Surprising (Good) Rachaad White Stat

June 8th, 2024

Better than you may think.

Look, Joe has been real when he calling Rachaad White an elite pass catcher out of the backfield. He is exceptional.

But as a running back? Well, Joe’s in a good mood so let’s not get Joe riled up right now.

However, as a receiver coming out of the backfield, White may even be better than Joe believed. And that’s saying something. Per the Twitter account of @NFL_Stats, White had the seventh-most yards after the catch last year.

Not just running backs, but all guys catching passes, including receivers and tight ends. White actually had more YAC than Ja’Marr Chase. A lot more. That absolutely blows Joe’s mind!

White had the second-most YAC at running back. Only Breece Hall of the Jets had more. White also had more YAC than any tight end.

So every wide receiver in the NFL but six guys had less YAC than White. Wild!

Joe has said it before and will say it again, White is a misplaced slot receiver. Problem is, Chris Godwin is, too. And he ain’t going anywhere.

Joe has zero problem if new Bucs offensive coordinator Liam Coen feeds White the ball early and often this fall. At least with passes.

23 Responses to “Surprising (Good) Rachaad White Stat”

  1. OR Buc Says:

    Good for him. Would be interesting to see total touches by those numbers. Hopefully we’ll get some good RB play this year. Could really set us apart.

  2. geno711 Says:

    Lamb 680/135
    St. Brown 668//119
    Rice 654/79
    Hill 652/119
    Hall 649/76
    Nacua 640/105
    White 611/64
    Njoku 599/43

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    geno711 … Thanks; nice to see stats put in perspective (slight correction according to Pro-Football-Reference stats on Njoku; he actually had 81 catches).

    So in terms of YAC/catch, the list pretty much gets flipped on its’ head. White actually leads the pack (9.55), followed by Hall (8.54) then Rice (8.28). Lamb actually has the lowest of that group with 5.04 YAC/touch.

    Appears to me that Rachaad was in a class by himself last season. Only one to have a catch percentage OVER 90% (70 targets with 64 catches … 91.4%). Also, only one in that list to have a NEGATIVE YBC (Yards Before Catch) per reception: Minus 1.0 YBC. Both are unbelievable stats.

  4. Bucswin! Says:

    So second best yac per reception behind Njoku. Nice. Go BUCS!

  5. CleanHouse Says:

    Good for him! Something to double down on!

  6. BucsFan since '96 Says:

    If White can just improve as a RB so he at least average that would be amazing. With his determination and the right coaching I believe he can. He might of developed some bad habits in college, using methods that worked back then but didn’t work in the NFL unless your Le’Veon Bell.

  7. Todd Says:

    That’s awesome. Great insight!

  8. Capt.Tim Says:

    If only we’d give this kid a good line to run behind.
    But, I guess we a gonna start another teams backup, a rookie, and a first year player.

    If I was him, Id want a trade. Not gonna get killed running behind rookies and backups 2 years in a row.
    This just showes the young man has talent, but Bucs are refusing him an opportunity.

    If the Bucs start Sua Poeta, it ill be a stiff legged, slow back up who couldnt ever break the starting lineup for the Eagles He only started a few games in the last 3 years, all due to injury.
    But, who needs a running game, right?

  9. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Hopefully Bucky will be a much better rusher than White then we got a good one two punch.

  10. heyjude Says:

    Great stuff. All these stats show us Rachaad is the guy! He keeps getting better in two seasons. This third season should be even better.

  11. Lt. Dan Says:

    Don’t sleep on Sean Tucker: 5-9 / 210 and 4.33 speed. Our No. 2 running back and kickoff returner?

  12. Dude Says:

    I mentioned this in a post last week about White could have he had even more YAC but because most of his receptions came behind the LOS the negative yardage ate at his net gains. Also the 23 first downs, for an offense that struggled to extend drives consistently is a plus as well. White is easily the most talented ball handler on the team, and eats more space than anybody else.

    Next level up for Rachaad would be his take on being a reboot of Matt Forte.

  13. BigBucsFan Says:

    Calm down take a breath Captain Tim, A rookie and a 1styear guy is the same thing by the way….. I think our line will be fine yes we may have a rookie, who is an absolute stud and looks to be a hopeful pro bowl lineman for years to come. Cody will not get pushed around the way he did last year towards the end of the year, Tristan is still there and there’s some other veterans to help the young guys out. I think it will be a much improved line from last year to this year. Not counting in or figuring on the hopes of L. Cohen getting this team going in a much better much quicker fashion than canales did

  14. Jo09 Says:

    Opera started 6 games, played in 13 and logged 206 (run snaps) and recorded a 76% run block win rate which was 3rd in the NFL. Small sample size but seems to be adequate at run blocking. I believe Pass pro is where he struggles. The IOL should be much improved, time will tell who’s actually starting and how they perform as a unit.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … Joe Mahoney (Denver Bronco News) did an interesting analysis ranking NFL Centers & Guards back in Feb 2024 (search ‘Data-driven ranking of all starting NFL interior offensive linemen in 2023′). Boiled several parameters down to a point system.

    o Highest ranking Centers: Eagles’ Jason Kelce (41 points) topped his list, followed by Saints’ Eric McCoy (37 points) & Panthers’ Bradley Bozeman (35 points). Bucs’ Robert Hainsey was ranked in the middle-third (29 points) at #14.

    o Highest ranking Guards: Bills’ Conor McGovern (49 points) was his top-rated Guard, followed by Eagles’ Landon Dickerson (40 points) & Raiders’ Greg Van Roten (40 points). Bucs’ Cody Mauch (21 points) ranked way down the list at #46. Aaron Stinnie (14 points) ranked #58.

