April 28th, 2020

Kid has wheels.

No, sorry. Joe is not going to work himself into a panting sweat over a seventh-round pick.

The final round of the draft is more a Hail Mary than anything. Most of these guys are camp meat. However, if used intelligently, the Bucs may have a weapon in LaLa running back Raymond Calais.

(Joe always liked how his good friend the Dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig, used to refer to Louisiana-Lafayette as “LaLa.” You know, the abbreviations of the two words?)

Banking on a Sun Belt running back who barely missed undrafted free agency is a borderline pipedream. But sound coaches, like Bill Belicheat, have a saying. “Don’t tell me what he can’t do; tell me what he can do.”

And what this Calais can do is run, as pointed out by former NFL scout and current director of the Senior Bowl Jim Nagy pointed out.

Undrafted Mostert bounced around the NFL for a few years and finally found a landing spot with the 49ers a couple of years ago. While not a go-to guy, because of injuries when the 49ers needed him the most — last year’s playoffs including Super Bowl — Mostert shined.

Given how desperately shallow the running back position is with the Bucs, Joe would hope Calais can make the roster.

32 Responses to “Juice”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Camp Fooder ^^^^^^^

  2. I Bleed Pewter Says:

    He’s a lightweight. (188ibs) Don’t know how much pounding he can take but I’m sure Arians will use him up like a non rechargeable battery.

  3. AwShbucs Says:

    For the most part you’re right on this one Joe, but him being a contributor is certainly possible. Not the same type of players but recently we’ve seen guys like Phillip Lindsay, Matt Brieda, and Raheem Mostert all have big roles and do good things as undrafted running backs.

  4. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    It’s not like we have Zeke and Barkley in our backfield; there is room for a guy who can play.

  5. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Scratch off ticket…

  6. Dapostman Says:

    Darren Sproles please.

  7. Ocala Says:

    Watch this guys tape. It is very surprising he lasted until the end of the 7th round. His only issue is he is small.

  8. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Sc – agreed. Furthermore I don’t think we NEED a Saquan Barkley. The Bucs are a passing offense, why in the actual F would anyone want to hand the ball off 30 gd times when we have the MOST weapons in the entire NFL. USE THE TALENT WE HAVE! People are whining too much. We just need a threat and some consistency like what dion Lewis and James white provided for Brady. IMO people are getting wayyyyyyy too caught up in things that are neither here nor there. The days of the Terrell Davis types getting 35 caries for 185 are over.

  9. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    If he can play Special Teams he’ll make the squad.

  10. Craig Says:

    The amount of new plays, folds and deceptions that he adds will make for a fun offense to watch.

    He could be more than just an outlet, if he has time to learn it all. It might take a few games for the offense to reach its potential.

  11. Marine Buc Says:

    All he has to do is beat out an often injured TJ Logan. He doesn’t need to be the next Walter Payton.

    We carried 4 RBs last year and we will probably carry 4 RBs this year as well.

    It Logan can keep his roster spot that’s fine. But he better work his arse off and stay healthy because this kid can ball. Check yo sheet!

  12. LordCornelius Says:

    Honestly in the tape/highlights I could find I wasn’t impressed really.

    He’s playing no competition / just running by everyone. If he ran a 4.28 at the combine I’d be more intrigued but I felt like I was just watching a 4.4 guy runnning past a bunch of slow LBs & Safeties when a hole blew open.

    The 4.5 LBs and 4.4 S’s of the NFL won’t be burned like that. Rojo IMO is still our best big play threat at RB.

  13. Al da pewter King Says:


    That’s exactly what I have been saying. I don’t understand why people think we have to have the second coming of Barry Sanders in our backfield. We just need reliable backs to do their jobs. If run blocking is better then rushing should improve as well. This is why you get Tom Brady, Gronk, and The first round tackle.

  14. mark2001 Says:

    LC…don’t think he was brought in to challenge Rojo. He will likely be a situational player, running the occasional wheel route and such, and a ST returner. I expect nothing more.

  15. R.O. Says:

    Warrick Dunn did just fine at 5’9″ maybe 185lbs and maybe had 12-15 carries per game and a few catches a game. Ray Calais maybe be able to do some of the same things 7-10 touches per game. Not sure what the problem is with this pick.

  16. ArmchairGM Says:

    I can only see him making the team as a kick returner. Hopefully, he proves me wrong and becomes the next Tarik Cohen.

  17. Joe in Michigan Says:

    There’s no problem whatsoever with this pick. There’s no problem whatsoever with the Bucs 3rd Round pick, either. Some people just like to complain. If he makes the team, fine. If he makes the practice team, fine. If he gets cut, fine.

  18. Joe in Michigan Says:

    The guy who calls Calais “Camp Fooder”…It’s “Fodder”, Mel Kiper the 3rd. You might be right on this, but saying Antoine Winfield isn’t any good because he’s a “shrimp” shows you never have watched football.

  19. Afo Says:

    @Joe Winfield is not a Shrimp we need to educate people, he’s 5’9 and Tyrann “Honey badger” Mathieu is also 5’9. I don’t understand people calling him shrimp and not Tyrann shrimp

  20. LordCornelius Says:


    I don’t think so either. Just saying I’m not seeing super elite speed. I hope he can find a role as a returner – that seems to be his best chance to make an impact.

  21. Allbuccedup Says:

    He would be a little cheaper than tj logan

  22. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    God, I sure miss The Big Dog.
    It sure is a pity he will not be around to see us win another Super Bowl.
    But I am sure him and Chris Thomas will be watching.

  23. geno711 Says:

    I don’t know much but I know I love him.

  24. Dewey Selmon Says:

    He won’t be on the game day 46 if he even makes the 53. Practice squad.

  25. Phil Says:

    I like this pick. He has speed and we need speed.

  26. Bucco bruce Says:

    With small guys it’s not about speed it’s about quickness.that’s why work done was so good not his speed but his quickness.

  27. Bucco bruce Says:

    Warrick Dunn

  28. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    He’s a 7th rounder = practice squad or cut.

  29. Buczilla Says:

    This kids a Buc so I am obviously going to root for him to do well, just like I will for Vaughn and Rojo. However, until one of these guys proves that they can be a consistent threat to defenses, I will have zero faith that they can be. Licht has yet to draft or sign even a solid running back during his tenure and I will need to see it to believe it. Sign a veteran running back that is actually good Licht!

  30. mike Says:

    anyone else remember Michael Morton? This is who he reminds me of…

  31. TOM Says:

    All draft choices after rd. 3 need to be able to play special teams to make team.

  32. Jack Karako Says:

    Tarik Cohen-type traits and skills.