Some teams in the NFL don’t have a quality running back on the roster. Some, for better or for worse, only have one running back that acts as the team's workhorse. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have three quality running backs on their roster.
Well, sort of.
Second-year running back Bobby Rainey ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Atlanta Falcons. Since joining the Bucs he’s averaged 5.47 yards per carry. But he’s only played two games with Tampa Bay thus far, and the only reason he’s on the roster is backup running back Mike James was lost for the season with a broken left ankle.
Prior to the rookie James injuring his ankle, he had some staggering success. In Week 9 in Seattle, against a pretty stout defense, James ran for 158 yards on 28 carries. On the season James averaged 4.92 yards per carry and started three games for the Bucs from Weeks 8 through 10.
But the only reason James was forced into a starting role is because second-year star Doug Martin was lost for the season with a torn labrum in his shoulder.