The Buccaneers should have a new starting running back if they really want to keep their run game on the path that we saw in the win over the Seahawks.
It is time for the changing of the guard with the Buccaneers and their struggling run game. What Leonard Fournette has been able to do over the past few years has been extremely helpful to the team, especially with the drop-off in success with Ronald Jones, but the time of Fournette being the guy in Tampa is over.
There are still areas where the LSU alum can step in to help the Bucs, but we are now officially moving into the Rachaad White show on the ground.
White may only have one start on his career so far, but what we saw in the win over the Seahawks tells us everything we need to know about where the run game projects to be under the rookie as the full-time starter.
Todd Bowles and Byron Leftwich decided to give White his most touches in a single game of the season on Sunday. The results did not disappoint.
White finished the game with 105 yards on the ground on 22 attempts (4.8 ypa) and could’ve bumped that number up and added a touchdown had he not made the smart decision to go down at the end of the game to chew the clock.
White did everything right in this game. The rookie showed the burst, vision, and patience to move behind an offensive line that has greatly struggled in running sets on the season. None of that mattered; Tampa’s run game looked as good as it did in Week 1 when they ran wild against the Cowboys.
If the Buccaneers were smart and really cared about their ground game, it is time to move on from Leonard Fournette as the top guy and move into the era of the new, young back. The results are speaking for themselves.
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