Bucs add a running back

The Bucs have added a running back to the roster.

Yesterday the Bucs claimed tight end Martin Rucker off waivers from Philadelphia, but he failed his physical after arriving in Tampa. I am not sure why the Bucs would want another tight end on the roster, it would be hard to believe the Bucs would have 4 tight ends at the season opener. So that left the Bucs with any empty roster spot, but it wasn’t empty for long.

So with an empty roster spot, the Bucs signed rookie running back Carlos Brown who was waived by the New Orleans Saints. In 4 years at Michigan, Brown played in a total of 31 games, gaining 1025 yards on 201 carries. He also was a threat as a receiver and a kick-off returner. His best performance came against Eastern Michigan, where he led the Wolverines with 187 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries.

Once again I am not sure why the Bucs are signing a player where they already have depth and talent. The Bucs have Cadillac who is healthy and ready to go, Derrick Ward is a good running back that is looking to have a better season, and then there is Clifton Smith and Kareem Huggins both fast and exciting running backs. Adding Brown to the roster doesn’t seem to fit right now. Unless they want to use him as a returner, special team player, or the practice squad, the move is not a very good one at this stage.

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  • Gatorbuc15

    I agree. It doesn’t make much sence to me as to why the Bucs signed Brown. But, maybe he could be useful on special teams, or just be put on the practice squad. At least this guy might be able to pass his physical. Unlike Rucker.

  • Matt Staton

    True, the Bucs have running backs right now and some pretty good ones at that. This seems like a dumb move on their part, they have return specialists in Stroughter, Spurlock, Smith, so why add this guy? He seems like a solid running back but just a bad roster move by the organization again. Rucker was just a sad case, anyone should be able to pass a physical.

  • Tailgater

    If they are thinking of releasing Ward it might make sense.

  • Matt Staton

    If they release ward they will probably move Huggins to the 2nd spot on the roster, then there is Clifton Smith as well. He will probably see some spot action and will be signed to the practice squad at least.