A Judgment Day For Rachaad White And The Bucs’ Decision Makers

September 10th, 2023

Outspoken and likeable Buccaneers second-year running back Rachaad White started nine games last year and the Bucs’ RB1 got a sweet pseudo-promotion after a challenging rookie season.

The blocking was shaky. He couldn’t break tackles. He caught the ball impressively well but wasn’t stong after the catch.

The Bucs loved what they saw.

Tampa Bay officials decided White didn’t have to compete for his 2023 job because he was so darn capable and promising. Head coach Todd Bowles wants a run-focused offense and White is the running back he chose with general manager Jason Licht.

Free agent Chase Edmonds was added for a minimum salary, though he has a world of talent and a strong resume despite coming off a bad 2022 season. Then there’s undrafted rookie Sean Tucker out of Syracuse, who was slowed by a heart issue in the spring. The Bucs internally scouted Ke’Shawn Vaughn and thought he was worth keeping, but he was demoted last week and walked out of the building temporarily.

All the talk and conjecture about this somewhat strange running backs group ends today. Thankfully! Joe knows fans that are confident in the backs — and those that are a little scared to watch.

Regardless, the legitimate judgment starts at 1 p.m. in Minnesota. White is going to need more than one very strong start out of nine this season for the Bucs to have a prayer, or for him to keep his starting job all season.

12 Responses to “A Judgment Day For Rachaad White And The Bucs’ Decision Makers”

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I can see Tucker challenging White this year. I am tickled pink that Vaughn is out of the picture.

  2. Couch Fan Says:

    Running the ball will not beat the Vikings IMO. We will need to pass. A lot.

  3. HC Grover Says:

    Dunno. Today will go 1 way or the other. Will know round about 4pm

  4. kgh4life Says:

    If the Bucs take their time trying to establish the run, they will lose. The Vikings have a suspect secondary, the Bucs should definitely go after them. The Vikings have one of the most prolific wr’s in football in Jefferson and a talented tight end, the Bucs has to put up points.

  5. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    You forgot the biggest off-season story of them all – the pretend QB competition.

    We’re going to see if it was justified.

  6. TampaBayBucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Bucs were predictable and one dimensional last season due to a horrific Oline. There must be great improvement in the Oline this year or failure awaits.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    It’s not about the running backs IMO; they’re ‘good enough’. It’s about the OLine, play design & play selection. If those 3 things are up to snuff, White & Edmonds (and Tucker if need be) can git-er-done.

    Our rushing attack almost surely won’t win the game, but if it’s even reasonably competent, we’ve got this. But if the Vikings force us to abandon the run early & rely solely on our passing attack, it’s gonna be a loooong (and sad) afternoon.

  8. Aaron Says:

    Anyone see Evans was the last one to put his hand up lol

  9. TampabayDJ Says:

    All you fake Bucs fans can go kick rocks and root for the AINTS or the Vikings !! Bucs win !! Bucs win !!

  10. TampabayDJ Says:

    All the real Bucs fans , thank you !! LFG !!

  11. Georgia Redneck Says:

    The Buc’s do not have a run game. I don’t know if it’s the runners or the linemen., but it sucks.

  12. BAKERSBucs Says:

    Georgia redneck says u r an idiot period !!!!!!!!!!! Stay off this web site