Both briefly possessed the kickoff return job, and that very thing could help them keep a foot in the roster door in 2019. "He does some funky things with his hands. Other Running Backs in Tampa Bay Dare Ogunbowale, who has just 11 carries in 2019, is a pass-catching specialist and it may seem like the signing of LeSean McCoy … MORE: Where Arians ranks among NFL coaches. Before his one year with the Rams last season, Suh had almost never played nose guard, but he did well in that role for LA. Chris Godwin likely will record much more than the 59 catches he made last season, as he will spend more time working from the slot in addition to his outside duties. The Bucs also will need rookie Terry Beckner and Jeremiah Ledbetter to provide quality depth. Bruce Arians and his staff aided General Manager Jason Licht in the sort of roster reshaping one would expect from a team with a new coach, but the more sweeping changes have come on the defensive side of the ball. Some even have him ranked as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for 2019. The Buccaneers brought in some running backs with knowledge of Arians' offense and some past NFL success, but they didn't otherwise use free agency or the draft to add a major piece to the backfield. "The tape really makes me have no worries when I watch Peyton play, to be honest with you," said Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich. "Guys like RoJo haven't had a lot of real opportunities. The New York Giants are well-established at the running back position, but there could be a small shuffling behind Saquon Barkley. Click to show. Somewhere along the line I learned a game to help with hand placement, that he can start to build the muscle memory of how to place your hands.". Winston, now equipped with an aggressive scheme and still armed with big-time deep targets (namely Evans), has no more excuses. That's why Tampa Bay signed Andre Ellington and Kerwynn Williams, both of whom played for Arians in Arizona, in free agency. "The tape says a lot of good stuff. The Buccaneers desperately needed to improve their pass rush. The backs who show the best ability in that regard will get the most playing time. Other Running Backs in Tampa Bay The Bucs currently have three other running backs on the roster. The big change in the backfield came last year, when the team moved on from Doug Martin and, two months later, drafted USC's Ronald Jones early in the second round. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been busy stacking their offensive backfield for the 2019 season. With only Doug Martin and Jalen Richard to compete with for snaps, Jacobs should have an impactful rookie season. "Four or more, used to be [our] thing," said Running Backs Coach Todd McNair, remembering his days as a running back in Kansas City, with Arians as his position coach. 24. The two newcomers are new to Tampa but not Arians. Expected W-L: 8.2-7.8. Barber was the Bucs' starter and leading rusher in 2018, gaining 871 yards and scoring five times but averaging 3.7 yards per carry. The Buccaneers' new coaches clearly believe in Peyton Barber as a running back who can grind out an efficient rushing attack, finding the lane quickly, hitting it hard and usually pushing forward for extra yardage after contact. Get a complete list of current starters and backup players from your favorite team and league on CBSSports.com. McNair got to Kansas City and immediately racked up 34 receptions for 372 yards as a rookie, followed by four more seasons in which he surpassed 35 catches. Even with Humphries and Jackson gone, you'll have a hard time finding a better group of wide receivers at the top of an NFL depth chart, save for the Rams' unit in Los Angeles. The depth chart for the entire line will be in flux through training camp, as the Buccaneers have a handful of players who can play in swing backup roles at both guard and tackle. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Career Rushing Leaders. The Buccaneers like what Peyton Barber can give them in short-yardage situations, and they are still hoping 2018 second-round pick Ronald Jones can develop into the playmaker he was at USC. He sees it as well, he makes the right cuts, so I'm perfectly fine with having Peyton in.". 2019 New York Giants training camp preview: Running backs … The Buccaneers placed specialists Ryan Succop, Bradley Pinion and Zach Triner on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, which was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. Tampa Bay can't depend on Jason Pierre-Paul, who might not return from his neck injury until December, so William Gholston and Beau Allen will have to play big roles on the defensive line. A new deal for left tackle Donovan Smith and their picking up the option on right tackle Demar Dotson's contract, though, were tougher calls, as neither starting tackle was graded well by PFF last season despite their durability. Tampa Bay signed Blaine Gabbert, who has experience in Arians' offense, to help the starter along mentally. Either Jordan Whitehead or Kentrell Brice will be listed as the starting free safety, but expect that position to be fluid. Evans is the established stud for the "X" position. The