Running Attack Needs Upgrade

April 8th, 2019

Bucs GM Jason Licht.

It is difficult to believe the Bucs will not address their running back situation in some way.

Let’s call it like we see it here: The rushing attack is just plain sorry. Yeah, Ronald Jones supposedly has talent, but after what he did (didn’t?) show last year would you trust him?

And the cry of folks who make excuses for Peyton Barber is just as sad. “Oh, he works hard.” Yeah, great. How about working hard for positive yardage, eh?

Joe knew the Bucs had a horrid rushing attack but didn’t realize just how bad until reading a piece recently by Connor Orr of, who ranks the Bucs just about at rock bottom in the NFL for a rushing attack.

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Peyton Barber led the way with 871 yards and five touchdowns last year (on 3.7 yards per carry). While the Buccaneers were a fundamentally broken team a year ago, they did have a good offensive coordinator in Todd Monken who provided some solid looks. Will Bruce Arians have a major impact here?

The more Joe thinks about it, the more Joe is convinced the Bucs will draft a running back. And Joe has known for a long time that adding at least a third-down back is the official plan.

We know the Bucs sent running backs coach Todd McNair to both Penn State and Georgia to privately work out running backs Miles Sanders and Elijah Holyfield. Are both of those guys in play for the Bucs, or should Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht be eyeballing someone else?

35 Responses to “Running Attack Needs Upgrade”

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    Translation….OL help in the draft…Cody Ford

  2. Timbo Slice Says:

    As a University of Georgia fan, I would stray away from drafting Holyfield. I was less than impressed his only season as a starter.

    That being said, we do need to address the RB position and the group as a whole before the start of the season. In my eyes, our lack of versatility allowed teams to wreak havoc on Winston as a one dimensional team.

    I liked the looks of Sanders and Harris, there’s also Love who’s draft stock has plummeted and could be a “buy low” situation. But I guess there’s a reason I’m here typing on some guys website and not a coach making millions. -.-

  3. Bucsdelight Says:

    Trade back in the draft and stock up on players. Gives a better chance of hitting on players. This is what the good teams do. Why do we think we are better than them? We aren’t.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    That’s what I’ve been saying all along. They need so much help at practcally all positions the more draft picks the better.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    That’s what I’ve been saying all along. They need help at practically every position so get as many draft picks you can.

  6. TOM Says:

    That’s what I’ve been saying all along. They need help at practically every position so get as many draft picks you can.

  7. wausa Says:

    Elijah Holyfield may not even get drafted, but Miles Sanders looks most likely to be a second round pick.

    The Bucs need help at the running back position, but they also have a desperate need at offensive guard. Considering the way the draft looks like it most likely will occur, I would hope offensive guard is a position they highly consider in the 2nd round and then draft a running back later.

  8. The Buc Realist Says:

    The “real” fans tried to tell the sheep this weeks ago!!!!!! You could tell that all that public love for Barber was a smoke screen!!!!!!!!!!! A running back will be targeted in the second round!!!!!!! They need to hid jw3 with a running game and help the defense with time of possession with a rushing attack!!!!!! The only problem is when you match up old stake biscuit BA to Head Coach Koetter, he has had produced a better rushing attack about 12 of the last 14 years!!!!!!! Did the bucs downgrade????????????

    2019 season will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bucsdelight Says
    “Trade back in the draft and stock up on players. Gives a better chance of hitting on players. This is what the good teams do.”

    I agree, but somehow I don’t think it will happen this year.

    First, Jason Licht has very little say in the matter. Bruce Arians is the guy who will decide what to do.

    Second, Bruce Arians has done nothing but make the team worse so far. He;s released some great talent and replaced them with bad talent…so I suspect he will want to make a big splash in the draft by picking a surefire player…at five.

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    By released, I meant let go.

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    So…we now know that Anonymous and TOM are the same person…

    Show some b@lls. Use one name and be accountable!

  12. knucknbuc Says:

    imagine being the gm that picked ronald jones in the draft and then having to pick another rb the next year high. you also get to keep your job lmao. its almost like he doesnt have a clue bec hell also pick 3 safeties in 2 years all in the first four rounds while heavily scouting top safeties this year. what a clown shoes gm the bucs have.

  13. Defense Rules Says:

    @Bucsdelight … “Trade back in the draft and stock up on players.” OR … ‘Stay where we are at #5, #39, #70 in the first 3 Rounds’. POTENTIALLY in that order we could get LB Devin White (or Devin Bush), OG Chris Lindstrom or DE Jaylon Ferguson, RB Miles Sanders (or Damien Harris). That’d leave us our last 4 picks to ‘play the field’ so to speak, selecting BPAs who we know would take time to develop, but who MIGHT contribute something this year.

    The 2 big IFs impacting our draft selections are (1) What happens with GMC? and (2) Will the Bucs pick up an experienced CB in FA? If either or both of those happen, heaven only knows what the Bucs will do in the draft because our NEEDS would obviously be quite different.

