With the release of Derrick Ward and the inexperience of the the three backs behind him on the depth chart, Carnell "Cadillac" Williams looks to be returning to a primary role.
The plan entering training camp was to continue sharing carries between Williams and Ward. With Ward out of the picture and newly promoted second string RB Kareem Huggins having never played in a regular season game, the Bucs will have no choice but to lean on Williams for at least the first few games of the games of the season.
With Williams' health being as good as it has been since entering the NFL the extra workload will definitely put his durability to the test. Especially in games against physically dominating teams like Pittsburgh in week 3 and Cincinnati in week 5. Coming into this season healthy, Williams has full confidence in his body going into this season or at least much more than in the past few seasons when he was coming off major knee injuries.
An increased workload will make those who selected Williams for their fantasy squads very happy. In a previous article I predicted a big year for Cadillac, this should only help him reach those numbers. Look for Williams to come out strong in Sunday's game vs. Cleveland as the Bucs will have to run the ball early and often to take the pressure off Josh Freeman and his fractured thumb.
Behind Huggins on the depth chart are two players just claimed off waivers this week. Kregg Lumpkin was claimed on Sunday from the Green Bay Packers and LeGarrette Blount was claimed on Monday from the Tennessee Titans. We all know about Blount's endeavors, should his football career not pan out he could have a shot at professional boxing. Then again, we don't know if he can take a hit. Bount being a rookie, has obviously never seen any real game action.
Kregg Lumpkin has been in the league for a few years but only made the active roster for 2 games with the Packers in 2008. He saw action in one of those games, where he had 4 total touches. One rush for 19 yards and 3 receptions for 22 yards in a week two game at Detroit. This means behind Cadillac Williams the Bucs have 3 players with a combined 5 games of active roster time and 4 total touches. After reading that, only one word should come to mind... Yikes!