nickel corner spot is up in the air; M.J. Stewart, who will be in more of a hybrid position this year, played a lot in that role last season, and Arians likes what he has seen from Ryan Smith. The Buccaneers' running backs, in particular, combined to post 3.5 yards per carry. (Which, to be fair, we could say for anybody, but both tight ends have a recent history of dings.) Key Question: Can Ronald Jones be the one to provide those aforementioned big plays? On Monday we examined the quarterbacks. While Winston's prove-it season is the biggest storyline in Tampa Bay for 2019, it's only one of many for a team introducing a handful of new players and some scheme changes. Enter new feature players in Ndamukong Suh, Devin White, Deone Bucannon, Breshad Perriman and Andre Ellington, players hand-picked by Arians and Bowles to fit the schemes they want to implement. Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He never had more than 19 catches in a season and finished with a four-year total of 45. It’s very simple. Behind that promising trio is sixth-round pick Scotty Miller, who is built like an ideal slot receiver and will be the favorite to start from that position when Godwin lines up outside. Tampa Bay's offenses didn't average more than 100 running back targets in the same span. That would be Jacquizz Rodgers, who played 368 snaps on offense in 2018 to 90 for Jones. And this tier gets even uglier with Peterson and Lewis really coming to the end of the line for their days as fantasy running backs. Their third-down work could get even better with shorter attempts; the Buccaneers were 31st in rushing average on first down and 32nd on second down. Still, it's clear that the Bucs are banking on getting more out of the Barber-Jones duo. Sep 29, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) stiff arms Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) on a third quarter running play at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. "What I notice with him, I think the biggest thing with him is hand placement," said McNair. Tampa Bay's offense was very good at converting third downs in 2018, ranking third in the league with a 46.0% success rate. Both Andre Ellington and Kerwynn Williams last saw regular-season action under Arians with the Cardinals in 2017. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the 2019 season with largely the same group of running backs they had in 2018, but they are expecting to wring far better results from that crew. An image from the Dec. 21, 2019 regular season away game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs also didn't stack up many wins, and as a result a coaching change followed the end of the 2018 season. The other is Arians' history of limited tight end usage in terms of receiving. Backups Kevin Minter and Deone Bucannon, the latter a linebacker/safety hybrid, are no slouches, either. That means that if they hope to find a homerun hitter in that group their best bet will be helping Ronald Jones have a breakout second season. Suh won't need to play nose as often in Tampa because the Bucs have Vea, who when healthy last season was one of the NFL's most effective interior pass-rushers. Below is a breakdown of the Buccaneers' depth chart projection for 2019. Behind them, Tampa Bay needs Noah Spence to step up his pass-rushing game. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams. ESPN Fantasy Projection: Barber signed with Washington following four seasons in Tampa Bay. Michelle Watson The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. Jones is a fluid athlete, however, and McNair thinks he can help the young back improve significantly in that part of the game by focusing on his hands. Jones did not find a role in the Bucs' 2018 offense to start the season and when he did get his opportunities they were relatively brief and rarely productive. Yes, Winston still has a chance to earn a lucrative, long-term contract extension in Tampa Bay, as SN contributor and former NFL team executive Jeff Diamond recently explained. The Buccaneers are set with their starting outside corners in Hargreaves and Carlton Davis. ", The bad news, also via PFF: "Among the 34 qualifying quarterbacks since 2015, Winston ranks 30th in adjusted completion percentage from his deep attempts, 29th in big-time throw rate, 18th in turnover-worthy play rate, 29th in positively graded play rate and 28th in negatively graded play rate.". By Bailey Adams @BaileyJAdams22 Jul 8, … Obviously, Jones would eat up some of those available reps if he does indeed come on strong in his second year, but there is still room for another back or two in the mix. "So the biggest thing with him is restoring his confidence. MORE: The NFL's most indispensable defenders. Jones had 23 rushes for 44 yards last year. High-volume running backs are harder and harder to find. It’s no secret that an Arians offense is a boon for the passing game, but few fantasy football owners are aware of the kind of production that running backs typically produce in his systems. It includes every starting running back from throughout Tampa Bay Buccaneers history, including current running backs and past ones. The middle of the second