Based On Training Camp, Rachaad White Might Be No. 2 Back

August 11th, 2022

Seems like RB2.

Earlier in training camp, Bucs coaches raved about the pass protection of rookie running back Rachaad White.

That was a tip to Joe this guy will backup Playoff Lenny. Why is Joe so sure? Well, White seems to have had his snap counts and touches increased day after day in camp. And in the past week or so, he’s been used much more as a runner than a receiver. And he has produced.

Today, Joe felt sorry for White and the other Bucs running backs. It almost reached abuse levels the number of snaps they got on runs up the middle or at least between the tackles. The Bucs’ interior run blocking was not getting the job done. But that did not stop offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich from plunging White and others into the teeth of the Dolphins defense.

Once every five touches, it seemed, White and the others would make a nice gain.

So far, it seems for every test the Bucs have given White, the occasion has not been too big for him.

19 Responses to “Based On Training Camp, Rachaad White Might Be No. 2 Back”

  1. Hodad Says:

    Are they just running vanilla Joe? They’re not trying to win a game here. Running up the middle is tough sledding, maybe that’s the whole point.

  2. Buc92’ Says:

    He should be RB1 … bt it’s coming , Lenny will pout like he did to get rojo out the way


  3. NeverGIVEup Says:

    Just watched some of his highlights. Seems to me he is an effective inside runner with the Levon Bell type stop start moves in the hole. With the vision to bounce it outside when needed. Also looks to be an exceptional run after catch type back.

    Had no idea about this guy until you started hyping him in Training Camp.

    If this dude delivers along with the WRs. Does it really matter who is playing QB? Other than a JW type QB who thinks he has to beat himself.

  4. HC Grover Says:

    They are working out the new interior line. No complaint here.

  5. Bird Says:

    Excited for young man. He has got a lot of confidence too.

    He will need it …if getting 5 carries for 5 yards with the way our interior is looking right now 😂

  6. David Bergdoll, Esq. Says:

    I am thrilled We have a second outstanding Running Back to back up Lenny.

  7. Beeej Says:

    Do we do counters, mis-direction, etc? Straight ahead power works with Riggo and the Hogs, less so here

  8. LakelandSteve Says:

    They got a brand new interior line. They ain’t going to get better on run blocking by running pass plays. They have to work on it. I don’t think it’s time to push the panic button. On the contrary they need to be given the time to develop and also determine who the starting left guard should be at the beginning of the year. I think it is rather encouraging that Leftwhich is calling a bunch of run plays and now is the best time to do it not when the games count.

  9. Buczilla Says:

    Great news and I have high hopes that this guy can be something other than just an average or good running back. While Lenny is no chopped liver, we haven’t had anything specal at running back since muscle hampster was tearing it up in 2015.

  10. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Licht is getting pretty good finding gems in the middle rounds.

  11. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    We aren’t good at running the ball. Do they need practice. Can’t really band the running game in most of our practices without risking injuries so I kind of like the idea of banging at the fins defense so we can get better in this area

  12. PassingThru Says:

    I wouldn’t be that surprised. Bernard is poor at pass protection, which is an essential for a third-down back. Further, I have the distinct impression that Rachaad White has demonstrated mastery of the RB route tree despite not knowing the playbook. At that point they decided to see how he’d operate on run plays, both inside and outside, which is what he’s working on. It’s the preseason, Rachaad White is a lab rat in their ongoing experiments.

  13. Wild Bill Says:

    Hey Leftwich is using up his constant urge to run up the middle in the preseason so he can control reduce the urge during the regular season. Call it his obsessive compulsion tendency relief program.

  14. BucsNoles Says:

    The runs up the middle are a test for Hainsey

  15. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    I loved the kid’s tape in college. He is gonna be a more productive Rojo, since he can catch and block.

  16. Surfslowson Says:

    I think we can thank Rojo and JL for learning. Rachaad White is the anti-Rojo, he is a patient runner, can catch and can block.

  17. sasquatch Says:

    You only improve by repetition. Keep running it up the middle. It’s called practice. Keep practicing. There’s no wins to be concerned about in intra-squad scrimmages.

  18. Ed Says:

    The great James White (just retired) was a 4th round draft, too.

    Rachaad White may well be the receiving-back of whom Brady’s been hoping to fill that void to complete “the perfect offense.”

    With the awesome WR lineup developing, Brady can pick his spots for pass-plays to Rachaad; this could be a really fun year for surprise, break-out plays.

  19. Goatfarmer Says:

    You go, Rachel, hope you live up to half the hype.