Rachaad White Is Crazy Good Catching The Ball

June 13th, 2024

Displays nasty move.

Yesterday, Joe was reminded just how damn good Bucs third-year running back Rachaad White is catching the ball out of the backfield.

And Joe is reminded of just how far White has to go as a running back.

During a portion of practice, Joe was able to see White catch a pass in the left flat out of the backfield. Due to being screened, Joe couldn’t specifically see what happened next but Joe did witness White breaking some linebacker’s ankles with a move that would have made Magic Johnson smile.

Joe thought, “Damn, White is really special catching the ball.” When he gets the ball on a pass in the open field, it’s a beautiful thing to watch.

Then there’s White’s running, which is anything but beautiful. Nauseating, in fact. It got Joe to wonder if new Bucs offensive coordinator Liam Coen can somehow, someway get White to just be an average running back, just get some YAC on the ground and a decent yards per carry average. How much might that spark the Bucs offense this year?

Joe believes it’s a mystery how a guy can make dudes miss so badly in the passing game in the open field, but in the run game through two seasons has all the moves of a mailbox.

19 Responses to “Rachaad White Is Crazy Good Catching The Ball”

  1. geno711 Says:

    Rinse and repeat.

    Tuesday. White Bad running ball.
    Thursday. White Good catching ball.
    Saturday. White Not good at running.
    Monday. White very good catching.
    Wednesday. When running the ball, Joes eyes say White misses holes,
    Friday. Joe sees White as more a slot receiver than a running back.

    Next suggested title should just beBueller? …Bueller? …Bueller?

    We will know.

  2. Allen Lofton Says:

    If he is such a bad runner make him a full-time receiver

  3. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Use Bucky Irving as 1st and 2nd down runner and White as a 3rd down pass catching RB.

  4. Ed Says:

    White is a nightmare for defensive backs after catch. His first move freezes them, then he has a quick burst and will pick up 8-10 yards after the catch.

    White is a defensive lineman’s favorite. First he hesitates after the handoff, then he runs high and goes down with the first tackle.

    He will never be confused with Mike Alstott or LeGarrette Blount as a runner.

    Best option, in spread offense throw him the ball, use him on draw plays.

    Use a different runner to do the grinding and grunting running, he isn’t the man for that game.

  5. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Don’t tell me what a guy can’t do, tell me what he’s good at and we’ll do lots of that. Someone once said….

  6. realistic-optimistic Says:

    @geno711, yep …

    Joe is fixated on 3 points this offseason:

    1) RWhite is horrible
    2) Baker is better than every QB in NFL history
    3) The Bucs are unfairly disrespected by national media

    Yawn. They’re all tropes. They’re all unfounded.

  7. Joe Says:

    If he is such a bad runner make him a full-time receiver

    No issue with that at all.

  8. teacherman1983 Says:

    But Hainsey is a good center? Lmao.

    Hainsey is a pansey.

    He’s the softest, slowest, weakest and most scared center I’ve ever seen.

    Hainsey almost got Brady killed.

    Hainsey cannot get any push.

    That’s why White and Fournette have been getting hit in the backfield for 2 years straight.

    Running backs can get YAC as long as it’s not a a defensive lineman hitting you in the backfield!

    Hainsey is the worst center of the history of the Bucs.

    With a real man plying center like Barton, instead of that cupcake Hainsey.

    I guarantee we average 4.0 yards per carry this carry.

    And all the hate against White will end.

    Hainsey will get cut. And no one will sign him.

    The end.

  9. Jake been there since the beginning Says:

    Maybe White just fears those big guys up front, in college he had some bigger holes and now it’s like he does just lay down. Get him outside and he is not the same guy. So 3rd down man, unless he gets better Bucky to the rescue!!! He Ain’t Scared..

  10. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Someone needs to get back to work.

  11. SlyPirate Says:

    Move him to WR. He can be a Deebo type hybrid.

  12. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Deebo got upset when they put him in the backfield too much. He said it was too much wear and tear on his body.

    Side note: WRs get paid a lot more than RBs

  13. BillyBucco Says:

    Passing league man.
    It’s a shame because RBs get hurt so often.
    I wanna see a team run the ball like Army or Navy does.
    Like what NE did to Buffalo a couple years back.
    Only had about 4 passes the whole game. Only Belicheck has the cajones for that.

  14. Dave Pear Says:

    As has been said countless time, you put Barry Sanders and Jim Brown behind the sorry group of matadors the Bucs had “blocking” last season and they would’ve struggled to get 4ypc. Combine that with the stale white bread run calls of Canolis and you have epic fail.

    For a head coach who wants to run the ball, that is career threatening failure, but the Todd is showing signs of evolution and that is encouraging.

  15. Buccaneer rick Says:

    I mean did he have enough time to think of a move the defense was in his face at the same time he got the ball almost every play

  16. Pickgrin Says:

    “open field”

    There’s your answer.

    How many times did the Oline snowplow a gaping hole open on a run play last year?

    Get White to the 2nd level – 1 on 1 with a LBer and watch the magic….

  17. Zoocomics Says:

    Boy, you can tell it’s the offseason as we can’t help but click on these articles to have the same debate over and over again.

    Let’s clear the air with the idea of turning a RB into a WR, because he’s more talented catching than he is running, correct? I play just enough Fantasy Football to notice that you don’t see a whole lot of conversions from RB to WR, and there’s a reason for that. I’m sure there are 100’s of fast guys with good hands that frankly can’t get open for spit, or just don’t have the natural talent to run routes. But it’s not really about that. This is the continuous narrative by at least one of the JBF staff members who thinks we’ve seen White’s ceiling after 2 seasons, this last season being his first as a starter. Obviously, since context means something here, we are to assume that White was setup for success from day 1 and was given every opportunity to light it up! This kid, albeit a 17-game season, still managed close to 1K yards on the ground, with an Ocoordinator learning on the job, who at times was more than predictable with his play calling, and the Oline, I’m tired about talking about how bad the run blocking was from the Oline. Yet we’ve seen White’s ceiling?…smh

    The reality is White’s ability to catch the ball and do something with it is predicated on the actual play being called for him as a RB, not as WR. As a RB he’s up against a LBs and not CBs. Do we all see the difference there? Additionally, there’s a bit of an element of surprise when the RB swings outside, or bump blocks and shoots a gap and takes a slant as an outlet for the QB.

    It’s for an armchair bubba to believe that well just line him up in the slot, and I’m sure he’ll be as good as Goodwin since he’s such a talented pass catcher. Is this really the logic we’re going with? This is where we’re at in this discussion?

  18. Dave Pear Says:

    Zoo with the good wisdom. Well written.

  19. David Says:

    With a better line, I can’t wait to see what he does this year. They have a potentially real good 1-2 punch with him and Bucky.