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August 30, 2011 @ 1:47 pm
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Morris Wants To See More From Lumpkin

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Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris mentioned Monday that Earnest Graham is currently penciled in as the Buccaneers’ third-down running back.

On Tuesday, Morris said he wants to see RB Kregg Lumpkin to play his way back into the mix during Thursday night’s preseason finale at Washington, hinting that a renewed desire needs to be put on display from the former Georgia Bulldog.

“This is a big game for Kregg,” Morris said. “It’s a huge game for him. I want to see Kregg Lumpkin run the ball. I want to see him protect. I want to see him catch the ball out of the backfield. I want to see him go out there and compete with Earnest Graham and give us the battle that I liked to see when they started camp.”

“I’m not down on Kregg, but I certainly want to see him get back in this battle with Earnest to earn the right to play, to show that he wants to play, to show that he should be out there. And that’s a good thing. I want to give him an opportunity this week.”

Lumpkin has received minimal action since Tampa Bay acquired him off waivers last September after being released by the Green Bay Packers. The 5-foot-11, 228-pound back checked into 11 games last year and attempted one rush for no gain and caught one pass for 12 yards.

Neither running back has shown significant separation from the other in terms of rushing the ball or receiving this preseason. Lumpkin has gained 40 yards on 11 carries, an average of 3.6 per attempt, and has caught four passes for 26 yards. Graham's rushed only three times for five yards and has five receptions for 52 yards.

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    Glazer went cheap going with lunkim over caddy. Caddy was a team leader and he really excelled in the 3rd down role. Not having him will hurt .
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    My only other question is how strongly they feel about Lorig being able to handle the fullback duties, thus relieving EG from that role. I don't know if it's injuries, or an on again off again love affair with Lorig, but I'm not feeling that they have full conficence in him yet.
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    They can always dump Lumpy and keep Bradford around to develop, maybe on the practice squad. I didn't see anything last year or this year so far that makes him any better than any other running back that might be cut elsewhere. Nothing special. EG can do the job until he gets hurt, then Blount can take over the third down job and Bradford can take over some of the between the tackle load. I still say that they are trying to upgrade from EG, it is just not going to be Lumpy, as they had hoped it could be.
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    Graham's missed something like 13-14 games over the last 3 yrs, so having some RB depth has to be a priority you would think.
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    Gotta say I agree with everyone else on here. Lumpkin hasnt really showed me anything put in EG and end this so called "competition"
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    I've got two problems with Lumpkin - I've not seen enough yet and I've seen enough already. He has no pop; no sense of urgency; doesn't fight to get thru a tackle; no field presence; I have to look for him when he's in the game. He's a big back, he should pack more punch. I hope there's more to come, not seeing it now!
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    I'm okay with Graham, but besides him I don't really care for any of our backup RB's. I say we grab some other team's RB after everyone reduces their rosters again in a week. It's the same thing we did to get Blount. The Redskins have got to have a good back they can't fit on their roster. Helu, Hightower and Torrain could all be good starters so I'm sure they'll keep all 3.
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    I agree with Coach. Lumpkin is in the same boat as some others? Time to start producing; if not "next man up". Go Bucs! Get Better!
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    Sounds like they are trying to replace EG, as Lumpkin has already gotten way more attempts than EG.
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