Joey Iosefa will compete at FB for the Bucs – Photo by: Getty ImagesConsidered to be a one-speed running back, Joey Iosefa fell to the seventh-round before Tampa Bay used their last selection to nab the Hawaii product.

Following rookie minicamp last weekend, Iosefa believes this is his first chance to disprove the notion that he’s a one-trick pony and put his versatility on display.

“It’s something I was really working hard on, running routes, catching the ball,” Iosefa said. “I have the ability to catch the ball but to finally get to showcase in front of the coaches – I want to be more of a versatile back (that) can run the ball, block, and catch the ball from the backfield.”

Given his power and bulky frame, it seems natural that the Buccaneers would try to develop Iosefa into a blocking back. And, considering the style of play he’s most familiar with, Iosefa is ready for the transition.

“For my type of running back, (I am) more like a downhill back, so now I’ll use that (to) transition to fullback, Iosefa said. “It’s pretty much not that big (of a) transition, it’s more (just) without a ball. Now, I’ve got to help out my running back because I know how it feels to run the ball with a fullback in front.”

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georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

I’d think that this young man can be the next Mike Alstott. I have His White Jersey, I also had a Red Jersey of another Rb from Fsu that Played twece for Tampa bay as he player with Atlanta Falcon W,Dunn remember Him. when Iam in Dallas I can really create some conversations that last couple of years with the Dallas Cowboys Fan. I hope James winston and Company and this young FB will plow thru the middle for extra yardage.

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

I’m sure Koetter has plenty of spider 2 Y banana in his playbook. The Losefa kid would be perfect.

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

If he keeps his body and head low to the ground and move forward he will be hard to stop in getting that needed yard or two. I believe this was a good pick and filled a needed spot. I’m still not sure what the Bucs are going to do with Martin; for me he is the odd man out.

plopes808
plopes808
6 years ago

This guy will be an Alstott-ish FB, he can get low to the ground and grind out those last few yards we need, or he can catch passes out of the backfield. In time, he may even be at that level but don’t want to put the cart first quite yet. Go Bucs!

BucWild02
BucWild02
6 years ago

Should be fun to watch what happens when the pads go on in August. Can’t wait to watch Iosefa clear a path or catch it out of the backfield and truck a few defenders.

austinwrites
austinwrites
6 years ago

This kid has a ton of upside and I think will be a steal as a 7th rounder. At the very least we added a solid blocker to our lineup, blocking was a big issue last season in both pass protection and run blocking, this is a great way to improve that beyond the obvious of drafting offensive linemen. Look for a healthy ASJ to help in that regard too