Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris spent part of the team’s bye week getting a longer look at reserve running backs LeGarrette Blount and Kareem Huggins, under the guise of getting the two youngsters more involved behind starter Cadillac Williams.
The Bucs rushing attack has struggled, Williams is averaging 2.5 yards per carry, and Morris is searching for a spark. With a reduced role on the horizon in Week 5, Williams said he understands the move.
“I think in ways it is good to get the young guys up to par,” Williams told PewterReport.com. “For down the stretch to get them in the game more. You know me, I’m here but basically just whatever.”
Williams uttered the words “it’s part of the business” while acknowledging he likely soon won’t be the team’s featured back, per Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times. Williams is caught in a tough place, and it’s difficult to straddle the line of being a team-first guy and wanting snaps. This reaction reflects as much.
“I mean you can tell where the team is heading,” Williams said. “It is not like they came to me. You can just tell how things are heading.”
How, and how much, Blount and Huggins will be involved remains a mystery, but Morris seems determined to get them on the field and hinted they could both be active against the Bengals.
– Frank Tadych