzzie Says:

    Wutabuc….I would add Nick Chubb to that list he’s way more athletic than previously given credit for, faster, stronger than Michel, but if our drunk GM doesn’t select one of these 4 guys he needs to go

  23. John meeks Says:

    Don’t get me wrong,don’t draft two runningbacks!we need some defensive linemen.they will take one in the 2nd round but after that the picks better be on defense.sign a rb in free agency, draft one in 2nd round,and then build the defensive line.

  24. John meeks Says:

    Guzzie, he should already be gone!

  25. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    I freaking love Shaquem Griffin man!!!!!! 20 REPS AT 225!!!! WHOOOOOOW IM PUMPED!!

  26. Defense Rules Says:

    John Meeks … Bo Scarborough is projected by WalterFootball to be a 4th-6th Round pick. I don’t see personally him as a 3-down back, but he does have a knack for getting yardage in tough situations IMO (Bama’s my team & I watch every game they play). Split time with Damien Harris in 2017 (who I also like). In 2 yrs he had 19 TDs (not that shabby) against some excellent competition. I also like this line from WalterFootball: “similar to Derrick Henry with the size to run over defenders and a surprising burst to break off long runs for a big back.” Would like to see the Bucs get him as their SECOND RB drafted in say the 5th round (still like Michel and/or Guice in 2nd round).

  27. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    My bad yes Chubb as well. I prefer Michel. That break away speed…
    Eh…I’ll pass

    @Kelvin …And the pass protection thing is SECONDARY. We need yards and explosive plays on 1st and 2nd down for God’s sake!
    Dilly Dilly

  28. SB Says:

    I was really hoping for Nick Chubb in the Third but as I said in the last thread he is moving up after yesterday. Solid second rounder now, if not late first.

  29. John meeks Says:

    Defense rules, well said.we are all in this together and just want to win!

  30. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    Wait let us not be distracted…

  31. John meeks Says:

    Whatdabucisthis, lol right!!!

  32. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    Yea man!!! Lol

  33. SB Says:

    My bad yes Chubb as well. I prefer Michel. That break away speed…
    Chubb 4.52 40
    Michelle 4.54

  34. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    Well played

  35. SB Says:

    Looking at these RBs and WRs scores it is absolutely Amazing to me how much better Tebow’s measurables were than almost Any athlete still today. (outside of the 40 that is. And he was 6’4. 245/ Why couldn’t the kid just switch positions. Smh.

  36. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    Moderation Joe? For what?

  37. SB Says:

    @Wutda……..Joe’s filters SUCK!

  38. LakeLand Says:

    Royce Freeman was a 5 star coming out of High School. I like him, he would fit with the Bucs.

  39. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    If we can build wall of an O-Line, then we can make Peyton Barber look like an all-pro

    Draft Saquon, Chubb, Nelson, or trade down.

    Don’t reach.

    See The Licht

  40. Tony from Los Angeles Says:

    Joe – they need multiple offensive and defensive lineman. The put all eggs in a single player basket hasn’t produced any results in more than a decade.


  41. BucEmUp Says:

    The lions have an excellent rb on the roster. I’d offer them a 7th for Zenner and use the picks on other positions

  42. Ed Says:

    No wiggle, not running low to the ground, don’t waste a draft pick, there are plenty of undrafted players that can be plugged in for short yardage pickups, Bucs need a back that can pop outside with burst, they already have Barber who has power and more moves than this Oregon back

  43. Rrsrq Says:

    1. Barkley
    2. Michel
    3. Chubb/Penny
    4. Scarbrough

    I like that fact that everybody is bypassing Penny and all he has done is performed on the field, 3rd fastest time of all RB’s. So I hope he slips to the 3rd after we get (1) Nelson (2) Davenport – just think how these players are going to fall to the Bucs, they will not make any moves up or down

  44. USFBUC Says:

    We need two RBs from the draft. I love love Penny too, he only has one year of serious wear on his body

  45. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    c’mon man. Can’t waste 2 picks on RB. Way too many needs for that kind of drafting imho

  46. USFBUC Says:

    Also Barkley is blowing up at the Combine, the numbers he has put up are amazing. If we do some how full our needs, at both Guard positions, the D line, two CBs, and a SS, I would support a move to land Barkley if it meant giving up all our picks this year.

  47. USFBUC Says:

    @whatthebuc – they need two RBs though and less miles is better for a RB, also all of the teams needs can be addressed in FA if they really want to and still leave room for extending several players this year

  48. USFBUC Says:


    Trade DJax and trade/cut Sweezy, frees up cap space and hopefully nets us a pair of picks, optimistically a 3rd and 5th rounder.

    Throw $12m a year at Norwell and Sitton. After looking at PFF they actually graded Marpet as the 7th best Center which is better than Jensen so I am sticking with Marpet at C. With those two the line is pretty well set and we have a ton of cap room still.


    Trade/cut Ayers and Gholston. Re-sign MacDonald @ $4m a year.

    Then go sign Richardson and Wilkerson so they can play together again. We can probably have them for $12m per year. I would also make a play for Bennett if he is available and then try and convince all of the FAs to take $1m less per year so we could bring Bennett back to Tampa. At CB we can re-sign Grimes and a similar price CB to play the other side or go big money and get a guy like Trumaine Johnson.

    In the draft I am going best defensive player available at 7 unless we can trade back and still land that same player. Second round I’m still going defense. Then in the third round I am taking two RBs or a RB and a T. After that it’s more RB, OL, WR, CB

    All these moves and we are at like $30m in cap space before signing our draft picks

  49. Off the Cuff Says:

    Early round pick = top shelf versatile back.

    5th or 6th round (typically a throwaway pick for Bucs) , use that on a power back like kalen Ballage or Bo Scarborough

  50. USFBUC Says:

    @Off the Cuff – I would love Ballage in the 6th round

  51. gp Says:

    Trade McCoy, D-Jax and Ryan Griffin along with a future 1st to the Browns for their 1st and 4th
    Three picks in the top ten of the draft would heal a lot of the Buc’s problems
    A truly bold move

  52. Duke Says:

    Alcorn State, De’Lance Turner. 2nd team All American RB
    This guy would be a good UDFA sign. Go look at his highlights.
    Beast mode running and has excellent hands.
    6-2 220.