Rachaad White Could Be The Anti-Ronald Jones

May 2nd, 2022

Bucs RB Rachaad White.

Someone at a national outfit thinks Bucs rookie running back Rachaad White fills a need missing in the previous two or three seasons.

That would be a pass-catching back.

Jordan Dajani of CBS Sports decided to type a story on the most interesting draft pick for each team. And for the Bucs, Dajani selected running back Rachaad White. Why? Because he can catch.

Could this be Tampa Bay’s new pass-catching back? The Buccaneers are high on this Pac-12 playmaker.

The man White theoretically replaces Ronald Jones, who had hands of stone. White seems to be a different cat. At Arizona State, White caught 43 balls in 11 games last year, a fair amount for a running back. He averaged nearly 12 yards a catch.

Playoff Lenny can catch. So too can Giovani Bernard. RoJo? Nope.

And Joe sure hopes White doesn’t develop that nasty habit RoJo had of stepping out of bounds just before the sticks.

31 Responses to “Rachaad White Could Be The Anti-Ronald Jones”

  1. Howard Cosell Says:

    If he can consistently catch the ball on play action then he’ll become Brady’s new BFF

  2. Howard Cosell Says:

    There’s a void to be filled here.
    How’d you like to come out of college and immediately become an indispensable part of The Greatest QB Of All Time’s offense?

  3. Howard Cosell Says:

    It’s very un-Licht-like to spend a high pick on a running back…Unless there’s an ulterior motive

  4. David From Winter Park Says:

    Rachaad White, Best RB on the West Coast during the 2022. College Football Season. I watch a lot of Pac-12 Football Games on The Pac-12 Network, But the Sports Media and the Fans always talk about The Power 5 Conferences,. so the West Coast (Pac-12) is always called 3rd rate, compared to the SEC ❗But look at the many players drafted in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft every year, and several are from The Pac-12, The NF Teams know for a fact The Pac-12 players can more than hold their own vs. Those SEC Boys ❗White, From AZ State is a Damn Good Football Player, and if Herm Edwards the ASU Head Football Coach saids so that’s good enough for me. Also White was the leading rusher for 2022 Senior Bowl Game. The Bucs got a Steel with White in the 4th Round of the 2022 NFL Draft. J L Did it again folks. Can’t wait to see White when the Preseason Games Starts in August, Go Bucs.

  5. Bucco Bruce Says:

    The only 2 knocks on him is he has that slight cut back delay and isn’t the best blocker, both things that can be coached up. Dude can ball though and he seems to always want to push for the 1st down, except maybe when he is leaping over people next to the sideline which you can see even in the shorter highlight reels. I watched some games with him though and I am happy with the pick.

    Not sure if he got grabbed in the 7th but I really wanted the Bucs to Also bring in Max Borghi.

  6. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Good player. Typical Licht draft. Brilliant moves to get their guys but questions like a high punter pick.

  7. BREVARD Buc Says:

    I lost my mind when Rojo stepped out of bounds.
    I can’t let that go either! Soft play for a big man.
    He is tough between the tackles. But that play was inexcusable.

  8. Bucsfanman Says:

    I honestly don’t know much about him outside of his scouting report which does mention his hands. I’m intrigued, to say the least.

  9. Buczilla Says:

    Almost twelve yards per catch is damn good.

  10. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I’m not going to get excited about any rookie running back until he’s proven his worth on the pro field. We’ve been down this road before and the Bucs haven’t had much luck with running backs lately, except for Fournette.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Reminds me a lot of Charles Sims……Same height….same weigh…..same exact 40 time 4.48…..3rd round pick…..upright running style….

  12. Smashsquatch Says:

    He’s smooth and can make you miss, that alone differentiates him from Rojo. The pass catching chops take it over the top. Nice upgrade Jason.

  13. Espo Says:

    I’m more concerned with his ability to identify and pick up a blitz. At the very least, chip. RoJo couldn’t seem to figure it out.

  14. Hodad Says:

    I think old man Geo will be the odd man out. You don’t need two pass catching backs, and Geo isn’t the best pass blocker either. With him, Lenny, and Vaughn this could be our best back field in years.

  15. Dooley Says:

    Runs through arm tackles like Lenny, sneaky speed in the 2nd level. I’d love to see White to keep improving on his hand placement bringing catches in, but he looks good. One of the 3 older draftees we took, but coming off a season we watched a 30 something yr old WR walk off the field midgame, I could understand our front office placing an emphasis on intellectual maturity in the scouting process. I think White can be that RB we bring out of the backfield with motion to stack as a WR on the LOS, his size-speed combo makes him a mismatch against most LBs and some box safeties. Excited to see how he takes to his opportunities.

