Kareem Huggins hopes to rebound from his "ACL injury."

Huggins Continues to Shine

The Buccaneers are continuing to improve in the pre-season and Kareem Huggins continues to prove that he will be a force to deal with all season long. Coming off another strong performance, he is making his case to be the Bucs’ number two running back when the season starts and put Derrick Ward behind him.

Huggins had only 8 carries, but totaled 44 yards, continuing his solid performance this pre-season. He shows a quick step, able to get to the outside and also able to carry the load up the middle. Derrick Ward, who was coming off a terrible performance and promised to have a big game for the Bucs, had 5 carries for 11 yards, not a break out performance that he was expecting.

Coach Morris and staff are quiet about where Huggins will be on the roster, whether he will be low on the depth chart for running backs or if he will move his way up to number two and knock down Derrick Ward for good. I personally believe that Huggins will be the Bucs number two running back when the season begins. I do believe Ward will have a better season, but the staff is leaning towards Huggins right now and he is proving to everyone he deserves the spot. While it was bad to see Freeman go down and will miss the practice in the pre-season, Huggins continues to get the repetitions with the first team offense and will be a big time weapon when the season starts.

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  • Gatorbuc15

    I agree Matt. Huggins deserves to be the #2 back. He is tearing it up and making great plays while Ward continues to stay stuck in neutral. If Ward continues to struggle, and Huggins continues to shine, then I don’t see how the coaching staff can keep him at 3rd string on opening day. If they do, it will be outrageous and just plain wrong.

  • Matt Staton

    At this point, I think he is the number two running back. Ward is not the same anymore and has yet to prove anything, while Huggins is doing everything right. The coaches won’t comment on the situation, but unless Ward makes a miracle 180 and Huggins forgets how to run, he should be the number two runner.