The Buccaneers running back depth chart is one of great interest and debate this offseason. Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones appear to be the two front runners. After that, it’s basically a three man race.
Andre Ellington, Bruce Anderson, and Dare Ogunbowale. Ellington has been solid thus far in training camp, Anderson has shown flashes throughout training camp as well. That brings us to Dare Ogunbowale.
Arians with praise for RB Dare Ogunbowale: "Every practice has been good. Really, really impressing to be the (third-down) back and every-down back if he's needed to be."
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 3, 2019
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians chimed in on Ogunbowale, “Every practice has been good. Really, really impressing to be the (third down) back and every-down back if he’s needed to be”
Here are a few examples of Ogunbowale’s performance in training camp.
Video: Big hole up the middle for Dare Ogunbowale, and Jameis signals the touchdown … pic.twitter.com/nMq2SVRefh
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 30, 2019
Dare Ogunbowale finds a hole and hits it hard. He’s looking solid. pic.twitter.com/YkRgkykZ9k
— Bailey Adams (@BaileyJAdams22) August 3, 2019
Video: Goal-line work and Jameis Winston finds Dare Ogunbowale. pic.twitter.com/6Q9kriDujy
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 27, 2019
The Buccaneers have struggled mightily running the football in recent years. With Arians stating Barber will be used to pound opposing defenses and second-year running back Jones starting to show signs of why the Buccaneers drafted him in the second round last year, Ogunbowale showing versatility in his game is a huge benefit in his effort to make the final 53-man roster.
If training camp performance and high praise from Arians is any indication of which running back will earn that third spot on the depth chart then Ogunbowale seems to be the front runner.