Time for Buccaneers To No Longer Pass on the Run

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The Buccaneers and third-year running back Peyton Barber have agreed on the terms of a one-year contract, which will keep the former Auburn running back in Tampa Bay next season.  Originally an undrafted free agent, Barber became the starting tailback last season and finished with 871 yards and 5 touchdowns.  He also added 20 receptions for 92 yards and another score.

The Buccaneers had tendered the 3rd-year running back, but this seems a formality now that an agreement is in place and should be signed sometime in the next few days.

At 5’10” and 230 pounds, Peyton shows great power as he hits open holes with his upright running style and fearless drive. The Buccaneers still believe they can get 2018 2nd-round pick Ronald Jones on track. But Peyton’s strength running between the tackles is an asset Coach Arians believes can help get the running game in motion.

The Buccaneers also recently signed Andre Ellington, reuniting the RB and Coach Arians. Both were with the Arizona Cardinals and out of football in 2018.  Ellington was used in a run by committee backfield as appears to be the case here in Tampa Bay.  Andre was also used quite a bit in the passing game, and there’s potential for that here, too.

Should 2019 find the team getting Ronald Jones involved in the offense, utilizing the depth Andre Ellington brings, and allowing Peyton Barber to continue to grow, the Buccaneers may no longer be passing on the running game.

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