Every season, players who we didn’t anticipate getting cut, end up getting cut. One of those could be Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Derrick Ward.
Ira Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune wrote on Tuesday that Ward has a lot of ground to make up in the competition behind starter Cadillac Williams. Ward isn’t quite buried at the bottom of the depth chart like Michael Clayton, but the feeling is that he’s been outplayed by and is now competing against Kareem Huggins.
“I don’t want to get too far ahead. (Huggins) showed great promise,” Coach Raheem Morris said, per The Tribune. “It’s what we’ve been seeing on practice squad. It’s what we’ve been seeing throughout this training camp and the offseason. I was glad to see that come to fruition for him and hope he continues that throughout the preseason and gives us that extra dimension we may need.”
Huggins had eight rushes for 55 yards, and two receptions for 16 yards, against the Dolphins.
The Bucs gave Ward a four-year, $17 million contract last offseason that included $6 million guaranteed in the first year. Coming off what has been called a pedestrian performance against the Dolphins, Ward has already predicted a “great” game against the Chiefs.
We’ll see just how much heat is really on Ward.