Tom Brady’s Love Of Rachaad White

October 10th, 2022

Rookie running back Rachaad White

Outside of the uniquely poor officiating and its fallout, this may have been the most interesting thing to come out of yesterday’s Buccaneers-Falcons game.

FOX game announcers Moose Johnston and Joe Davis shared a conversation from their pregame production meeting with Tom Brady.

For those unaware, starting quarterbacks sit down with the announcing crew to share a bunch of insider nuggets that can be revealed on the broadcast. A guy like Brady’s comments are typically transcribed verbatim so the announcer can read it and sound smooth when he relays part of their conversation.

Buccaneers rookie running back Rachaad White made a first-quarter impact on the Bucs’ offense yesterday, which opened a door for Davis to explain Brady’s love and appreciation for the rookie.

“Brady raved about [White]. He said,  ‘Look, I mean, he’s only been in the building for a couple of months but he studies the game like a quarterback, watches extra film. He’s got a notepad he takes everywhere with him and takes extra notes.” Davis said.

“And Brady paid him a huge compliment. He said, ‘He’s the kind of guy with the kind of qualities you can bet on.'”

Johnston went on to reinforce Davis’ comments and he added that Brady will give everything to teammates and expects White-like commitment in return.

Great insight into what’s happening behind the scenes at One Buc Palace. And it’s huge if Brady has this kind of confidence in White, who has rebounded very well from his fumble to start the Chiefs game two Sundays ago.

33 Responses to “Tom Brady’s Love Of Rachaad White”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    I don’t know about that but the kid is going to have a Carnell Williams coming out party sometime this year. I see things in his running game that are just waiting to explode?
    He has great vision for what is going to develop in front of him , he has subtle moves snooping around and then sticks his nose in the spot!
    He simply has not had enough attempts, of course he has great hands.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    White not only catches the ball well……he seems to usually get the short yardage……
    If you can’t trust Tom Brady’s evaluation of a player….especially a RB or WR…..then who can you trust?

  3. kyle Says:

    early in the 1st, why in the F did brady not sneak the 4th in 1?? (I get that his kitty hand is hurt, like all of our wrs).

    On the same play, lenny is upright slamming into the defensive line, why not just dive low to pick up the first down? I know its not Madden but jesus, can we have some football IQ?

  4. A Bucs Fan Says:

    @Kyle you kind of answered your own question, but speculation is self preservation. Tom got hurt his throwing shoulder last season sneaking it against the Bills, and this year his finger and throwing shoulder are banged up already. Can’t risk any further injury.

  5. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Tom hurt his*

  6. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I remember another guy named James White Brady was also very fond of and look how great he was.

  7. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Kyle – you are questioning Brady’s football IQ? Ummmm…. yeah.

  8. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Where was White in the second half? Godwin too to a certain extent. They both made plays in the first half and ten disappeared.

  9. Winny Testaverde Says:

    I remember that tidbit from the game yesterday. Not lost on me was how much MooseKnuckle Johnson was rooting against The Bucs with much of his commentary. I could be wrong of course…maybe I’m just used to the anti-Buc bias from the likes of Florio, King, and at times Irv CoughMan ™️ etc.

  10. David Says:

    Kyle, I get the complaint, it looked like Brady could’ve easily dove left or right of the center and got the first down but Lenny is a big dude and should’ve got the first also. Probably don’t want to risk more damage on Brady’s hand.
    For some unknown reason he was standing straight up and down and got stuffed.
    If he just lowers a little he probably plows forward and gets the first.

    That said, the play before that with Otton and on Lennys carry, both looked like they had the first down. No good camera angle to get a replay on it. I think both were bad marks but especially on OTTON

  11. Dooley Says:

    Even with the fumble, these past two games White has really made some solid contributions catching 8 passes for 78 yards(56 YAC), 1 TD and 4 1st downs combined against KC & ATL. Not world beating, but we just need him to be a solid complementary RB to spell Lenny down the stretch. In my opinion, White just be warming up and I’m thinking we’ll see him continue to be integrated more into gameplans as long as there are no more ball security issue.

  12. David Says:

    White does look real promising. They need to keep getting him involved in order to keep the RB’s legs fresh throughout the year

  13. Goatfarmer Says:

    My first plate of crow about this guy is fully digested and I am smoking a second batch.

