Rachaad White Pumped For “Fresh Start”

June 1st, 2023

Looking forward to 2023.

Joe has to give Bucs running back Rachaad White props. He could have taken the easy way out.

White, the Bucs’ third-round pick in 2022, had one excellent game in his rookie year. He balled out in Munich against Seattle. White even got Kyle Brandt’s treasured Angry Run scepter after he had Seattle defensive back Quandre Diggs eating foreign dirt.

White ran for 105 yards in that game. Only two other times last year did White run for more than 50 yards, and both times not much more than 50.

Whatever mojo White found in Munich he left in Germany. Overall, White had a very blah year. Advanced running back stats are way down on White.

So when Joe spoke with White after underwear football practice on Tuesday, Joe sort of expected White to say he was handcuffed playing for fired offensive coordinator SpongeBob. In fact, White refused to use last year’s weird offense as a crutch.

“Honestly, I didn’t mind the offense last year,” White said. “It was different circumstances. Learning, being a rookie. A lot of adjusting throughout the season.”

That’s why White believed he didn’t ball out. He was getting used to a whole lot of things.

That could change this year.

“It comes with opportunity,” White said. “New opportunity. New year.”

It appears White is now the true RB1 since the Bucs released Playoff Lenny. Will those opportunities come with more touches? White didn’t disagree.

When Joe asked White if he fits Dave Canales’ offense better, he agreed.

“You could say that,” White said. “I believe I can fit into any offense.”

As far as the new offense, White is excited.

“I love it,” White said. “It’s a good offense. Very diverse. A lot of good things. Great things, actually.

“Lot of misdirection. Getting guys out into space.”

White wants to prove he shouldn’t be remembered for just one game.

“This is a new year,” White said. “Fresh things, fresh start. New everything, new vibe.”


8 Responses to “Rachaad White Pumped For “Fresh Start””

  1. ModHairKen Says:

    Love this kid’s enthusiasm and resiliency. How’s the Syracuse kid doing?

  2. AnonymousBuc76 Says:

    That’s probably the nastiest stiff arm I’ve seen since Adrian Petersons Benny Hinn impersonation against Cleavland a some years back…

  3. dmatt Says:

    So RWhite being a rookie didn’t get a thousand yards so that makes him a
    bad rb. So Fournette didn’t get a thousand yards l,what did that make him? The OL didn’t block, what did that make them. Give White a lil credit, he picked up many of those yards on his own last year. This will be his break out year. Our OL will be much better.

  4. bucabubba Says:

    Good luck to Rachaad. The NFL may be a passing league but without a decent running game you get passing stats and a losing season. See Bucs 2022.

  5. Dooley Says:

    Biggest difference will be the change in our run blocking scheme. We ran some zone concepts under BA-Leftwich, but the bread & butter was man-to-man blocking with the duo concepts which is like a psuedo power run game. Zone will actually get our OL in space and not demand they have to win 1on1’s, also should compliment Whites’ patience and ability to cut’n’go.

  6. gp Says:

    Kind of ironic that the one good game, and one clip, happen to be against the team whose offense we are trying to emulate this year?
    I know, The story is referencing our offense -vs- their defense, but as I recall, their offense didn’t do very well that game either.
    One game does not make a season, but can be pointed out for it’s irony.

  7. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Only two other times last year did White run for more than 50 yards, and both times not much more than 50

    And in those two games his YPC were 4.6 and 4.3…

    Also worth noting that he had fewer than 10 carries in 11 games. Not exactly a recipe for success.

  8. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I just loved that Stiff Arm that White threw.
    I think he will do just fine in our new offense, and our Zone Blocking Scheme.