Derrick Ward is still listed as the No. 2 running back in Tampa, but we’re wondering how long that ranking will last. After two underwhelming performances to start the preseason, his coach suggested maybe Ward didn’t show up in shape.
“When you get a bit older in this league, especially as a running back, you have to realize that you need to come into camp at a lighter weight, not heavier,” Bucs coach Raheem Morris said, per The Tampa Tribune. “I still have a lot of confidence in Derrick Ward that he’ll be ready and in shape to help us this season.”
Several pundits who observe the Bucs believe Ward has been passed up by Kareem Huggins as the primary backup to Cadillac Williams. Then again, is what Huggins has done so far as important as what he does next?
One way or anther, this competition will likely sort itself out over the next two weeks.
Commenting on one other position battle, Morris indicated WR Sammie Stroughter is first in line to replace the injured Maurice Stovall in the wide-open competition to start opposite rookie Mike Williams.