Buccaneers on the Bubble: Running Backs
After spending all of last season without a team, Storm Johnson was signed by the Tampa Bay Bucs shortly before the draft.
A standout player at the University of Central Florida after transferring from Miami(FL), Johnson helped lead the Knights to some of their best football with then teammate Blake Bortles.
While Bortles was drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Jaguars, Johnson himself had to wait until the 7th round for the same team to take him as well.
In his rookie season he carried the ball 29 times for less than 100 combined yards while finding the endzone twice.
Prior to the 2015 season the Jags waived the young running back and it wasn’t until this April that he was able to find a new team.
Calling him a long shot to make the team may be an understatement, but he does have talent if he can fit into the system and what the coaching staff is trying to do. Johnson has some returning experience so he may try to make his impact there as his only competition looks to be the aforementioned rookie Russell Hansbrough.
If anything, keeping him on the roster at least a couple of weeks into the pre-season allows the Bucs to limit the playing time of both Martin and Sims as they try to keep them fresh for the regular season.
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