Is it possible that the heir apparent to Doug Martin is already in town? The simple answer is yes. Jacquizz Rodgers was signed after the 2016 season began to strengthen the Bucs depth chart. However, with injuries to Martin and Charles Sims, Rodgers ended up being thrust into the spotlight as the lead running back.
To his credit, he took to the role quite well. Rodgers posted back to back 100 yard performances, including a 154 yard performance against the San Francisco 49ers. Despite only 129 carries, Rodgers led the Bucs with 560 rushing yards. Break down his stats more and they become even better. In games when Rodgers carried the ball 15 times or more, he averaged 92.4 yards per game in 2016. That is better than Jay Ajayi, DeMarco Murray and David Johnson, just to name a few.
He’s an unrestricted free agent right now, but it won’t take a lot to bring him back. Do it.