Buccaneers rookie playing the part perfectly so far on team
By Rob Leeds
Rachaad White has a ways to go before he is the starting running back for the Buccaneers, but it’s hard not to pull for the kid.
Some guys just look the part as NFL players. Above every single other trait, the one that matters the most is an insatiable love for the sport. Buccaneers rookie running back Rachaad White is showing that he is willing to do anything and everything possible to become the player that he thinks he can become.
White started his Bucs career saying that he wanted to be the starting running back in Tampa before he even put on a jersey. The timing of the statement was impressive considering it came just after the draft, but looking at the rest of the room, one can see how bold of a statement that is.
Leonard Fournette is one of the best running backs in franchise history and emerged as a fringe top-ten do-it-all back in the NFL last season. Giovani Bernard is also one of the best pass-catchers in the league when healthy.
White knew all of this and made his comments either way. And the crazy thing is we are starting to believe that he has the juice to achieve what he says.
Statements aren’t everything. White is walking the walk with what he sees as himself as a player, and rookie minicamp is a great way for fans to see this.
From his infectious confidence to a report from Luke Easterling that he wanted to wear his helmet at the hotel at night while watching the NBA Playoffs, it is clear that White has the mental side of the equation down to be a great NFL player.
This love for the game matches perfectly with his athleticism and the opportunity to contribute on this roster.
White has the speed, athleticism, and quickness to play as the second back behind Fournette and compete with Bernard as one of the primary pass-catchers in year one.
The opportunities will be there to show just how much he actually loves the sport.
The rest of the offseason will do much to show how much Rachaad White projects to contribute in 2022, and we are very interested to see what else we hear about the player that is quickly becoming one of the easiest guys on the roster to root for.
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