The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered yet another soul-crushing loss, this time at the hands of the Cleveland Browns. However, there is one positive the Buccaneers can take away from the crushing overtime defeat.
Boy. That was just gut-wrenching for everyone involved. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered yet another defeat, this time taking an extra quarter of football to get there. The loss came against a perpetually hapless Cleveland Browns franchise, who are a game away from getting what they hope is finally their franchise quarterback. Granted, he is one with glaring off the field issues that many Buccaneers fans wanted, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Besides, that is a story for another day.
The story on this day, for the Bucs, though, is not to dwell on the plethora of problems the Bucs still have, all of contributed to the loss. In this little dirty, we are all about the silver lining playbook.
The first and only player of that playbook, is that Rachaad White looks like an absolute stud for the Buccaneers.
It’s pretty safe to say now that White looks to be the dude on the field that Bucs fans were praying for as a rookie running back since the days of Cadillac Williams. In Germany against the Seattle Seahawks, White got his first start, and showed a world wide audience. Just what he can do. Against the Browns, White got his second start, but the first without Fournette, being active, and continued to have a ball in his coming out party.
With White as the lead-back the entire offense looked to come to life, not just the running game. Things looked so promising in the beginning, before the wheels inevitably fell off the offense, because of course they did. That doesn’t take away from White’s brilliance though.
White finished the game with 64 yards on 14 carries, and caught all nine of his targets for 45 yards. While he didn’t find the end zone, Bucs fans should still be thrilled with what they saw out of the rookie back from Arizona State.
The Bucs may not have gotten the win, but the did appear to get their new RB1, or at the very least a legitimate two-headed monster out go the backfield with Late Season Lenny.
Playoff Lenny is still very much in play as well. Many may already be writing off the season as a whole, and that would be the case if the Buccaneers were playing in literally any other division ever. This division stinks on ice, which means the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be hosting a playoff game. With the emergence of Rachaad White, all bets are off by that point. Tom Brady should help too or course. Let’s just get another win first though.