The first half wasn’t all that much for the Buccaneers on the ground, but we are starting to see some flashes from rookie Rachaad White.
Anyone who has been watching the Buccaneers for the last few years can tell you one of the biggest issues with the run game; vision from the starting running back.
There is a mountain that Leonard Fournette does well, especially when there are clear lanes and against defenses that are terrified of the pass, but messy lanes have a way of trapping Fournette at or behind the line of scrimmage.
Vision keeps Fournette from being one of the elites backs in the NFL, and that is part of the reason why other players like Ronald Jones and Rachaad White have stood out over the past few years.
There were flaws with Jones’ game, but White looks like a bonafide starter when its all said and done. While his reps have been limited so far on the season, White has the burst and the hands to be on par with Fournette as a player in year one, and that isn’t even mentioning the fact that he has better eyes than the starter.
This is great news for the Buccaneers, especially when we look and see how often the backs have to make reads about where to run, but it might be worse for Fournette as the season goes on.
None of us would expect much to change with the depth chart as of right now, but it would be very interesting to see what White would do with Fournette’s volume of carries. Perhaps we will get to see that this season, especially if both guys keep playing at their current rates.
One way or another, Rachaad White doesn’t seem too far off from getting some starting reps for the Buccaneers.
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