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Peyton Barber leading the way at running back Just about
December 03, 2018 02:20AM
everyone expects rookie Ronald Jones to be the lead back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at some point. Peyton Barber is out to make sure the point when it happens is further away than most predict.It’s pre-season Week 1 , so it’s important we don’t get too riled up about anything good or bad. But, I’ve been a fan of Barber since he was in Auburn and was incredibly excited when he landed in Tampa Bay.Granted, I wasn’t quite sure what he’d turn in to, just like everyone else.In 2016 he was an undrafted free-agent trying to make enough money to give his family a better life.Two seasons later, he’s the primary running back on an NFL team trying to get his team back on track after a disappointing season followed a promising one.Some might say he fell into the starting job. After all, it was Doug Martin’s job to lose until his personal demons got the better of him, right?Well, I say Barber’s ascension to the top of the Buccaneers depth charts is a combination of opportunity and preparedness.So when Martin’s career demise in Tampa Bay came to fruition, it was Barber who took the lead role. Not Charles Sims, who not long ago was splitting time with Martin as the two formed one of the most effective duos in the NFL. Not him.Also, not Jacquizz Rodgers, who came in as a veteran with experience under coach Koetter and even started in place of Martin with fairly good results at one point since joining the team. Not him.It was Barber. And in his first pre-season start in the first season he’s coming in as his team’s first running back, he carried the ball four times for 21-yards and a touchdown.He also caught two passes.A good sign of his coaches trying to find ways to get him involved considering he has been viewed as sort of a one-dimensional back. Those catches went for negative yardage, so we aren’t there yet White Adam Humphries Jersey , but it’s improving.I didn’t call Barber the feature back for a reason. I don’t believe this team has one. Each has a role they’re better at than someone, and each can be used in ways unique to them. At halftime of the Buccaneers’ pre-season win over the Miami Dolphins, Barber communicated the same sentiment,“I think we have a very special backfield. I feel like everybody is special in their own way,” said Barber. “I feel like I can run in-between the tackles, I can catch, I can block. I feel like Ronald can do the same. I feel like we have a really special backfield.”One of the more exciting parts of this backfield is the fact we haven’t even seen all of it yet. Another undrafted rookie, Shaun Wilson, was inactive for Week 1.He’s been generating a lot of buzz around training camp, and has been since he arrived relatively unnoticed to the team’s rookie mini-camp earlier in the summer.Even when Wilson makes his competitive debut for the Buccaneers, we should still expect to see Barber being the primary back, even if he isn’t the feature back.Perhaps we’ll still see Jones overtake him. But if Barber keeps running the way he did in his first act of 2018 averaging more than five-yards per carry, the rookie may have more ground to make up than he expected.Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter happy with the progress of all three quarterbacks The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have only one preseason game left and the team is beginning to look forward to week one against New Orleans. For the most part, the team has performed well during the first three games. Of course Youth Vita Vea Jersey , at times the games get sloppy and it is noticeable that the second and third string players are on the field, but we only have to deal with one more of those games. One thing that has been consistent all preseason for Tampa Bay has been the play of their quarterbacks. Head coach Dirk Koetter commented on his quarterbacks today and is extremely pleased with all three guys.“Yeah, very well. I mean, it would be hard not to be the way all three of those guys are really doing a good job,” Koetter said. “I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that Fitz [Ryan Fitzpatrick] now has been through a whole cycle with us, Griff’s [Ryan Griffin] been here for three and of course, Jameis [Winston],” Koetter said.“And then [Quarterbacks Coach] Mike Bajakian does a really good job with them in the meeting room so that’s where your OTAs pay off, your classroom stuff pays off and those three guys have done a really nice job of carrying it to the field.”It is well documented that Winston will miss the first three games of the regular season and that Fitzpatrick will be the starting quarterback. However, based on his performance through three games, Buccaneer fans should be much more confident in Fitzpatrick then they were when the suspension was announced. Fitzpatrick has looked in-sync with his receivers and seems to have a very good understanding of the offense. It is his second year with the team so that is to be expected, but he does look much more comfortable this season then he did last. One of the biggest story lines through the first few weeks of the regular season will be if Ryan Fitzpatrick can keep the Buccaneers afloat until Winston returns. If the team can escape that three game stretch with at least one win, Fitz will have done his job.

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