In Playoff Lenny, Bucs Trust

July 11th, 2022

Reason to smile.

While many folks wonder if the Bucs’ passing attack will be as potent without so many key pieces from last year, there should be no trouble with the running backs, even though the running game lost a key cog.

That’s because Playoff Lenny is back!

In their preview of the 2022 Bucs season, the crowd at says the loss of Ronald Jones is no factor. Why? Because Playoff Lenny is the bellcow.

Brady, of course, will continue to use all of his running backs as receivers. Ronald Jones is gone, but that’s not significant because Leonard Fournette was handling the majority of the workload last year. Tampa Bay still has Giovani Bernard as a threat in the two-minute drill. The team also used a third-round pick on Rachaad White, who will likely play a part in the offense.

As Joe has stated, Rachaad White is basically replacing RoJo. And Joe has a hunch (hope)? that White won’t make bonehead plays like RoJo began to pull off last season.

Some simple, well-meaning, helpful advice for White, the rookie: Please don’t walk out of bounds a yard short of the first down marker. Please.

20 Responses to “In Playoff Lenny, Bucs Trust”

  1. Alanbucsfan Says:

    White’s playing time will be directly related to his developing skills as a pass blocker. We know he can run and catch.

  2. Hodad Says:

    This guy is a total upgrade over Rojo, no question. He’ll also play in the slot out of the backfield. He’s got way better receiving skills, and route running ability than any of our backs I’ll dare say. Think this kid is going to make our offense a bigger handful to deal with than it was already.

  3. Dooley Says:

    Being a guy that watches a sizable amount of college ball, if you would’ve told me leading up to the 2017 draft that we’d have Fournette on our team a few years after he went 4th overall and he’d be a big part of us winning an SB title. I probably would’ve squared up and tried to fight you for playing with my emotions. Lenny is going to Lenny, he proved that to me in 2020 and reinforced that last season especially against the Colts in 2021.

    That said I’d love to see our backfield in a position to where we could sub Lenny out and not have to worry about the same drop off we would with Rojo or having him in the game being a tell for what’s coming when the ball snaps. Like Vaughn & Whites’ potential, so it should be dope to see where those young guys pick up for camp and the preseason. Lots of talent in our backfield and I still think it’ll help partially fill the void in Gronks’ absence in terms of moving the ball around through the air.

  4. Duane Says:

    Lenny is a beast and will beast mode a couple games this season. He will make the games shorter and will put teams away in the second half. Been a while that we had a back with his set of skills. Lenny and ME13 will have a lot of say in the future success of this offense. LFG!

  5. Bucsfanman Says:

    Additional note to rookie: Don’t sulk on the bench.

    Dooley- Likewise. I thought it unfathomable. What gets lost a little, IMO, is that Lenny has actually become a better, more complete back since coming here.

  6. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    No mention of Ke’shawn Vaughn in the plans?

  7. Buc4evr Says:

    Still need Gronk.

  8. A Bucs Fan Says:

    I think that last season Rojo mentally checked out or gave up on the Bucs last year. Glad he will have a fresh start somewhere else and that the Bucs drafted White who can catch, run, and is a willing blocker.

  9. mark2001 Says:

    Don’t think Rojo’s head was ever on straight. I know RB’s aren’t usually considered the rocket scientists of the football team. But whomever evaluated his mental ability to play in the NFL has to, if he hasn’t done so already, explain how he thought this guy was mentally NFL material.

  10. Biff Barker Says:

    Bucs need more TOP. The OL can deliver on pounding the rock. Lenny is the man. Vaughn can deliver the yards to rest up Fournette.

    We are going to look different next season but are not lacking weapons!

    Run the ball down their throats then TB12 can carve them to pieces

  11. Eckwood Says:

    Fournette is a pretty complete back and his hands are very good !! I sure wish he knew how to lower and get behind his pads , kinda a basic running back thing he just doesn’t do all that well he is really more of a 250 lb finesse back that is pretty good at allot !! He just isn’t quite the power runner he could be but Brady loves all the things he does so well , lucky to have him ,, very dependable!! But man oh man with some more body lean and pad level he wouldn’t get scooped and driven backwards by 200 lb safety’s , it would be quite the opposite !! Then again he may actually take more hits and that may not be the best thing in a long long season !! Go Bucs !!

  12. Jeff Says:

    He’s gonna get hurt. This is Doug Martin all over.

  13. geno711 Says:

    Hope you are wrong on the Doug Martin comparison.

    Fournette was about as heralded as Ricky Williams or Marcus Allen coming out of college. Why not Ricky or Marcus in their later years.

    Franco Harris?
    Fred Taylor with NE?
    Curtis Martin?
    Thomas Jones?

    Why Doug?

  14. Stone crab sam Says:

    I’m still hopin fournette brings out that inner earl campbell in him this year. That’s probably a big reach, but why not dream big?

  15. A Bucs Fan Says:

    @Jeff you think Fournette is out there doing a bunch of drugs and battling addiction? That’s what you’re implying by that comparison.

  16. geno711 Says:

    Just looked up Profootball Doc’s health score on Lenny for the 2022 season just updated: Jul 10, 2022, 10:47 pm.

    It is a 94.

    Ahead of:
    Chris Carson
    James White
    Raheem Mostert
    J.K. Dobbins
    Gus Edwards
    James Robinson
    Travis Etienne
    Cam Akers
    Nick Chubb
    Dalvin Cook
    Elijah Mitchell
    Alvin Kamara
    Ezekiel Elliott
    Austin Ekeler
    Saquon Barkley

    It is the same as:
    Antonio Gibson
    Kareem Hunt
    Derrick Henry
    Aaron Jones
    D’Andre Swift

  17. Goatfarmer Says:

    Lombardi Lenny will beast and help keep Tom upright.

  18. David Says:

    What does that mean?

    As for mentioning Gei and White, what about Vaughn? I’m curious to see where he fits in

  19. Eddie Marz Says:

    RoJo just didn’t fit in with the program. His style of running just didn’t fit in with the way the offense was being run. This will make game three interesting if he really finds a home in Kansas. GOBUCS!

  20. Eddie Marz Says:

    Game four!