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Graham and Ward could split work in Tampa
Posted Aug. 12 at 12:04 AM
The Bucs didn't only sign a New York Giants' running back (Derrick Ward) this past offseason -- it sounds like they're hoping to model their offense after New York's.
It's not surprising that any team would want to emulate a running attack that features a pair of 1,000-yard rushers, but to hear new coach Raheem Morris talk, it sounds as if the Bucs will use Ward and Earnest Graham fairly evenly, with the hot hand getting most of the opportunities.
"You have to use the Giant format if you’re going to do anything," said Morris. "That was a perfect format, and gave you two 1000-yard rushers and a 500-yard rusher. But it’s all going to depend; sometimes you get a running back that gets into the game and gets hot. You put Earnest Graham out there and he starts rolling, you keep him out there and let him roll. It happens how it happens."
Ward is the more talented back, plus he's making considerably more money than Graham, so he'll probably end up with a larger role in the offense. Still, it sounds like Graham deserves a little more attention in fantasy drafts than he's been receiving thus far.
A lengthy interview with Morris can be seen right here.
Posted by David Barenborg | Aug. 13 at 03:23 AM
if this is the case, why do you still have Ward so high on your board?
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