3 Bucs players with the most to prove in 2023

As the Bucs enter a new era in 2023, these players have the most pressure on them in the coming season
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Rachaad White, RB

The Bucs are banking on Rachaad White this coming season after parting ways with Leonard Fournette and handing last year's rookie the starting gig. The former Arizona State standout boasts a dual skill set as both a runner and pass catcher, and could wind up handling a full workload.

Behind him, there isn't a whole lot of talent. Veteran Chase Edmonds will serve as the backup, but some wonder just how much he has left after bouncing around over the last few seasons. This is White's job and White's job, only.

If the Bucs offense is going to do anything of merit in 2023, it will come first and foremost off the legs of White. Sure, the passing game has plenty of questions, specifically under center. But, it doesn't matter who the quarterback is if White doesn't break out like the Bucs are hoping.

Last year, White only averaged 3.7 yards per carry on 129 attempts (481 yards). The offensive line can be blamed, in part, along with White never really getting an opportunity to get a rhythm going for more than a game or two at a time. But, he's going to need to step up and prove he's worthy of the workload.

If the Bucs can get a 1,000-yard season out of White, that would be more than sufficient for the offense to be competent. And, if the offense is competent, chances are, this next guy is having some success, too.