Chasing LeGarrette

November 17th, 2020

It’s been 10 years since a Buccaneers running back hit a prestigious mark.

Back in 2010, LeGarrette Blount burst onto the NFL scene as an undrafted rookie and rumbled his way to a 1,000-yard season for the Bucs and averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Doug Martin never hit the 5-yard plateau in his Pro Bowl seasons, but Ronald Jones is sitting at 5.1 yards per carry this season with six games to play.

RoJo also is the NFL’s third-ranked rusher behind Dalvin Cook and Derrick Henry, ironically two guys the Bucs could have/should have drafted.

Cook is at 5.5 yards per carry this season; Henry is at 4.7.

Sure, Jones’ total is inflated by a 98-yard touchdown run, but that’s something to celebrate wildly, not nitpick.

With all those healthy Bucs weapons in the passing game, Joe thinks the run game should further open up for Jones, especially against some of the soft defenses that await the Bucs in December. He very well could hit that prestigious five-yards-per-carry mark this season.

Only four full-time running backs got there in 2019: Henry, Devin Singletary, Nick Chubb and Mark Ingram.

16 Responses to “Chasing LeGarrette”

  1. doolnutts Says:

    The 98 yard run is just what good RB’s do. Henry has a 94 yard run and Cook has a 70 yarder himself. The 98 yard run was just Ronald keeping up with the Jone’s.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I bet everyone thinks I’m going to say “if Rojo had gotten just 15 carries per game last year, he would have projected to 1008 yards”…

    Nope, I’ve said it enough….not going to say it.

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    rojo runs better after he screws up…lol….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  4. Robert Says:

    he’s a stud, but please stop throwing him the ball. not fluid at all.

    maybe he’s just nervous and they should throw him the ball more….but wait till we’re up by 20 points!

  5. PSL Bob Says:

    Can’t help but believe that long run wasn’t a confidence builder. I have a strong suspicion the best is yet to come.

  6. adam from ny Says:

    his average is not really inflated in comparison to henry and cook…

    henry has a long run of 94 yards this year…

    while cook has a long of 70…

    so his average with the other top dogs isn’t inflated at all…

    #RunRojoRun #RojoNotCujo #CujoTheMovie

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    TBBF- LOL!
    I’m happy Rojo has proven me wrong. Watching him this season is a real treat.

  8. Brandon Says:

    People saying not to throw him the ball not realizing that Fournette has had several drops and could be tackled by an infant and McCoy gas dropped balls as well and is cooked 🤡

  9. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Just saw a stat that no player ran faster in week 10 in the whole NFL than Rojo on that 98 yard run. 21.2 mph or something like that. He ssaid he ran injured at the combine. Maybe that was true because he didn’t show that speed.

  10. BradyBucs Says:

    Rojo gaining weight saved his career. He was TERRIBLE when he was lighter when he first came into the league during those first 2 seasons.

    He was also a very young man when he entered the league and is probably growing into his body more.

    But that weight gain (he looks completely different now) definitely seems to have changed everything as he’s harder to tackle now.

  11. David Says:

    The long run does not inflate numbers. Do you know how many times running backs are given the ball on third or fourth and one or goal to go and pound it three times in a row just to gain a yard and a half? The long run makes up for all that over the course of the season.

  12. SOEbuc Says:

    You suck Joe. We don’t need Cook or Henry we got mothaf’n RoJo beachezz! Reprazent!

  13. unbelievable Says:

    Lol tbbf

    You and me both.

  14. SlyPirate Says:

    Blount went to Oregon. He got suspended his final season for punching a Boise State player. Doug Martin was the backup RB for that Boise State team.

  15. BucfaninMi Says:

    Biggest mistake was letting Blount walk.

  16. HeyItsAdam Says:

    BucFaninMI…. oooh… “Biggest Bucs Mistake.” This is a long, long list that turns into fist fights and chair throwing.

    Matt Bryant walking…
    Drafting Michael Clayton over Stephen Jackson
    RE-SIGNING Michael Clayton
    Not re-signing Michael Bennett
    Only signing a punter after a 10-6 season
    Firing Gruden in mid-January and SETTLING for Raheem Morris.

    Oh lord… we can be here for a while…….