level, though, should provide more pass-rushing help this season with the addition of White. Arians' "no risk it, no biscuit" approach means the Bucs will likely throw the ball downfield more often in 2019 and those plays have a better chance of success if good play fakes are pulling the safeties forward toward the line of scrimmage. Wilson got into five games before landing on injured reserve; Ogunbowale played in two later-season contests. So the Buccaneers' running backs will not only need to be more involved as receivers, but they also might be asked to line up in the slot or even out wide at times. (Detroit Lions via AP). Record: 7-9-0, 2nd in NFC South Division (Schedule and Results) Coach: Bruce Arians (7-9-0) Points For: 458 (28.6/g) 3rd of 32. We know the top four running backs this fantasy season, but here are 11 different tiers for all the running backs you need to know about. According to Pro Football Focus, "since coming into the league in 2015, Winston has maintained the highest average depth of target at 10.8 yards downfield. Williams had a nice 4.5-yard per-carry average and had a stint as the primary ballcarrier for about a third of the season in 2017. He is a smart runner with good balance. And, indeed, McNair says his work with Jones on catching the ball is already paying off, with the second-year back dropping a couple passes at the beginning of Phase 2 of the offseason program (when coaches can start working with players on the field) but none in recent weeks. He's a phone booth guy, knows how to make guys miss, drop his shoulder. Three running backs who could give Tampa Bay teams fits. That wasn't because the Bucs were particularly good at creating shorter third downs, however; rather, the passing attack was just very adept at mid-range passing. 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers depth chart for all positions. The Yahoo Fantasy Football crew delivers its list of breakout running backs for 2019, which includes three rookies. They are hopeful that Jones can hit the home runs to complement Barber, and that's obviously less of a sure thing. The Buccaneers would obviously like more big plays in their rushing attack but the first order of business is to get it back to an every-down reliability. It’s all about his contract. "Obviously here in the past, from what I've been told, the running game hasn't been that great," said Run Game Coordinator Harold Goodwin. ", Arians' history of success working with quarterbacks obviously plays to Winston's advantage, as does the coach's reputation style-wise — "no risk it, no biscuit." Regardless of how playing time is distributed, one thing is certain: These corners will be asked to play a lot of press man coverage, a staple of Bowles' defense. Carl Nassib is projected to start opposite Barrett, but Nelson could steal some reps on the edge from either starter. Tampa Bay's secondary has been overhauled out of necessity after its dreadful 2018 season. But his fate depends on his play this season working with the man whose book is literally titled, "The Quarterback Whisperer. If the Buccaneers can approve on that down-to-down consistency and find a greater number of big plays in the ground game it will be an enormous improvement from last year. Now we'll move on to their offensive backfield mates: Running Backs. All-time Rushing Leader: James Wilder 1,575 att, 5,957 yds, 37 TD . The Buccaneers produced the most yards in the league through the air but weren't able to complement that with a strong rushing attack. In 2002, the first year the league expanded to 32 teams, the No. Peyton Barber is first on the depth chart right now with second-year running back Ronald Jones behind him. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/39/f7/jameis-winston-060419-getty-ftrjpg_p0r50hafw2o61jcvixyekww7b.jpg?t=592055403&w=500&quality=80, Why Howard might be league's best TE soon. Signing Andre Ellington and re-signing Peyton Barber … May not be the fastest guy, but he's a runner with the football and it's more important that when you turn around to hand that football up, you're giving it to a runner, not a specific fast guy. Notable 2018 Numbers: Tampa Bay's average of 95.2 rushing yards per game was fourth-worst in the NFL in 2018, but of a greater concern was the 3.92 yards per carry that put the Bucs second-to-last. They are fast. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the 2019 season with largely the same group of running backs they had in 2018, but they are expecting to wring far better results from that crew. Right guard is open for competition, but the favorite to earn the starting job is Earl Watford, who played for Arians in Arizona, assuming Tampa wants him to play guard and not tackle. When you're averaging four yards a carry your offense is efficient. He and center Ryan Jensen, fresh off contract extensions, return as the rocks of the offensive line. I like what Peyton brings.". Here’s why Gurley makes the list. As of Wednesday morning, that competition consisted of two young, returning players and two more seasoned veterans who previously worked with Arians in Arizona. Byron Leftwich is also on hand as a coordinator to help Arians coach an offense known to push the ball downfield and feature multiple looks. