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Peyton Barber leading the way at running
liny195 Posted: Fri Dec 14 02:57:57 2018 Post | Quote in Reply  
  back Just about 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 [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-adam-humphries-jersey]White Adam Humphries Jersey[/url] , 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 [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-vita-vea-jersey]Youth Vita Vea Jersey[/url] , 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 [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-desean-jackson-jersey]White DeSean Jackson Jersey[/url] , 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 [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-bryan-anger-jersey]White Bryan Anger Jersey[/url] , 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.Grimes injury will lead to big opportunity for Buccaneer rookie corners. With Brent Grimes being officially ruled out Sunday, it should come as no surprise that the team will be stretched thin in the defensive backfield as they try to slow down Drew Brees and company. Grimes injury likely means the team will rely heavy on Carlton Davis outside along with the possibility of seeing M.J. Stewart get himself broken into the league as well with a nickel role. The likely other option - that will pain many to see - is Ryan Smith outside with Carlton Davis [url=http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-o.-j.-howard-jersey]Youth O. J. Howard Jersey[/url] , allowing the team to move Vernon Hargreaves III inside to nickel. Facing Drew Brees while down your top corner is never something a team hopes for going into week one. For the Buccaneers the timing of Grimes injury may not be the worst possible thing to happen. The team is already against the odds with Jameis Winston out and the defensive line is dealing with first round pick Vita Vea out as well. If there¡¯s a time for injury it¡¯s now, while the team is already down and battling. Grimes injury provides early opportunity and chances for a duo of young corners to get some meaningful playing time week one. Davis and Stewart will be in the game with the bullets flying against the top quarterback in the division in a hostile environment. If you¡¯re going to break in the new guys, might as well let them do it early and against the best. The team as stated above may and potential will throw Ryan Smith into the mix ahead of Stewart, it certainly would seem reasonable given the teams history and Smith¡¯s veteran presence regardless of how inconsistent his play has been. Should Smith start, Brees will likely look his way early and often. Davis and his size should be a good match-up to look at when he¡¯s lined up across from Michael Thomas. The early test is one of many that Davis and company will have to look forward too in a division filled with physical freaks at corner. The more comfortable Davis and Stewart can get with early work the better as the two should be the future along with Vernon Hargreaves III at corner for years to come if all things work out. The defensive side of the football team will be under fire all day from Brees. How much pressure the front four can create will play a huge factor in how effective the young bucks in the backfield will play. It will be tough without the teams best corner and Mike Smith will have to do his best to call the game accordingly. Will the new additions along the defensive line and defensive backfield off-set the loss of the teams top corner? Only time will tell. As always, Go Bucs!



 



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