  14. bucsfaninva Says:

    @winny – I noticed it too…in fact I hate listening to the broadcast when he’s on. Just another hater…in a sea of them. *sigh*

  15. captivajim Says:

    he seems to have corrected the fumble-itis. Brady could use 2 backs that can run & catch–keep Lenny’s legs fresh

  16. Anonymous Says:

    What do u think the story with Sneak is right now?
    He gets lot of praise last couple years and as recently as training camp this year
    Running backs coach said something like he’s a real conscientious kid with good head on his shoulders
    Is he that bad in practice?
    I love me some K Vaughn
    What do u think ?
    Go Bucs

  17. Kentucky Buc Says:

    He’s a rookie. He’s going to be up and down.

  18. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    I got news; the best backs of all time, have fumbled.
    Backs fighting for extra yardage, the fumble risk goes up.

  19. John Says:

    His short yard game is already better than lenny’s.

  20. b4l Says:

    I love the guy too but they don’t use him enough. They really need to use him like a Cooper Kupp and give him a lot more schemed up plays.

  21. unbelievable Says:

    I was really hard on him for that kickoff fumble, but he’s definitely looked good in all his snaps since then.

    Hopefully the future is bright for him.

  22. orlbucfan Says:

    With the recent busts we’ve had at RB, it sure would be nice to finally have a complement to Lenny F. That’s why I listen to Bucs Radio. I just got sick and tired of all the craporate sports bloviators consistently badmouthing the team even when it was winning!

  23. Infomeplease Says:

    Not sure why White wasn’t played much in 2nd half. He was producing!! He looks like another good draft pick!! Good hands!! This was a good game for him to build off of!! LFG!!

  24. Lakeland Steve Says:

    Hopefully he will be used more week after week. As for Keyshawn Vaughn, he must have pissed the coaches off or Brady off to not even sniff the field so far.

  25. Old Sombrero Says:

    What’s up with Vaughan? Dude’s MIA in the backfield. He runs hard and is shifty. Would like to see him get some touches. Is he injured?

  26. BucsBro Says:

    White is going to be a huge weapon for us down the stretch of this year, I think. He and Lenny as a 1-2 punch will be a great attack for our run/pass game. Brady loves the backs who can catch.

    Someone compared White with Edgerin James and I think that’s a good comparison.

    White has the qualities to be special. The Falcons game should be just the start of what he can do.

  27. Anonymous Says:

    Lakeland Steve

    That makes sense

  28. Joe Says:

    Is he injured?


  29. Anonymous Says:

    We need to run the ball more or Tom’s going to get killed

  30. BillyBucco Says:

    I noticed the Otton 1st down, as did most fans.
    I mean they showed the ball over the line in slow motion.

    Why not challenge that?
    And Lenny cut left on 4th and 1 straight into a D Lineman.
    Goedeke and Hainsey had it blocked right up the middle.

    I’m telling you White picks that up.
    Anybody watch Jacobs or McKinnon last night?
    I have never seen a 240lb man go down by his legs so easy.
    Of course it’s hard to gain yards going backwards.

  31. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    White reminds me A LOT of a young Le’Veon Bell … His patient running style using his blockers (when they actually block) and his ability to catch and get yac and just the way he moves reminds me a lot of Bell

  32. Bucsfan13 Says:

    White was excellent in pass pro. He struggled in college in that area. It great that he really worked on that part of his game. That will earn trust with Brady, unlike Ronald Jones. I need more of White. I’m kinda sick of Lenny. Lenny is also getting a big arrogant. Brady doesn’t rave about too many people. He will just speak in cliches.

  33. Boomer Says:

    Not sure of his off-season training regimen, but Fournette has emerged as a Derrick Henry/Dalvin Cook hybrid, with hands as soft as Ekeler. It’s very uncommon to find a RB who actually improves with age. (See: Doug Martin, Cadillac Williams, et. al.) We haven’t had a snot-knocker like Lenny since Michael “GunShow” Pittman, Sr. or that kid out of Purdue.

    But that being said, Lenny’s efficiency, effectiveness and long-term health can only be enhanced by the presence a smaller, faster, more elusive backfield threat who can also line up in the slot. Darden and Vaughn never quite measured up. But Mr. White is showing flashes of potential stardom for the Pewter Pirates.

    As we ponder the sweet harmony that Fournette & White can offer the Bucs’ running game, I’m reminded of a chart-topping duet from long ago: Alstott & Dunn.

    One last thought: Scotty needs to rehearse his Wes Welker imitation a bit more, but I think he shows promise. As I’m sure his quarterback has mentioned more than once, route precision &
    discipline are more important than winning a foot race. Yes sir, he’s fast…but so was Quez Green…