Top 5 running backs in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history

Mike Alstott, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not a team that has been known for their run game historically, but here is a list of their five best backs of all time.

Especially recently, the Buccaneers’ identity has been based on throwing the football rather than rushing.

Other than Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount, there have been very few Bucs running backs of note during the past decade, and those two only accounted for three above-average seasons during that time.

Unfortunately, this has been the case in Tampa Bay for some time now. The massive dependence on throwing the ball has often made running the football an afterthought in the game plan.

What makes matters worse is the abysmal defense that the Buccaneers have fielded since the massive success during the 2000s. With a weak defense, teams like the Bucs can’t afford to run the football because they are often playing from behind.

This problem has been especially pertinent over the last five years, where the Bucs have mixed below-average play from their defense and running backs to poor results across the board.

Tampa Bay thinks that they may have found their future star in Ronald Jones, but the 2020 season will be telling if he is to stay.

Regardless of the recent lack of success, here are the five best running backs in Buccaneer history.