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In the game against Seattle the Buccaneers only rushed 26 times but they scored two touchdowns on the ground. One of these touchdowns was scored by Ronald Jones II and the other was scored by Dare Ogunbowale . You would then have to jump all the way up to week 17 when Jones torched the Falcons for 106 yards on only eleven carries to find an instance where the running game claimed 30 plays overall. This game would be the first time all season that a Buccaneer running back broke the one hundred yard mark.
There’s really not much as far as the run is concerned over the course of the season that jumps out at you-mostly vanilla stuff. The run was an afterthought for the most part other than the first Panther game and the last Atlanta game. Even though those games were good, there was still room for around another five carries. One should take into account though that it’s tough to implement a running game when you are trying to catch up due to interceptions from your quarterback.
My whole point is that Jameis Winston is in need of an outlet to take some of the weight off of his shoulders. Starting the game out running the ball, in other words committing to it, for the first couple drives may help Winston get settled into the game a little more and may alleviate some of those first pass attempt interceptions.