Michael Carter And The Bucs

November 15th, 2023

When Todd Bowles was hired as head coach, lots of fans barked about how people should ignore Bowles’ heinous record with the Jets because they’re a messy, bumbling organization that fails their head coaches.

Joe never understood that. It’s the equivalent of blaming Bucs general manager Jason Licht for this season’s losses to the Falcons and Texans. (If you do blame Licht, then have a nice day on your strange planet.)

But if Joe were to buy into the Jets making dumb move after dumb move, then Joe certainly would be praying this morning that the Bucs put in a waiver claim for running back Michael Carter, who was released by the Jets yesterday.

Carter surprised the NFL world as a rookie in 2021, averaging 4.3 yards per carry and catching the ball effectively for a terrible football team with no quarterback (the rookie version of Zach Wilson).

Then Carter got caught in the wash when the Jets drafted a better running back in 2022, Breece Hall. Carter underperformed last season and, per reports, he sort of fell apart this summer when the Jets signed Dalvin Cook and Carter landed on the bench.

Joe looks at Carter through only one lens. He certainly appears to be a better player than Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Sean Tucker, and Joe would bet a few bucks he’s better than Chase Edmonds. He also would come very cheap.

27 Responses to “Michael Carter And The Bucs”

  1. Kgh4life Says:

    Carter was having a down year with the Jets, maybe new scenery will raise his play.

  2. Rick Says:

    make this move fast

  3. Statistically Insignificant Reader Says:

    Why not. Upside is way more than what we have.

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    We have the 15th waiver wire position. Panthers, Patriots and Rams look like the only teams before us needing RB help.

  5. JByrd Says:

    This is silly. What Carter is best at, we already have a back performing at the highest level in the league currently.

  6. rrsrq Says:

    JL will not submit a waiver claim, I truly believe RB is his Achilles heel. He also will not bring in a RB in during the season, that would be like admitting he made a mistake when he says they have a great running back room.

  7. I'm a Tandyman Bucs Fan Again Says:

    I think it would work!

  8. Marine Buc Says:

    I agree with you Joe.

    Carter couldn’t be any worse than Tucker or Vaughn…

    I don’t think there is a worse running back in the league than Sneak Vaughn.

  9. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Yes please do it.

  10. Darin Says:

    Any head coaches on the waiver wire?

  11. SlyPirate Says:

    I’m disappointed they aren’t trying to develop SEAN TUCKER. The guys has home run speed and he’s a great receiver. Put him in.

  12. Bucs4Life Says:

    I’m diggin it!

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    The grass is always greener…

  14. Fred McNeil Says:

    The bottom of the roster is made for churning. Churn enough ya get some butter.

  15. Tye Says:

    ‘ignore Bowles’ heinous record with the Jets’

    Proving to be horrible advice because Bowels is just as heinous of a HC in Tampa…

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If you want to see how poorly Carter runs, put him behind our Oline…..

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    And, If you disagree, ask “Playoff Lenny” what our Oline can do for your career.

  18. LA Si Says:

    Before the bucks need to think about getting a running back. They need to think about getting a new offensive line that can block for a running back. If they had a better line then the running backs they have would be better.

  19. Jeffrey Becker Says:

    a 2 way guy! reason enuf

  20. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “ I don’t think there is a worse running back in the league than Sneak Vaughn”

    I don’t think there’s a worse XFL running back than Vaughn.

    Carter is not an ideal fit since he appears to have locker room issues and is a 3rd down back but the RB situation behind White is so bad that anyone is worth a shot.

  21. adam from ny Says:

    he’s not that good, but not that bad…

    could leapfrog or replace all three guys behind rb1…

    the problem is bowles…he’ll probably tell licht:

    “i’m comfortable with my guys, and they’re half a season into the system, so we’re good”

    which would be the wrong thing, but bowles usually wakes up on the conservative side of the bed…only a couple games this year have we really seen him slinging big ballz like he simply dgaf…

    carter ain’t great – that’s for sure – but he’s at least as good as, or better than 3/4 of our rb room right now…

    i’d make the move if the opp falls in our lap…why not…a potential spark in a dimly lit rb room can’t hurt at this point

  22. adam from ny Says:

    he was highly touted out of college and is a 3rd down back…

    but with the insurance policy of cook in ny, and hall’s knee being seemingly good, they are cutting the guy loose…

    i think it’s because cook is pressing them to give him the rock more…they really thought breece would get eased back because of the knee and they’d have use for all 3 backs…

    now it’s a 2 back thing there and they promised cook more touches – so out the door goes carter, who was falling to the wayside anyway

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    At the very least they should bring him in as a practice squad guy and give him a look – although I’d personally just sign him to replace Vaughn.

    The only issue, I think, is the Bucs are worried if anything happens to White, they want Vaughn around since he’s trusted as a pass blocker. But with Chase back, he’s also in that role, a vet, and should be trusted since he’s a dedicated 3rd down back.

  24. TOMMY MORDUE Says:


  25. ghost Says:

    AZ got him, but Licht did try at least

  26. Debbie Says:

    Fix the offensive line, that will improve the running backs stats. And our score.

  27. Time to Fire Coaches Says:

    Debbie gets it