Rachaad White Is Your RB1 (Finally)

August 26th, 2023

Rachaad White

Can we start blaming Byron Leftwich?

Tonight Rachaad White actually looked like an NFL team’s top running back.

Joe has been harsh on White this offseason because White’s rookie season was harsh. The guy had some of the worst advanced stats in the NFL last year, including a miserable yards-after-contact.

White had one good game, a strong and steady game against Seattle. One game out of 18. (Yes, White had solid overall numbers against Cleveland but there were far too man bad runs.) One good game in nearly 20 doesn’t make a good running back.

White did, however, demonstrate last year he was good catching the ball out of the backfield.

Last night White looked like a damn good runner. He had 39 yards on seven carries for a 5.6 yards per carry average.

And it wasn’t on easy runs. He got a good chunk of his yards between the tackles.

It was refreshing to see White be strong in the final worthless preseason game, a dress rehearsal for the regular season.

It puzzled Joe that despite the Bucs having the worst rushing attack last year. the Bucs really didn’t do anything this offseason to bolster their running backs. Perhaps Bucs shot-callers were convinced that disgraced former offensive coordinator SpongeBob Leftwich was so inept he had zero clue how to develop a running attack — and that any decent coordinator could get production from White and others.

White’s results Saturday night give weight to that theory.

17 Responses to “Rachaad White Is Your RB1 (Finally)”

  1. JBBUCS_06 Says:

    Liking what I’m seeing from the O. Versatility, motion, and surprisingly the running game. White looks good.

  2. Greg Says:

    Didn’t do anything? Dunno about that. Mauch looked like he belonged there. This was another of those nights the offensive line was “invisible”. If you hear the announcers talking about the o-line it’s usually bad. I can’t recall any penalties though I was doing other things with the game on in the background. Either way, I’ll take it.

  3. Lefty Says:

    Greg.. you seem sharp – basing your judgments on having a game on in the background while doing other things. I’m guessing Joe Biden is a great President in your assessment?

  4. Call the Salt Truck Says:

    Greg- the only penalties I remember were a pair of false starts when Trask was in the red zone early in the 3rdd quarter, when Trask had them at the 7 yard line. 1st False start was on WR Moore, but the second was on backup Guard A. Stinnie. Feel like we get the TD if not for giving up 10 yards there.

    The other OL lowlight was backup Tackle Michael Niese, who I think was playing center at the time? Would explain a lot of the low snaps Trask was dealing with. Niese fumbled twice on the night.

    But as for our starters? They were solid, didn’t see a peep out of them.

  5. Pewter Power Says:

    You should be coming here to eat your words not reiterating why you “thought” you were right just saying. All offseason we read about it but it was worse hearing You cry about it like a baby on the podcast

  6. Austin Says:

    White is gliding through the line, reminds me of Leveon Bell

  7. Pickgrin Says:

    “any decent coordinator could get production from White and others”

    G-17…. G17…. Bingo…. We have a BINGO!

  8. bucnjim Says:

    Misdirection is the key to this offense. It’s not trickery but the defense has no choice but to play it honest. NFL defenses are too fast and strong now to just line up and run it up the middle. It was great to also see a little no huddle thrown in as well. The new Tampa West Coast offense!

  9. go dawgs Says:

    lefty^^^ omg.. funniest shiz if read in a long time!!!! hahahahahha

  10. Bojim Says:

    Lefty. Why do you care what Greg does? And yeah, Biden”s put the U.S. back on track. Someone wants to be elected to save face. Pretty presidential stuff. lol

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Lenny 3.5…….White 3.7

    So…..the rookie beat out “Plsyoff Lenny”

  12. BillyBucco Says:

    Yes Joe we all know you thought they should have upgraded at RB.
    We also mostly know you have to practice it ALL THE TIME, and jot abandon ot for a Tom Brady pass every time it doesn’t work like it didn’t usually because we didn’t practice it. Those 3 runs in preseason game 1 was perfect. No complaining, just do it. There is No crying in Football lol.
    With White and Tucker all game, we rush for over 150 easily.

  13. NDog is an Idiot Says:

    If OLine is just average White will thrive!! Great receiver also. Hope his blocking for Baker Holds up. BTW Bojim should have his own late night Comedy Show!! Put down that Cup of msnbc

  14. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    I think Licht and Bowles fixed the offense with Canales and the offensive line this year. I think this offense is perfect for Mayfield. I think Mayfield will love having a huge target in Evans that I don’t think Brady appreciated. I predict the offense is better than last year. Go Bucs!!!

  15. Fred McNeil Says:

    White was fighting for yardage and looked great. Tucker too. I liked Ronnie Brown too. I’m thinking we keep four RBs. White, Edmonds, Tucker and Brown. Fine stable of backs. MinnieSoda, here we come.

  16. Pewter Power Says:

    If sneak Vaughn is the number 3 behind Edmunds then we know it’s just emotional because he clearly is not better than Tucker

  17. dalvincookrules Says:

    this is one of the weakest RB rooms in the NFL… that is not good when you don’t have an elite OL and QB.