Rachaad White: ‘Give Me Two Hundred Carries In A Season’
Second-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White isn’t threatened by any potential incoming competition for his position.
Rachaad White had 129 carries for 481 yards and a touchdown in 17 appearances in 2022. He rounded his rookie season off nicely with eight starts towards the end of the season.
With so many holes in both Tampa’s offense and defense, anyone’s spot could be subject to churn. RB Leonard Fournette is due to depart, and NFL Scouting Combine standout Bijan Robinson has been mooted as a replacement in the draft.
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“I don’t have no problem with Bijan,” Rachaad White said. “The thing is, at the end of the day, what I have learned even though I’m young — [from] my agent and what people in my circle taught me — it’s a business, we all know that. Tampa Bay has to do what’s best for Tampa Bay. My coaches have to do what’s best for my coaches.
“Everybody has a little selfishness in them — you have to. Me, I’m selfless. You can draft Bijan, you can draft whoever, at the end of the day, I’m going to win that job, that’s just what I’ve always done.”
“That’s what I always did with my track record, no matter what. No problem with Bijan or whoever Tampa drafts. Obviously you have to draft a guy, it’s the league. I don’t have any problem with that, the only problem I have is people saying, ‘We don’t know if he can be Kenneth Walker — if he could be a budding star.’ Kenneth and I are like close friends in real life, we talk a lot.
“I’m just saying if you give me 200 carries in a season — if you give me the opportunity and I don’t make anything out of it, then you can say we don’t know if he can be a budding star.”