The spotlight for this week is on running back Kareem Huggins. Huggins weighs in at 5’9″ and 198 lbs. He was undrafted coming out of Hofstra, but invited to try-out for the team by fellow alum Raheem Morris. But his season ended after only two preseason games when he hyper-extended his knee and was forced to miss most of the season. But he came back in the final 3 games on special teams registering 1 tackle and 2 kick returns for 52 yards. The speedy running back is poised for a breakout year for the Bucs.
Huggins came out of Hofstra after rushing for over 2000 yards, but no team drafted him. Many felt he was too small to handle every down duties for a running back in the NFL. Huggins has taken this and used it to inspire him. Huggins can be found nearly every day at One Buc Place in the weight room getting stronger and working harder. Many feel Huggins could be pound-for-pound the strongest player on the roster. He is also the fastest running back out of everyone, running a blistering 4.28 in the 40 yard dash. Along with good field vision and a quick burst off the line, he could be a break out player this season.
Many, including offensive coordinator Greg Olsen, did not believe Huggins could play at this level, he was to small, didn’t have enough strength to block on a regular basis, but all of these thoughts are being put aside. With Cadillac’s history with knee troubles, Earnest Graham becoming the fullback, and Derrick Ward, Huggins could get some carries this season and be mixed in with the passing game as well as special teams. Huggins is going to be a break out player for the Bucs, he is too fast and talented not to make an impact this season and for seasons to come.