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Canales: Rachaad White a "three-down back"

By Jared Smola | Updated on Sun, 23 Jul 2023, 6:44 AM EDT
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Bucs RB Rachaad White got the "three-down back" label from OC Dave Canales. “I think the one thing that I’ve seen from him first-hand is just how versatile he is,” Canales said on a recent podcast appearance. “He’s got smooth hands. He’s got great vision and pace, patience in the hole, and then he’s got like he’s got some really cool hidden power. ... So I’m really excited to see like how we can utilize him in different ways, getting him the ball in space different ways. He’s exciting. Rachaad’s really exciting to think about how to use and see what kind of back we could have. He’s a three-down back." White underwhelmed as a runner last year, averaging 3.7 yards per carry and ranking outside the top 40 RBs in Pro Football Focus rushing grade, Elusive Rating, and NFL Next Gen Stats' Rush Yards Over Expected Per Attempt. But he caught 50 passes -- the 10th most by a rookie RB over last 10 seasons -- and ranked 13th among 43 qualifying RBs in PFF receiving grade. Most importantly, the Bucs didn't add any legitimate competition to the backfield this offseason, giving White the opportunity to see a bunch of volume this year. He makes a lot of sense at his current sixth-round ADP.

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