Bucs Add Another Running Back

May 13th, 2024

Cleared Hurdle No. 1.

After poring over dozens of hours of college game film of Tampa Bay’s tryout players over the weekend, even letting a platter of Hooters Buffalo Shrimp get cold, Joe picked one guy to write about.

And now he has a contract.

He’s University of Kentucky rookie running back Ramon Jefferson, one of two Bucs tryout players to get a contract to join the expanded offseason roster. The other is cornerback Andrew Hayes, the pride of Central Arkansas and Ouchita Baptist universities.

Jefferson started his career at the University of Maine, where he was coached by new Bucs offensive coordinator Liam Coen. Then he moved on to Sam Houston State and later the University of Kentucky in 2022, where he was coached again by Coen and had more injuries.

Two carries into the 2022 season, Jefferson blew out his knee in Week 1 and lost the rest of the Kentukcy season. It was an especially long ACL rehab. Last season, Jeffereson was used sparingly (28 carries for 184 yards). But the 5-9, 200-pounder from New York City, did rip off a 74-yard run against Alabama.

Joe is always interested rookie running backs. They’re a wild card and, if Jefferson can survive the spring, there’s a great chance fans will see him in preseason. He’ll compete with the Bucs’ stable of veterans, rookie fourth-round pick Bucky Irving and fellow undrafted free agent D.J. Williams.

30 Responses to “Bucs Add Another Running Back”

  1. Hodad Says:

    White, and Irving are locks. After them, it is wide open.

  2. SlyPirate Says:

    The Bucs will draft a RB early next year. MLB, CB, RB, WR in the first four rounds … BPA.

  3. Stanglassman Says:

    I’m excited to see these young RBs in camp. They really are wildcards. Unlike other positions, these guys could easily be starters. I remember watching DJ Wiliams at FSU a few years back and thought he was going to be the next great Seminole RB. He’s someone to keep an eye on too.

  4. Buc1987 Says:

    SlyPirate…you’ve got it all figured out already?lol

  5. Bucs Guy Says:

    First pick will be DT — unless Logan Hall has a stellar season this year. Just like picking Braswell as the potential JTS replacement.

  6. OHBucFan Says:

    Jefferson had a really good first practice, right? Good luck to him.

  7. JimBobBuc Says:

    Joe- bad decision to let those great shrimp get cold! :). DJ Williams tape didn’t look bad. Similar runner as White preferring to run over tacklers. Much better vision at the LOS than White and really finishes his runs hard, so he might be a good short yardage back. Let’s see how he does….

  8. Boss Says:

    can we find one thats 5’9 and 245 and runs a 4.5 and can cut as well as blow through the hole?

  9. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Braswell actually Shaq Barrett replacement.

  10. BucsFan Says:

    Would prefer a proven NFL back like ROJO on a one year prove it deal.

  11. A Bucs Fan Says:

    There is more than one reason ROJO is out of the league right now. He had the talent but he lacked the maturity.

  12. BucsFan Says:

    That is the great thing about aging , most learn and mature. ROJO at 26 has a lot of tread left on the tires and you cannot teach 4.3 speed , you either have it or you don’t.

  13. Pickgrin Says:

    BucsFan Says:
    “ROJO at 26 has a lot of tread left on the tires and you cannot teach 4.3 speed, you either have it or you don’t.”

    LOL – Rojo “don’t have it”. Not 4.3 speed anyways… He ran a 4.65 40 at the combine…

  14. BucsFan Says:

    Look at his ProDay tape at USC he ran a 4.28-Yeah he has it and you also may want to look at the Bucs record 98 yard TD run , they had the angle and still could not touch him.

  15. BucsFan Says:

    ROJO also hurt his hammy during the combine run at 4.65 , so that time is meaningless. ROJO was also a star on the USC track team.

  16. 2023 Surprised the Hell out of me Says:

    bring on the competition

  17. BucsFan Says:

    Exactly my point

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Camp bait

  19. Pickgrin Says:

    BucsFan Says:
    “Look at his ProDay tape at USC he ran a 4.28-Yeah he has it”

    BucsFan – WTF? – you are just pulling wishfull #s out your butt for some reason.

    “In front of more than a dozen NFL scouts at Cromwell Field at the Loker Track Stadium on USC’s campus Thursday morning, Jones lowered his 40 time, running 4.48 seconds in the first and best of his two attempts at the 40-yard dash, according to electronic times kept by school officials.”

    ROJO had decent speed – but nothing like what you are suggesting.

    Jones played his best ball and certainly played his part in our Super Bowl winning season (2020) which deserves some respect – but he was mentally weak and was out of the NFL after only 5 seasons (not because of injury) – which is pretty close to a “bust” for a high 2nd rd draft pick…..

  20. Roland Says:

    His tape looks good from Houston. You can see why so many SEC schools wanted this kid. Way better between the tackles than Bucky. ….. If he can field kickoffs he’s got the skillset to be very good there too. Good North South runner with good re acceleration after the cut or broken tackles. Reads blockers well and accelerated through the holes.
    If he pass blocks we’ll he’s better than Bucky on 1st and 2nd down already.

    Don’t sleep on this kid.

  21. FrontFour Says:

    Good luck to this young man.

  22. Mark A Swygert Says:

    The RB position is interesting this year, for sure. With the addition of Jefferson, the Bucs now have 7 RB’s on their roster. I can’t remember them carrying that many into camp in a long time, even back when they had actual fullbacks on the team. Iwas kind of surprised that Patrick Laird wasn’t among the cuts. 2 years on the practice squad without a call-up.

  23. Jake been there since the beginning Says:

    Boss, you caught my eye with that description busting through the line.. Keift could be the guy. Tightend is now running up the middle baby.

  24. Shane Callahan Says:

    It would be super cool if any of these backs break out. None of them could’ve done anything with last year’s o-line. (Nobody talks about how Mauch was the lowest rated linemen on the team last year. He better SERIOUSLY improve.)

  25. Noclu4u Says:

    Boss Jerome Berris is retired lol

  26. Noclu4u Says:

    Shane let’s see what Mauch can do this season . He came on late in the season . Hope he breaks out like cappa did .

  27. BAKERSBucs says Says:

    Coen coached him it’s not what you k own it’s who u know.the most true phrase in life it’s everywhere u go in life

  28. BAKERSBucs says Says:

    O’Callaghan that sounds like a friggin threat r u mafia wanna b

  29. Toad Bowels Says:

    From you guys descriptions it sounds like he’s a combination of Franco Harris, Jerome Bettis, Marshawn Lynch, Mike Alstott and Pee Wee Herman on the field. Let’s hope he’s not 99.8,% Pee Wee. If he can make the team and/or practice squad, will be a great accimplishment. Good luck to this young man.

  30. BucFanforLife Says:

    If he’s fully rehabbed, he could have a chance at making the final roster. But I see him more as a practice squad player. Hopefully he stays healthy and gets his shot when called up because he has the goods.