CBS: Go Get Jay Ajayi

July 25th, 2019


When Joe looks at what the Bucs have at running back, same as it was as last season, Joe just shakes his head.

And it seems just about every person who covers the NFL cannot understand how the Bucs have willfully ignored one of the worst rushing… attacks (?) in the league.

But there is someone out there looking for work who can help, so claims Jared Dubin of CBS Sports. With the news yesterday that free agent running back Jay Ajayi is healthy to return to football, Dubin thinks it is a total no-brainer the Bucs should sign him.

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This is the most obvious potential fit. The Bucs are currently looking at a Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones II timeshare in the backfield, and we saw how that worked out for them last year. Coach Bruce Arians did not originally bring in either of those players, so he presumably does not have a major attachment to them.

Now that is a very interesting point Dubin made. Bucco Bruce Arians has no connection to both Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones. Then again, why did he, or the organization, willfully ignore this position in the offseason? The team may as well have bought billboards along Dale Mabry Highway displaying “Blame Dirk Koetter.” Hey, they may be right. We will find out soon.

If the rushing attack is still morbid this fall, who are the Bucs going to blame then? Koetter is gone.

41 Responses to “CBS: Go Get Jay Ajayi”

  1. Tye Says:

    If he is good at throwing passes also the Bucs could skate by this season constantly running the wildcat…

  2. Sport Says:

    Because they believe they can coach, and BA doesn’t believe in overpaying for RB’s.

    Plus, doesn’t this.guy have serious availability issues?

    Joe, you are by far the worst judge of talent/roster moves ever.

    But I like a brother.

    In BA I Trust!

  3. Pepsi Says:

    Well we know why they ignored it. You guess have mentioned it more than once. They got here, reviewed the tape, and then said this team is desperate for better players in the secondary. RB was the sacrifice. Plus it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Ronald Jones is still seen as a talented potential play maker. They should Definitley be looking at ajayi though.

  4. Ndog Says:

    This guy is ALWAYS hurt and the last two teams he had have bailed on him so we would want him why?

  5. Waterboy Says:

    Depends on his asking price. Coming off that ACL tear this may be a recovery year for him.

  6. PriMech54 Says:

    Joe, I’ll say it again: solid running backs and productive ground games are the products of SYSTEMS, BLOCKING SCHEMES and CREATIVE PLAYCALLING. Jay Ajayi included. There is no exception to the rule except one – the generational talent; almost all of which are usually on teams that do not contend for championships. So, tell me, which of the above three was Dirk Koetter in possession of? Notice, I said ‘solid’ and ‘productive’. Not ‘superstar’ and ‘transcendent’. Playoff contenders with a chance at the title require the former; not the latter. You seem to be having trouble understanding the difference between the two.

    Did you not see Phillip Lindsay rip off 1,000 yards and 9 TDs with a 5.4 ypc after going undrafted? He just must be some bada$$ anomaly set to dominate the league right? Nah… I would imagine that running behind their top 10-ish O-line had a lot to do with it.

    Just relax, man. There is a good reason BA has never verbalized the running backs as a problem spot after watching enough film to drown yourself in (in fact, it was the opposite), and only addressed the position with a veteran-minimum signing that is most likely not going to make the final roster and end up camp meat (Andre Ellington).

  7. westernbuc Says:

    Dirk Koetter had one of the best running attacks his first year with the Bucs. Since then, our talent at running back and guard/right tackle has gotten worse.

    Ajayi has an injury bug, which should make him cheaper. Get him.

  8. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I would hate to see the Bucs rope themselves into a monetary agreement for Ajayi only to come in and we find out during TC he’s no better than what we already have for more money and more stitches, and stainless steel screws, on a obligatory promise he’s guaranteed a spot on the 53. Pass ..let’s see what we have

  9. PriMech54 Says:

    Case in point:

    The Denver Broncos offensive line ranked 1st in the NFL in YPC allowed before first contact at 2.13. (The Bucs ranked 30th with 1.00…)

    Phillip Lindsay ranked as the 3rd WORST RB in the entire NFL in yards AFTER contact at 2.3.

    This means he was the 3rd WORST RB in all of football to create opportunities for himself.

    Despite this he ranked #2 in total YPC and became the first ever undrafted rookie running back to make the probowl… GEE, I WONDER WHY. Do you see what I am saying here???

