The Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks like they have lost another young talent at running back for the season. Rookie Mike James left Monday night’s game after suffering a broken ankle on a goal line carry.
The Bucs offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage against a tough Dolphins run defense. James’s departure didn’t seem to faze the run game.
Running back Brian Leonard seemed to initially take over the role of primary back for the Bucs. He played well behind an offensive line that had their way with the Dolphins front four, rushing for 57 yards on 20 carries, but lacked acceleration and speed.
Bobby Rainey seemed to steal the spotlight as the game progressed. He showed burst and big play ability, rushing for 45 yards on just 8 carries with a pivotal game winning touchdown run.
The Bucs continue to feature a run heavy offense to protect their rookie quarterback. This will help both Leonard and Rainey be valuable free agent adds. Leonard may initially have a larger role but Rainey is clearly the back with greater upside. Rainey should eventually find his way into a bigger role in the Bucs offense.