  16. SB~LV Says:

    I watched some YouTube on him and he does have moves and grooves
    But more telling was
    Listening to the Bucs talking head, YouTube again, say what traits he had and what was mentioned were ALL the things missing and never emerged from RoJo

  17. rrsrq Says:

    His entry into pass catching will be getting his head around when Brady has that quick release, he will likely drop a few first and this fan base will be all over him. We have seen it with ROjO, Lenny and Sneak

  18. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    TampaBayBucFan…..excellent comp

  19. Listnfrmafar Says:

    He has to be or he’ll be sent packing. Jones could of been another BA failure. I guess we’ll see in KC.

  20. Jordan Says:

    A lot easier to run the ball in the NFL if you have running backs that are dual threats like he is

    It was the bottom of the 3rd round by the time we took him, there wasn’t much left in terms of running backs who had production lining up out wide and catching the ball in a major conference.

  21. Bucsfan13 Says:

    The Saints just signed Honey Badger. Wake up, people! We are not acting like a team that’s in win mode now. We have one year left with Brady. And spare me the whole cap restraints. Saints have been in “cap hell” for years, and yet they still compete every single year. The Saints D has gotten better. Their offense has gotten better, and they still own us. Some like to use the fact that Dennis Allen is their coach now. Well, Bowles is our coach now, and his record isn’t that much better than Allen

  22. Mike Says:

    His coach compared him to Marcus Allen, which got my attention. I like the pick personally. If he has decent run and pass catching ability that makes it hard for the defense to predict whether its run or pass, unlike rojo, who couldn’t catch a cold, so you know if he’s getting the ball, it’s a running play.

  23. Bucamania Says:

    Licht’s track record of drafting RB is horrendous but I guess we’ll see, Couldn’t just pick the obvious pass catching stud in James Cook. Had to get cute.

  24. Ronald Joseph Lilek Says:

    Rachaad White can run fast, run over people, has exceptional pass-catching ability, good blocker (not his role in ASU’s offense), has a great, positive attitude, and is a team guy all the way. Other than that, he’s a bust.

    Rachaad White will be the Rookie of the Year, barring injury. He may as well be named David Copperfield for the way he makes tacklers disappear. Brady will love him for his intelligence and versatility.

    I saw every one of his games on TV. Best all-around offensive player from ASU since Charley Taylor. Congratulations, Buc fans!

  25. unbelievable Says:

    I thought the whole knock on this kid was that he does NOT have a 2nd gear and will get caught from behind? If so, the Anti-RoJo moniker might be correct:

    Great hands but has no 2nd gear.

    Hmmm, I seem to remember a lot of people complaining about another former running back who used to get caught from behind…

  26. George Hotchkiss Says:

    I watched every carry Rachaad had at ASU, and he had me fooled. The way he moves makes you think he is neither quick nor fast, in reality that is true with a huge caveat. He ran a 4.52, 40 at the combine, which is not fast for an RB, but on the field where it counts, he just kind of glides on running plays, makes his cut and somehow comes out the other side, over and over again. When white was on the field the Devils were amongst the best in the PAC 12. He is a good receiver, smart player, you will like.

  27. Joe in Michigan Says:

    George Hotchkiss: White’s official 40 time was 4.48 at the Combine, from what I’ve seen.

  28. steele Says:

    Pass catching alone does not make a great running back. That makes a pass catching running back. Apples, oranges.

    There was, is, nothing wrong with Ronald Jones as a running back, and I will always believe he was the far superior and more explosive RUNNER than Lenny will ever be. Better natural skills than Rachaad or Lenny will ever have. In a different system, he’s going to be even better.

    As for Rachaad, sure, I hope he’s the next coming worthy of this hype, but he’ll have a lot to prove. What is on his tape: he’s a stiff upright strider with limited lateral quickness, stiff hips, bad tendencies, juking instead of hitting the hole and beating single defenders.

  29. Rod Munch Says:

    It’s not just that he catches the ball, he catches the ball and moves all in one motion, it’s extremely fluid, meaning he’s a natural pass catcher, like a good WR. If he can pass block, he should have a very good year as a 3rd down back.

  30. Me Says:

    Literally zero evidence to back up claim that Rojo couldn’t catch. All the numbers are just as good as Lenny’s. Y’all make no sense in your Rojo hate

  31. Jesse S. Says:

    It’s crazy how all y’all focus on is a players failures. What about how Jones scored @ Patriots game! Saved the game. Who talks about ALL of Brady’s turn overs? Who?