There is a lot of talk and speculation surrounding the Bucs number two running back position. Derrick Ward was the Bucs number two running back last season, a season that was less that productive. With only one touchdown to show for this efforts, the Bucs are not happy with Ward and now that Kareem Huggins is getting a chance to play, Ward is even more trouble than before.
Huggins has emerged as a solid running back, able to carry the ball up the middle or break to the outside and use his great speed to score. He is proving to everyone he will be on the field this season. Ward on the other hand has been playing as if he is stuck in the mud. At age 30, many question if his best days are behind him now. Coach Morris has gone on record that he believes Ward needs to “slim down.” Ward weighs in at 228 pounds, solid, but not overweight (not a Terrance Cody weight issue). Ward says he is physically fit and in good shape (says he is ready for week one of the season right now).
Ward is not going to be the number two running back at this pace. Huggins is getting more repetitions with the first team offense and is showing everyone that he is the better of the two running backs. Each preseason game Ward has been sluggish and has not produced. Right now Morris says the two are tied for the second running back position, but unless Ward makes a strong case in the last two games, the position will be given to Huggins.