Tampa Bay added depth at running back on Monday, agreeing to terms with former Rutgers and Bengals running back Brian Leonard. Leonard played his college ball for head coach Greg Schiano.
Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano has reunited with another former Rutgers player, this time Brian Leonard, who according to agent Mike McCartney has agreed to a one-year deal with Tampa Bay.
Leonard, originally drafted in the second round by the St. Louis Rams, spent the last four seasons in Cincinnati and in 2012 played in 15 games, averaging 3.2 yards on 33 rushing attempts, while also adding 11 receptions for 67 yards. For his career, Leonard has rushed for 646 yards to go along with 814 receiving yards.
Under head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers, Leonard teamed with Ray Rice to form one of the better running back duos in college football at the time. During his senior season at Rutgers, Leonard accepted a lesser role as fullback, paving the way for Rice, and giving up some of the spotlight. Schiano most likely didn’t forget that unselfishness.
In the event LeGarrette Blount is traded, Leonard could step in and spell Martin, and also fill the role as a third-down and a short-yardage back. Leonard also could provide additional depth at fullback in the event Erik Lorig is hurt or even just needs a breather.
While at Rutgers (Leonard finished his career ranked fourth all-time rushing yards (2,775), fourth all-time rushing touchdowns (32), sixth all-time receiving yards (1,864), first all-time receptions (207), tied for fourth all-time receiving touchdowns (13), second all-time all-purpose yards (4,639), first all-time combined touchdowns (45), and first all-time career points scored (272).
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