Mike James Pushing For No. 2 RB Spot

RB Mike James, who proved he can be a valuable every-down back for the Bucs, is pushing Brian Leonard and Peyton Hillis for the No. 2 job. James recorded 81 yards on 13 carries, the third-most preseason single-game rushing yardage recorded in team history since 2000, and the most for a rookie during that period.

RB Brian Leonard, a free agent from the Rams, played for Greg Schiano at Rutgers. Being reunited in Tampa Bay has rejuvenated his career. Leonard has been so impressive that the Bucs held him out of the second preseason game in New England to give longer looks to rookie Mike James and Peyton Hillis. What makes Leonard so valuable is his versatility. He can play fullback in a two-back set and is a good pass protector and route runner to play on third down as well. Leonard may be the perfect complement to Doug Martin, especially since he can be effective in short yardage situations where the Bucs struggled a year ago.

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