If I were an attendee at a Tampa Bay Buccaneer Press Conference, I’d be the one asking the head coach. “I got a question for Coach Raheem; why not give the ball to Kareem?”
Kareem Huggins, the 5’9 running back came from Hofstra, small in stature but bigger heart. He posted a 4.28 40-yard time at the 2008 NFL Combine as he went undrafted. Nobody wanted to take a chance on a small running back from a small school. In 2009 he signed onto Tampa Bay’s practice squad; and wasn’t until December 2009 where he was activated onto the active roster. Now that wouldn’t have happened hadn’t he hyper extended his knee during a pre-season game back in 09’.
Kareem has speed, hits the hole hard and shows explosiveness in his run. His determination on proving his naysayers wrong is helping with his motivation; all he needed was an opportunity and a possibility to get notice and earn a spot on Tampa Bay’s active 53-man roster. Head Coach Raheem refers to Huggins as a change of pace back because of his ability to change direction and turn the corners with his outside speed.
In 2 pre-season games thus far he has accounted for 16 carries and 99 yards, easily one of the better performers on Tampa’s squad. He has outshined Derrick Ward enough to earn the back-up duties to Cadillac Williams. Given Cadillac’s injury history I advise you to grab Huggins as an immediate handcuff or if you’re one of those managers who like to draft upside and potential towards the end of drafts; get this guy and get him quick. He was once not even on any sort of bubble on everyone’s fantasy radar, I know he’s popping up everywhere now and in dynasty leagues definitely someone you want to look into as a future RB1 possibly. Kareem will be Cadillac’s fuel; because we all know Cadillac doesn’t want to lose his job nor does he want to be a back up. I look forward to an interesting and intriguing RBBC down in Tampa Bay.