With Bucs' running game, maybe next week
For all the talk of the Bucs injecting additional players into the running game on Sunday, things didn’t go exactly according to plan for various reasons.
Yes backup running backs Kareem Huggins and LeGarrette Blount did see some action behind starter Cadillac Williams, Huggins getting one carry for 4 yards and Blount 4 carries for 3 yards.
But Williams, who coaches said needed to be spelled from time to time, got just 11 carries (exactly half of the team’s 22 attempts), making that help somewhat less necessary.
Another factor: The Bucs understandably don’t trust their young running backs in pass protection nearly as much as the Williams, a sixth-year veteran. That was particularly important on a day the Bengals brought all manner of pressure and the running backs were responsible for picking up a plethora of blitzes.
Williams, who entered the game averaging 2.5 yards per carry, finished with 33 yards on his 11 carries, a 3.0 average.