The offense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has sputtered out of the gate this season but has since picked up some steam as of late. The Buccaneers should get a rookie a little more involved to help the cause.
It’s still early in his career, but it looks like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have a future stud on their hands in rookie running back Rachaad White. The all-around back out of Arizona State could be a valuable asset to the Buccaneers for years to come, and it should start by getting him more involved in the offense as the season progresses.
Now before the nostalgic Bruce Arians “chuck and duck” crowd gets all bent out of shape, this is not saying the Bucs should run the ball more than they already are. It’s simply saying they should balance out the existing touches more between White and Leonard Fournette.
This also is not a knock on Fournette in any way. He is at his best late in the season and postseason, hence the nicknames “Late Season Lenny”, “Playoff Lenny”, and of course “Lombardi Lenny”. In order to maximize this, they should lighten the oft-injured veteran back’s load by giving White more touches.
White is absolutely more than capable as well. While he is known as a solid receiving back, he is also deceivingly sturdy. At six feet and 214 pounds, White is bigger than most backs in the NFL but runs and receives with a quickness similar to a back smaller than him. He’s also a very capable goal line runner, as evidenced by his touchdown plunge against the Kansas City Chiefs. White has been flashing what he’s capable of all season, and has only looked better each week, so why not let the tiger out of the cage?
With White’s size to go along with his skill set, it’s easy to see why the Buccaneers drafted him. He has the size to withstand the punishment that will come along with a back of his talents. He also fits into this offense like a glove.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers getting Rachaad White more involved in the offense can only benefit both the team and the maturation of the rookie as a player going forward.