B.J. Askew: gimmie the rock
Okay, I'm kidding. Maybe he didn't quite say it like that. But the Bucs fullback did make a case on Wednesday to get a few carries.
He told me a pretty interesting story about his days with the Jets. Said when coach Eric Mangini started last season, the coach wanted to get a feel for what sort of speed he had on his team. Askew felt like he made a statement.
"I thought for sure last year I would get a chance to run," Askew said. "Before we went into the season, Mangini had everybody timed in the 40. I ran a 4.4. And I had to fastest 10-yard time on the team. I still have my speed and everything. I was 235 (pounds) then. I'm 235 now. I'm ready to carry a load. I'm hoping."
With Zack Crockett now on board, maybe that'll be possible. Crockett has played a lot of fullback and could serve in that capacity if and when the Bucs use Askew as a tailback. And remember, Askew was recruited to Michigan as a tailback. He only switched to fullback because coaches wanted to get him on the field as soon as possible. Unfortunately for him, he was pretty good at it, and the rest is history.
I asked Gruden about the possibility of Askew having a few carries, and he said he is open to the idea. We'll see whether it actually happens. I'd be curious to see what he could do, truth be told. He's a pretty good athlete.
Guess we'll see soon enough.