Buccaneers QB Tom Brady on Having Multiple RBs in the Rotation
The Buccaneers had media availability yesterday for Todd Bowles, Byron Leftwich, Shaquil Barrett, Tom Brady, and Mike Evans. Below is what Brady had to say about having multiple RBs in the rotation:
“I think the more depth you have at all positions – you can’t strain any one position too much. You’re going to have situations over the course of the year where guys get worn down or guys tweak something and they’re not in there as much. Guys are going to have to fill a role and they’re going to have to do it well. Having depth at these positions that are so important to our offense – everyone is going to play a critical role. We’re really deep at receiver [then] all of a sudden, Chris [Godwin] doesn’t play, Mike [Evans] is out for a play, J-Wat (Justin Watson) gets banged up in the game – next thing you know it’s like, ‘All right, what happened to the depth?’ It just goes quickly. That’s just part of football. Every team is dealing with it. Denver [has] injuries – they’ve got to adjust. We’ve got injuries – we’ve got to adjust. It’s a contact sport. Everyone is not going to be there every single day [or] every game – it’s just not the reality. You’ve got to work with everybody [and] you’ve got to have enough communication with everybody. Everybody plays a vital role and I think when you can gain confidence in the players – they may think they’re in a backup role, but once the game starts, they’re in a featured role – those guys have to take advantage of those opportunities. That’s how I got my start. I look at it like, no one ever thought of me in 2001. I thought I was third-string quarterback going into training camp. Two weeks into the year, I’m the starting quarterback. You’ve got to take advantage of your opportunity because you don’t know when you’re going to get it. I try to stress that to the young players. Every day in practice you’ve got a chance to make an impression on a player [or] on coach and build trust in your teammates, so that when you get the opportunity, you go and take advantage of it and you never look back.”
Tom Brady was a sixth round pick coming out of Michigan in 2000. He was behind QB Drew Bledsoe in New England. Brady took advantage of his opportunity when Bledsoe got injured and here we are 20 years later and he’s still going strong with six Super Bowls. With Ronald Jones II, Leonard Fournette, and LeSean McCoy at RB, there’s a lot of play-making ability and we saw it from Fournette against the Panthers. Injuries and different circumstances happen so players have to be ready when their name is called.
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