It was an overall solid performance by the Buccaneers running back corps and Peyton Barber highlighted that unit. He ran with the first team in the few minutes the starters were on the field averaging 5.3 yards per carry and ran in for a touchdown as well to start off the game. With that performance, the third-year pro could very well lock up the starting role for Week 1 against the Saints.
In the past Koetter has used running backs by committee more or less, but Barber should receive the bulk of the carries if he keeps it up. Even though it is fully expected for Ronald Jones II to become the team’s starter at some point early on in the season, the starting role should be in good hands and the pressure off Jones until any rookie jitters are worked out of his system.