  10. PriMech54 Says:


    Nice try. We all know Lovie Smith held Dirk accountable to maintaining a steady running game because he had a rookie quarterback and couldn’t stop a nosebleed on defense, allowing over 70% completions to opposing quarterbacks. When Dirk was given the reigns the rushing attack suffered greatly, and the same Doug Martin that looked washed with 2.9 ypc went to a rebuilding Raiders squad and immediately posted 4.2 under Jon Gruden.

    It’s pretty insane how context is completely ignored in 99% of all discussions on this site.

  11. KingBuc17 Says:

    I say no way. Barber, Jones and Anderson will pave the way. I don’t want too many options…. I want us to physically beat other teams. Just like Arian’s Cardinals did to the Bucs in 16 and 17.

    Strategy – Approx. 60 balls during a game 10 Evans, 8 Godwin, 8 OJ, 8 (Perriman/Brate) 6 (Watson/Johnson/Miller) that leave around 20 for RB’s

    If we were going to make any RB moves before the beginning of the season I would hope it is Duke Johnson as a third down option to Jones II. I would run Barber & Anderson on first and second downs and then on third downs RJones and DJ.

    Too many question marks surround Ajai and Gordon too high $ for our need.

  12. Tval Says:

    Should have grabbed Sproles. Jay is too oft injured. Great player and teammate though.

  13. AwShbucs Says:

    He’s been medically cleared to play so I’m all for it. Although I still think we could improve our running game much more by acquiring a road grader at RG

  14. Stanglassman Says:

    I concur Kingbuc.

  15. Buczilla Says:

    Injury history is a concern but he is far better than anything we have and I’d take him in a heartbeat if he doesn’t break the bank.

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    @AwShbucs … “Although I still think we could improve our running game much more by acquiring a road grader at RG”. Ding ding ding, we have a winner.

    I get the feeling Joe that you’re the type who fills up on potato skins BEFORE the steak & lobster ever makes it to the table. PATIENCE. BA obviously wants to see FIRST what he has in this current stable of RBs. AND what he has in this OLine. He’s doing a great job of freeing up money so he can be a player LATER ON as some quality veteran OLinemen & RBs become available. IF NEED BE (and it probably will be needed) FIX the OLine FIRST. Then see what our RB needs are. PATIENCE.

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    PriMech54 … Good stuff. Duke Johnson would be a nice addition IMO.

  18. Magadude Says:

    It’s tempting, but at what cost? At least for now, JPP is still on the roster, not that I ever thought cutting him for cap space was a good idea anyway.

    Ellington is one way they DID address RB…not very well I’d agree. But he’s Arian’s guy. I’d rather not kick Ellington and RoJo in the crotch right now and instead, see how this new coaching staff motivates and gets every ounce from them they can.

    It’s probably only a couple of mil they have to spend anyway, and should save that for an OL guy they will need in a pinch when some players become available in about a month. I think will be money better spend…on a guy that can protect Jameis and help the run game.

  19. Magadude Says:

    @DR….”I get the feeling Joe that you’re the type who fills up on potato skins BEFORE the steak & lobster ever makes it to the table.”

    Good one. I know guys like that..go to restaurants and fill up on chips and salsa and then take their entree home. However, with the Bucs, they just eat all of it there…and have NOTHING for later.

  20. #1bucsfan Says:

    If both our RBs have a year like last year then scrap them but give them a chance under this new staff joe. We might have the same players as last year so one would think the outcome won’t be any different but with new coaching an hopefully a better scheme these guys will be average or above average

  21. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I agree with D.R. that was interesting thought provoking stuff. And just when I thought yeah…you post some research to back it up. THX

    “the generational talent; almost all of which are usually on teams that do not contend for championships.”

    And agree that “almost” all of them are on bad teams. Occasionally a guy like Marshall Faulk…a multi talented back finally gets on a good team and explodes. And of course as Buc fans in the NFC Central we got to see one of the biggest wastes of generational talent ever…Barry Sanders. The Bears wasted not only one of the goat RB’s Gale Sayers…add in the GOAT LB on the other side of the ball. They made up for it by getting the trophy for Walter Payton…a generational back with far more talent than his QB.

