The Buccaneers aren’t starting a new era at running back with Darwin Thompson, but he was still a great pickup for the practice squad.
Practice squad signings rarely turn heads, but Darwin Thompson to the Buccaneers could be too good to ignore. Tampa has a great running back room for now, but they are one injury away from needing another back to call on.
There was a point last season where fans wondered if Devin White would get touches in a badly injured and depleted running back room, and keeping viable options on the practice squad for something like this is an excellent move by the Bucs.
Darwin Thompson didn’t pop during his time with the Chiefs, but there is still a talented player there for the Buccaneers to mold.
Thompson spent the better part of two seasons as a rare change of pace back that touched the field little, but his college tape and skillset show a player that can do well in the NFL.
During his time at Utah State, Thompson was highly productive and made a living on the ground and through the air. If he were stellar in either part of his game, Thompson would probably be on an active roster for now, but he has at least put on tape that he can get yards through various means.
It would have been nice if the Bucs could add someone to fill more of a role on special teams and on kick returns, but Thompson’s abilities as a pure offensive player still work great for the practice squad.
The Buccaneers now have a better running back to get looks from each week in practice, and there is now reliability if injuries set the unit back once the regular season starts.
Darwin Thompson probably won’t see the active roster this year, but the talent is there to eventually challenge for one of those spots if the Bucs can’t keep Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette, or Giovani Bernard.
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