  14. SCBucsFan Says:

    That’s what I’ve been saying all along. They need help at practically every position so get as many draft picks you can.

  15. ben Says:

    Licht is the worst gm the bucs have ever had !! Why keep a loser??

  16. Alanbucsfan Says:

    All the playoff teams have high draft picks on offensive line.
    Bucs have 2 second rounders , free agent, and some later round picks-
    Drafting another running back in top 2 rounds is not going to fix the running game problem.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I am not convinced we need to draft a RB…….if GMC is traded or cut we will have the money to bring in an experienced FA RB & there will be some available. Do we want to rely on another rookie RB?…..Essentially, we will have two…..Rojo is practically a rookie.

    I would prefer we draft a Guard…..and preferably in the first 3 rounds.

  18. Bucsdelight Says:

    We could trade back get a 1st this year and next few years. Hopefully get a 2nd this year as well. Draft DL, LB, OL, RB, QB, and whatever else we need. Then next year, we’ll have two 1st rounders.

  19. Joeypoppems Says:

    I dont like the idea of using another day 2 pick on a RB. Would much rather see them use a day 3 pick on a RB who has upside as a weapon in the passing game to compliment Barber. James Williams would be a nice pick.

    Try that this year and if it fails then next years draft class is another loaded one for RBs.

  20. Destinjohnny Says:

    We have the worst stable of backs in the leauge so hell yes we need an upgrade

  21. RustyRhinos Says:

    Hey Bonzai, in the leave a reply section if it is empty in the name area, and the mail (will not be published) I believe it posts as Anonymous. At least this is how I believe it happened to myself. I posted it came up as Anonymous. I went back an looked, had no info in those areas.

    I hope we draft a player who plays successfully as expected at his position for the entire length of his first contract. With our First, Second,Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh rounds picks in the 2019 draft.

    For me BPA in rounds 1,2,3. Not in order just best players available at time of our picks, of
    my opinion of top three needs OL, DL, LB (MLB). Lots of good combinations of available Talent in the first three rounds. A trade should provide several more opportunities to add to the draft picks in the first three rounds. A trade down and we can get a 2&3 that could be five new players of need in OL, DL, LB squads. It is getting exciting thinking about it.
    Go Bucs!!

  22. Buc believer Says:

    The GM position needs an upgrade.

  23. BucsFIRE Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    “Show some b@lls.”


    That’s hilarious coming from you.

  24. Billy_43 Says:

    Yes Rusty
    Balls has NOTHING to do with it.
    Happens all the time when you leave your username blank.

  25. Anonymous Says:

    I really like Miles Sanders if we can get him in the 3rd

  26. BucsFIRE Says:

    ^ Precisely. Thank you Billy.

  27. JameisAlmighty! Says:

    GM needs upgrade. Fireee Licht!

  28. scott fitzgerald Says:

    Joe, you know how Winston likes to throw it out to the RBs in the flat. He usually always with anticipation. Our RBs haven’t been able to figure how to catch it in stride. That’s why I feel Andre Ellington may be a sleeper surprise.

    From what I read he was training the entire time. A year off may be good for the 30ish year old pass catching back.

  29. straightcashhomey Says:


    Per @RustyRhinos, BucsFIRE, Billy_43 above ^^^^…..

    Like someone wise once said on here very creatively and so very aptly, you actual moron….”the food court tables won’t clean themselves, and be sure to push the chairs back in once you’re done”.

    It is baffling how much you lack a manageable intellect, and I believe you mentioned earlier also….that you’re married. Lord knows what she was thinkin.

  30. 813bucboi Says:

    devin singeltary, darrell henderson, benny snell…..all good 3rd down backs in rounds 5 or lower….


  31. Omac Says:

    Josh Jacobs and David Montgomery are the best RBs in the draft.

  32. Pickgrin Says:

    “Running Attack Needs Upgrade”

    Yes – but primarily in the form of a RG and two new Tackles who can actually run block.

  33. Magadude Says:

    I don’t think Jason can regnogize a good RB…and I think he is itching to show he can. But if they do draft one, I hope they pick one up third round and use their first two picks for a DT and RG.

  34. BucEmUp Says:

    Yeah, its 100% irrelevant that Jones got two carries and game, chances to.catch some.screen passes(even though he caught a deep ball pretty easily) and was hit behind the line of scrimmage as soon as he was hit.

    Does everyone just get on here a spew opinions without talking any of the circumstances into consideration? The kid would go to (you know where) and take a few screens to the house.

    Real coaching will fix this very soon at more positions than just running back

  35. Clw JB Says:

    Have to have more than one RB in the NFL and we have 1.5 in Barber and Ellington – jury is out on RJ unfortunately

    The draft will speak volumes to the staff’s thoughts, its all smoke and mirrors til the picks come in!!!!!