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Could more Derrick Ward mean more victories?

We brought you an update earlier this week on Bucs running back Derrick Ward (finally) talking about his difficulty coping with the team's and his personal performance last season.

Ward wasn't very impressive despite his lack of carries -- he averaged just 8.1 per game -- but you still have to wonder whether he could have been more effective with more regular use.

The thought seems to have crossed coach Raheem Morris' mind, too.

"Derrick’s a team guy, but you want to run the ball more – period," Morris said this week. "You always want to establish the run, and toward the end of the year we were able to do that a little bit more.

"When we started to win games, he did get the ball more. Of course, you feel like you should give it to him even more. If I can get him the ball more this season, that’s usually going to result in more wins and more happy faces around here."

Ward was a victim of Cadillac Williams' re-emergence and mild success, something that ate into Ward's opportunities. He rushed 114 times for 409 yards despite being one of the key additions in the '09 offseason. Still, it's more than fair to ask whether the Bucs could have made better use of Derrick Ward last season.

And it's a question that, apparently, the Bucs are asking of themselves.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:02pm]


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