TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told ESPN’s Dan Graziano that the Bucs are leaning toward a committee approach at running back during Doug Martin‘s suspension the first three games of the season.
Here’s how the group of the running backs looks so far in training camp and how they can be utilized to fill the void left by Martin:
Rodgers is the Bucs’ most versatile back. If you were to name a starter for when Martin is out, it would be him. He is powerful between the tackles and can serve as a first and second-down back. He has also shown he can be a very good third-down back. They love his toughness and his vision.
“Quizz is no-nonsense, downhill,” said running backs coach Tim Spencer, who pointed out that Rodgers dropped six or seven pounds this offseason. “He’s gotten his weight down a good bit. He’s way quicker than he was last year, explosive.”
Rodgers has been getting a fairly significant amount of reps with the first-team offense so far in training camp. However, don’t expect to see him touch the ball 30 times like he did against the Carolina Panthers last season, even if he is very physically sturdy.
“Quizz is stout. He’s a rock,” Spencer said. “I can show you film where he blocks D-line guys. You’re just not gonna run that guy over. He’s a plug.”
An undrafted free agent last season, Barber wound up seeing action in 15 games last season, including a start. He finished with 223 yards on 55 rushes with a touchdown, averaging 4.1 yards per…
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