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports . Only two things can stop Howard and Cameron Brate from being the NFL's best tight end duo in 2019. Little over a week away from the start of training camp, we take a look at the Green Bay Packers running backs for the 2019 season. McNair would seem to be a good mentor in this regard. The Buccaneers' defense had six sacks against the Vikings in Week 14 and Barrett accounted for two of them. Fantasy Football Rankings 2019: Running Backs 25. Ellington had the most robust receiving numbers of the two and should get a crack at competing for the third-down job. "We have to improve that. He is thrust into a great situation, with playmakers all over the field in Oakland. Find your four and more will come.". Gone from Tampa are familiar names like Gerald McCoy, Kwon Alexander, Adam Humphries, DeSean Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. He finished with just 23 carries for 44 yards, plus seven receptions for 33 yards. The Bucs averaged 7.7 net yards per pass attempt, second-best in the NFL. The two returners are Dare Ogunbowale and Shaun Wilson, a pair of former undrafted free agents who got their first taste of NFL regular-season action last year, albeit a relatively limited dose. Tampa Bay's running backs combined to record five carries of 20 or more yards in 2018, the lowest total for any team in the NFL. As such, we are taking a position-by-position look to see how things have changed and where the Bucs stand at each corner of the depth chart heading into the new season. Previous Season Next Season. The extensions for Marpet and Jensen were easy decisions for the Bucs. "RoJo had 23 carries on the season and 13 of those he got hit at or behind the line of scrimmage," said McNair. The best position for Suh, who is replacing McCoy, is a three-technique, where he presumably will play when the Bucs deploy a four-man front. He would work his way into the line up and rotate with the other backs Tampa has. Either new coach Bruce Arians' methods will push quarterback Jameis Winston to new heights, and the 25-year-old passer will earn a long-term contract in Tampa Bay as a result, or the mistake-prone nature of Winston's play will be amplified, ending his tenure with the team that drafted him first overall five years ago. Though he may not be a true number one running back he does have some potential to become one. "Just find four yards. Tampa also drafted corners in Sean Bunting and Jamel Dean. Weber is an option to consider for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For him it's working on his approach, learning how to be a pro.". Weber may be a good pick up in the fourth round if not late third. Over the last three seasons, Brady averaged 166 targets to running backs. Those roster changes are mostly complete now that the draft is in the past and free agency is in its latter stages. Defensive Coordinator: Todd Bowles. Marpet, the left guard, might be the best player on the team. His confidence can wane a bit. Arians, though, doesn't seem to be banking on the latter. The Bucs would like to get that average up in 2019 but do like Barber's consistency, power and effort. Without the running game I don't think you can do much in the passing game because we've got to set up the play-action pass just by being able to run it.". Once we start getting him to the second level clean… A guy comes out of college, USC's a high-profile program, second-round draft pick and he doesn't have a lot of success, I've seen that happen before. Then check out this list of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running backs with photos and seasons as starters. And Winston is not afraid to use his big arm the way Arians will require. That’s not what any team wants from a running back selected in the second round. And we trust Bowles to play to their strengths in an aggressive scheme that will benefit from more pressure generated by the front seven. by Todd Vandenberg 1 year ago Follow @theUnrealTodd. 2020 Buccaneers Position Preview: Running Backs Our 2020 Position Preview series rolls on today with a look at Tampa Bay’s backfield. Jacobs is the sole rookie in my top 25. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders. Dare Ogunbowale, who has just 11 carries in 2019… That will allow Arians, who again likes to move around players for different looks, to line up Howard and/or Brate in various positions. Bowles, who loves to bring pressure from the second and third levels, will help that cause. After the first couple weeks of training camp and preseason-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, we are starting to see a clearer picture of what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 53-man depth chart will look like come Week 1 of the regular season. Featuring 2018-2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and some of the greatest NFL running backs of all time, the best Buccaneers RBs include Cadillac Williams, … Unfortunately, Jones didn't find a lot of space in the early going and that may have slowed down his NFL momentum. The rookie from LSU is a freak athlete who not only will cover a ton of ground laterally and in coverage, but will also be an asset rushing the passer. Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. Again, the Buccaneers are returning that hopeful 1-2 combo of Barber and Jones but the man who actually spelled Barber most often has moved on. At Week 2 of the preseason, predicting what will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers depth chart look like for the offense when the 2019 season kicks off. Suh, 32, proved his versatility last year even though his new starting position, 3-4 defensive end, might be his weakest spot. An early look at the Seahawks 2019 running backs. What's in this article? If all goes as planned, there won't be much change at this position. The only sure thing for Tampa Bay in its last line of defense is Justin Evans, who returns as a solid strong safety. I know around the league that group may not be looked highly at around the league, but I like where we are at, to be honest with you. The Bucs drafted Jones a year ago after he averaged 6.1 yards per carry over three seasons at USC, scored 42 touchdowns and racked up more than 1,700 yards from scrimmage in 13 games as a junior. He played under Arians at Temple in the late '80s and posted modest pass-catching numbers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have high expectations coming into the 2020 season. With a new-look depth chart and a fresh approach from an overhauled coaching staff, one of two things will happen for the Buccaneers in 2019. Tampa Bay ranked 29th in rushing, averaging just 95.2 yards per game. Consider Arians’ running back resume, dating back to his years in Pittsburgh: There will likely be a few tweaks to that roster between now and training camp, but the group the Bucs will take into that camp is mostly now set. One thing is certain: For better or worse, the Buccaneers are a team worth watching in 2019. Howard, Ali Marpet, Lavonte David, Vita Vea and Vernon Hargreaves — who have been supplemented via free agency and the NFL Draft. The Rams basically have an out after 2020. The Bucs fought off the Vikings' attempt to replace them as the NFC's sixth seed and now have a two-game edge over the teams just outside the conference playoff picture. Tampa Bay is sitting Fournette on Sunday in favor of rookie running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn. And indeed, there doesn't seem to be much question that Barber, who has improved every season, can be a workhorse back. And they are durable. Arians has taken several opportunities to praise Barber and Licht has said he expects much bigger things from Jones in his second year after a washout of a rookie campaign. The 2019 season was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 44th in the National Football League, their 22nd playing their home games at Raymond James Stadium and their first under head coach Bruce Arians.Despite improving on their 5–11 record from 2018 with a Week 14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, the Buccaneers missed the playoffs for the twelfth consecutive season, which meant the … He and David have the potential to form one of the NFL's best inside linebacking duos. © TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. Detroit Lions running back Wes Hills (36) runs for a touchdown during a NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 in Detroit. Yes, the Buccaneers are transitioning to a 3-4 base defense, but Bowles has said his defense will be multiple — as it should be — and still feature four-man fronts when necessary. Arians likes to feature multiple looks on offense. The Buccaneers have several hybrid types in Bucannon, Stewart and rookie Mike Edwards who can play in either nickel/safety roles or linebacker/safety roles. August 6, 2019, 7:59 AM Fantasy Sleepers at Running Back: Two rookies among possible 2019 draft steals “Sleeper” is a complicated and often misused word in fantasy. Arians hired Todd Bowles to be his defensive coordinator, and the former Jets head coach brings with him a new base 3-4 defense. One is injury. And he no longer has to look over his shoulder at Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is now in Miami. Seasons: 45 (1976 to 2020) Record (W-L-T): 274-429-1 Playoff Record: 6-9 Super Bowls Won: 1 (1 Appearance) Championships Won *: 1 . He didn't have enormous pass-catching numbers for the Trojans, with 32 catches over three years, but he averaged 13.4 yards per grab as a junior and the Bucs believed he could break some long ones if he got the ball out in space. Addition(s): Andre Ellington (free agent), Kerwynn Williams (free agent), Subtraction(s): Jacquizz Rodgers (unrestricted free agent, not re-signed), Returning Players: Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones, Dare Ogunbowale* , Shaun Wilson*, (* Ogunbowale was on the practice squad and Wilson was on injured reserve at the end of the 2018 season.). That's a big reason why the Bucs targeted Bunting and Dean in the draft, and it's somewhat of a specialty for Hargreaves. Though they finished last in the NFC South last season with a record of 5-11, they field a handful of returning Pro Bowl-caliber players — think Mike Evans, O.J. 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