    Interestingly, he ranked Giants’ Ben Bredeson (11 points) at #61 & Eagles’ Sua Opeta (10 points) at #63. I’m now pulling big-time for Bucs’ rookie Elijah Klein to kick butt & beat out Hainsey, Bredeson & Opeta. Barring that, JL needs to bring in a quality veteran Guard rather than accumulating a bunch of WRs.

  16. Bucben61 Says:

    The pieces are all falling into place. Does anybody know who the big backs are in camp… who’s the goal line and short yardage back going to be.

  17. Goodbuc'nlife Says:

    Rachaad will blow up this season on the ground. Mark my word. To continue calling him a slot receiver is a bit over the top. He has talent. He has the grit. He has the want to. I honestly believe our interior oline was a massive culprit for the rushing inefficiencies to go along with poor offensive philosophy (rushing). Joe, how many times did Rachaad get stopped behind the LOS due to penetration? Let’s talk real numbers. I saw that often. I also saw when a hole was there, he hit it and gained positive yards at a high clip. That was just inconsistent. He barely had a clean hole. Did he miss some on occasion that he could have hit, yes. Just like a QB misses throws. No QB has a 100% completion rate and no RB sees every hole (especially if the RB doesn’t trust the online).IMO our running game will be much improved with Liam at the realm and with the additions we’ve made at guard and center. I’m not crowning Barton as the saviour but I do think competition at center will make for increased production there by default. Go BUCS!!!!!!

  18. unbelievable Says:

    He’s not a misplaced slot receiver.

    Part of what makes him so effective in the passing game is the fact that he’s catching from the RB position. Lining him up in the slot would create completely different matchups and defensive schemes by opponents.

  19. 1#bucsfan Says:

    He’s a weapon and needs to be used more. What’s even better is that Irving has the potential to be a receiving back to at least we hear he has good hands so it can confuse defenses with both backs. They won’t know which one is going to run or receive.

  20. Capt.Tim Says:


    Rookies always struggle. A 1st year player is nit the same as a rookie. Mauch is a 1st year player. Barton is a rookie.

    We HOPE Mauch has mproved. Barton has Played Left Tackle for the last 2 years.
    Now hes moving to Center and will have sooo much to learn, adjust to and he will need a year in an NFL weight room.
    Opeta is a career backup. A line is only as strong as its weakest member- because thats whoa defense will attack.

    And no, I won’t relax. Ive said this for the last 2 years. And 2 years our interior line has sucked, and our running game has been LAST IN THE LEAGUE. 32 IN RUSHING.
    I dont know why the Bucs wont fix the line. I dont know why they are happy with 32nd rushing.
    But until they do its worth mentoning.
    Cause you dont win Super Bowls wth a last place rushng attack.

  21. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    What’s his YAC per catch?

  22. MadMax Says:

    I saw all of this last year and its why i was pushing for us to draft a RB…I was calling for Bucky early but then thought maybe we need someone bigger and get Estime. Apparently they want small and shifty, which is great and Bucky fell to us in the 4th and now we’ll see.

    Its awesome to have one of the best pass catching RB’s. Hopefully Coen figures out when to use both at maximum times to throw defenses off. You keep the D in expecting a Bucky run or checkdown to Rachaad, but then you go deep to Evans, Godwin or McMillan…..I really hope we see a lot of that. Then the D readjusts and we run it or check it down their throat!

  23. Zoocomics Says:

    I don’t know why JBF is so down on White as our starting back. When I listen to you guys, it’s basically we’ve seen the best from White, and why would we think he’ll be any better in 2024? I just don’t know where that logic is.

    Here is a little bit of my logic. THIS WILL BE HIS THIRD YEAR in the league. His Second as the lead back, that in itself should have a little ground for forgiveness, and yet he still managed 990 yards on the ground. His first year he split carries with Fournette, 189 attempts vs 129 for White, and on an offense that was more passing prone. Where were we ranked rushing wise during the early Brady years? 25th? We weren’t lighting up the field on the ground with that stacked team…and that was behind a stud offensive line. As of 2022 we’ve rebuilt almost our entire Oline with quite a young group, and that was under first year play caller in Canales. With Coen, this whole offense should be better.

    Can we give this kid 2024 as THE season to show us that he is a quality starting RB for this team?