But if you were to nag about one aspect it has to be the production of the halfbacks. In the first two weeks, Cadillac Williams has 49 carries for just 126 yards (2.6 avg.). Meanwhile, Earnest Graham has struggled even more when he gotten the ball and has 11 yards on nine carries (1.2 avg.). If not for the scrambling of Freeman, who has 77 rushing yards through the first two games, the running game would be ranked near the bottom of the NFL.
With the bye week fast approaching in Week 4, offensive coordinator Greg Olson expects to use that time to get some of his new running backs more involved in the gameplan.
"It's important for everybody. I think it comes at a good time for us," said Olson. "It will be a good time for us to get guys healthy, but also for those players that we got late – the Lumpkins and the Blounts. We got some guys on the offensive line that we brought it in as well that we will try and get up to speed so it comes at a good time."
Kregg Lumpkin and LeGarrette Blount are two running backs that the Bucs acquired just before the start of the regular season. While Blount has been inactive for the first two games, Lumpkin was active against the Panthers but did not receive any carries.
Expect Olson to incorporate those two backs, along with Kareem Huggins, more as the Bucs try to jumpstart their ground game.