    The situation you’ve identified is set to play out in NYC for the Giants. You have the best young back in the game…Saquon…I was so hoping we’d be able to get him…your post makes me feel better…we’d waste him anyway.

    But the Giants are a team I’m going to follow a little more closely. They just got their “franchise” QB to pair with their generational “franchise” RB. Now they build the OL and D and they could be on to something. Should be fun to watch.

    I’ll be watching the Chargers to see the other end of the spectrum….if old man Rivers can finally get to the big one.

    And because of my summer home for two months in the land of the Pack…I’m always seeing Green Bay up there so sorta follow them.

    Mostly though I’m pumped about the Bucs this year. I normally love “Air Coryell” “Greatest show on turf” football…BA is my best shot…But I also love teams that have a beast at middle linebacker. Devin White gives us that chance. Kwon was good not great. He was too small and too slow to truly be a beast. He made up for it with heart…but he’s not nearly the physical specimen of White.

  22. BucEmUp Says:

    Let Arians do his damn job and just chill!!!!!!

  23. BucEmUp Says:

    I agree 100% pass on this guy did c.j anderson get signed? Either way I want Rojo to get first stab at the starting job.

  24. Bird Says:

    Defense rules

    Perfect comparison. Well said.

    I think Barber will be just fine. He runs hard. Just needs a little time before a defender is on his butt. He is not going to run away from people but he will put his head down and try to run thru them.

    Hopefully , someone can step up as compliment to his power. Need that scatback with speed who can catch out of backfield.

  25. THETRUTH Says:

    Don’t need another injury prone player who will take up cap space we have little of , rather see them trade for DUKE

  26. casual observer Says:

    I suspect Primech is spot on about the poor blocking being much of the Bucs’ running game.

  27. Snook Says:

    The Bucs actually addressed every position this off-season when they went out and got a new coaching staff and new offense.

    No longer do we have to watch a run up the middle on EVERY first down.

  28. Race to 10 Says:

    All for bringing someone in but not just anyone for the heck of it and thus high id always injured, rather wait on the Duke

  29. Gettinthebucs Says:

    Nope I’ll pass. Always hurt.

  30. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Six years in the league, no complete seasons and only two we above 9 games played. Sounds like a good investment to me! (NOT!)

  31. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I view Barber as sort of a Blount type of guy myself. Good enough to get some things done, but not good enough to be the feature back. However, there is no one currently available worth replacing him with.

  32. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    BA doesn’t have a connection to Barber or Jones but he does have a connection to Ellington, who is the likely RB to be cut if Ajayi is brought in.

  33. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    It’s Licht, so obvious weaknesses are never addressed

  34. El Buco Realisto Says:

    licht weight cannot fix the weakness when “HE” is the weakness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And why is that no one is talking about the Bucs having the second highest paid O-line in the league!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a disaster!!!!!!!!!1 FULL reset is in order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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

  35. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    He’s still available for a reason. No thanks.

  36. bucnole Says:

    May be in the minority here but Im waaaay more concerned about fixing the OL. I think Barber is a decent back and we don’t know about RoJo yet. But not doing anything much to fix the OL is practically criminal. I have to imagine our GM didn’t draft a RB because he spent a 2rd pick on one last year – it wouldn’t look good on his resume. Just think if we had hit on all of those 2nd round picks we have virtually wasted over the last 5 yrs

  37. Buc4evr Says:

    Nope, fix the O-line first. We don’t need a broken down RB, we need a RG and RT.

  38. George Rauh Says:

    Sign the guy, if he doesn’t show enough during camp and preseason, then cut him. Easy enough.

  39. 813bucboi Says:

    Buc4evr Says:
    July 25th, 2019 at 8:30 am
    Nope, fix the O-line first. We don’t need a broken down RB, we need a RG and RT.


    GO BUCS!!!!!

  40. R.O. Says:

    Seriously? Again you complain about the players the Bucs has or have on the roster. You say “Fans” want the Bucs to sign players just because the recognize the name. Yet you keep throwing out names of players with very little track record. Just because you know the name… of it’s for League Vet Minimum Salary non guarenteed that’s fine..

  41. Destinjohnny Says:

    So after 6 Jason Licht drafts our running backs are….
    Drum roll please
    Peyton barber
    Ronald jones