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Peyton Barber leading the way at Verfasst am: Beitrag 08:29 Do - Nov 08, 2018

running back Just about everyone expects rookie Ronald Jones to be the lead back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at some point. Peyton Barber is out to make sure the point when it happens is further away than most predict.It’s pre-season Week 1 http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/vernon-hargreaves-iii-jersey , so it’s important we don’t get too riled up about anything good or bad. But, I’ve been a fan of Barber since he was in Auburn and was incredibly excited when he landed in Tampa Bay.Granted, I wasn’t quite sure what he’d turn in to, just like everyone else.In 2016 he was an undrafted free-agent trying to make enough money to give his family a better life.Two seasons later, he’s the primary running back on an NFL team trying to get his team back on track after a disappointing season followed a promising one.Some might say he fell into the starting job. After all, it was Doug Martin’s job to lose until his personal demons got the better of him, right?Well, I say Barber’s ascension to the top of the Buccaneers depth charts is a combination of opportunity and preparedness.So when Martin’s career demise in Tampa Bay came to fruition, it was Barber who took the lead role. Not Charles Sims, who not long ago was splitting time with Martin as the two formed one of the most effective duos in the NFL. Not him.Also, not Jacquizz Rodgers, who came in as a veteran with experience under coach Koetter and even started in place of Martin with fairly good results at one point since joining the team. Not him.It was Barber. And in his first pre-season start in the first season he’s coming in as his team’s first running back, he carried the ball four times for 21-yards and a touchdown.He also caught two passes.A good sign of his coaches trying to find ways to get him involved considering he has been viewed as sort of a one-dimensional back. Those catches went for negative yardage Womens Gerald McCoy Jersey , so we aren’t there yet, but it’s improving.I didn’t call Barber the feature back for a reason. I don’t believe this team has one. Each has a role they’re better at than someone, and each can be used in ways unique to them. At halftime of the Buccaneers’ pre-season win over the Miami Dolphins, Barber communicated the same sentiment,“I think we have a very special backfield. I feel like everybody is special in their own way,” said Barber. “I feel like I can run in-between the tackles, I can catch, I can block. I feel like Ronald can do the same. I feel like we have a really special backfield.”One of the more exciting parts of this backfield is the fact we haven’t even seen all of it yet. Another undrafted rookie, Shaun Wilson, was inactive for Week 1.He’s been generating a lot of buzz around training camp, and has been since he arrived relatively unnoticed to the team’s rookie mini-camp earlier in the summer.Even when Wilson makes his competitive debut for the Buccaneers, we should still expect to see Barber being the primary back, even if he isn’t the feature back.Perhaps we’ll still see Jones overtake him. But if Barber keeps running the way he did in his first act of 2018 averaging more than five-yards per carry Womens Donovan Smith Jersey , the rookie may have more ground to make up than he expected. More than four months have passed for Stefon Diggs since his yes-that-really-happened touchdown reception for Minnesota on the desperate last play from scrimmage gave the Vikings a postseason victory for the ages over New Orleans.He still hears about the play a couple of times per week.As nice as the accolades can be, they won't win the Vikings any games this year."I'm kind of over it at this point. It's definitely a blessing, but we've got a brand new season to worry about, a lot of exciting things taking place right now, so I'm going to focus on that," Diggs said. "It's definitely an old smile right now."After a career-high eight touchdowns in 2017 while forming one of the NFL's best wide receiver duos with Adam Thielen, Diggs has entered the final year of his rookie contract, bound for a big raise.With Kirk Cousins now in place, he's working with his fourth primary starting quarterback in as many seasons in the league. John DeFilippo also represents his third offensive coordinator.Diggs is not one to be ruffled, though, not with the hurdles he has cleared over his career and the setbacks he's faced in life since his dad died 10 years ago."For me, it's just the same old building process, getting back going Womens Adam Humphries Jersey , getting the trust of your quarterback. That excites me, having a new challenge," said Diggs, who went to the Atlanta area with Thielen earlier this spring to hang out with and catch passes from Cousins.Those receiver-quarterback relationships are as important as any on the roster."As far as being our general and the guy that's going to lead us, I put 100 percent faith in him," Diggs said.Diggs is not the only integral Vikings player with an expiring deal, joining linebacker Anthony Barr and defensive end Danielle Hunter in the about-to-get-paid-a-lot club with no guarantee all three of them will fit under the salary cap.The price for Diggs has markedly increased since the "Minneapolis Miracle " game not only because of the clutch catch.Mike Evans (Tampa Bay), Sammy Watkins (Kansas City) and Jarvis Landry (Cleveland) have all signed new contracts since March with annual average values of more than $15 million. Diggs has been watching, naturally, with several public praises of his peers . Reading between the tweets? Diggs is clearly confident he'll be in their situation soon."I like to congratulate guys every chance I get," Diggs said. "So for my particular situation, I let my resume speak for itself. It'll figure itself out."If an extension doesn't get done in 2018 and he becomes a free agent, he could still sign with the Vikings Authentic Justin Evans Jersey , of course. Exploring the market doesn't sound like a goal of his, however."I love playing for the Vikings. I started here. I've had all my time here. I love my teammates. I love my staff. There's no place I'd rather be," he said.Barr was the only notable player missing on Wednesday from practice. Coach Mike Zimmer said Barr told him he wouldn't attend, but Zimmer didn't divulge a reason. Barr's absence could be driven by a form of soft protest about the lack of a new deal or self-preservation from injury. These organized team activities in late May and early June are not required. Only the minicamp in mid-June is contractually mandatory.One player whose presence was more pertinent than anyone's absence was kicker Kai Forbath, who was startled last month when the Vikings drafted Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson in the fifth round. Such moves rarely end well for the incumbent."I fortunately have never lost a competition, and I'm not shying away from this one just because they drafted him," Forbath said. "As long as I make my kicks, everything should take care of itself." Antworten mit Zitat

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