5'9'' / 207 lbs
Tucker carried eight times for seven yards in the Buccaneers' 27-17 win over the Bears on Sunday.
Tucker's inefficiency was naturally an unwelcome sight, but the fact he saw eight touches over 17 snaps was encouraging. The undrafted rookie has logged 13 carries through two games as the clear early-down backup to Rachaad White, but he's still essentially a fantasy non-factor for the time being, especially with White, who logged 51 snaps Sunday, capable of shouldering a heavy workload.
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Tucker rushed five times for 15 yards and brought in both targets for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 20-17 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
Tucker entered the game listed second on the depth chart and did operate as Rachaad White's primary backup, although he was far behind his teammate's 17 carries and 54 snaps. Tucker logged 10 snaps from scrimmage and another 15 on special teams, and while no Bucs back found any success against Minnesota's front seven Sunday, his usage at least corroborates that he could enjoy a solid complementary role as the season unfolds.
Tucker is the second-string RB on the Bucs' initial regular season depth chart, Scott Smith of the official team site reports.
The depth charts printed on team sites are handled by PR/comms staff, so it's probably best not to make assumptions about how Tampa's Week 1 backfield work will be divided beyond Rachaad White getting the start and the most playing time. It is fair to say Tucker has put himself in the mix for the No. 2 spot, in part because Chase Edmonds and Ke'Shawn Vaughn -- listed third and fourth, respectively -- are less-than-formidable competition. There's also probably something to the notion that Tucker is overqualified as a UDFA rookie; he was often projected as a mid-round pick before a heart condition put his playing future into question this past winter/spring. He plans to continue playing with the condition and could get some touches Sunday at Minnesota in his regular-season NFL debut.
As the coming season approaches, Tucker is in the mix along with Chase Edmonds and Ke'Shawn Vaughn to see complementary work behind top back Rachaad White, the Buccaneers' official site reports.
When it comes to how the touches that don't go to White will be divided, offensive coordinator Dave Canales expects to employ a committee approach, noting "I think we have a really fantastic back and I think we have a bunch of good backs, so I think they can kind of platoon that." With that in mind, Edmonds has a chance make his mark in passing situations, while some combo of the reserve trio figures to be used to spell White on early downs. In that context, Tucker doesn't have a clearly defined role as Week 1 approaches, but the undrafted rookie out of Syracuse does profile as a player to monitor in order to see how the Buccaneers' RB pecking order shakes out as the 2023 campaign progresses.
Tucker earned a spot on Tampa Bay's initial 53-man roster, Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tucker is joined by Rachaad White, Chase Edmonds and Ke'Shawn Vaughn in one of the weaker RB rooms in the league. It's a situation that makes Tucker arguably the most interesting undrafted rookie from a fantasy perspective, and even more so because he might've been a mid-to-late-round pick if not for a heart condition he plans to play with. It's unclear how backup roles behind White will be handled Week 1 at Minnesota, but the inactive lists ahead of a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday may provide at least one hint.
Tucker took 10 carries for 34 yards and caught his lone target for one yard in Saturday's 26-20 preseason win over the Ravens.
Tucker was the third RB in the game, after Rachaad White and Ke'Shawn Vaughn, getting nine of his 11 touches in the fourth quarter. The undrafted rookie may have a spot on the Week 1 roster, with OC Dave Canales mentioning Thursday that Tucker has done an especially nice job in practice picking up extra yards on checkdowns, per Brianna Dix of the Buccaneers' official site. ESPN's Jenna Laine believes Tucker is well on his way to making the team.
Tucker rushed seven times for 37 yards and brought in all three targets for 18 yards in the Buccaneers' 13-6 preseason win over the Jets on Saturday.
Tucker was notably the second back to log a touch after Ke'Shawn Vaughn with Rachaad White and Chase Edmonds getting the night off. The undrafted rookie ultimately logged 19 snaps on offense and was busy with them, setting the pace for Tampa Bay in rushing yards while drawing even for the team lead in receptions. Tucker's three primary competitors for a roster spot -- Vaughn, Ronnie Brown and Patrick Laird -- combined for 31 yards on 20 carries and two catches for 14 yards, so the Syracuse alum certainly appears to have gained some serious ground Saturday.
Tucker rushed six times for 10 yards and brought in his only target for three yards in the Buccaneers' 27-17 preseason loss to the Steelers on Friday night.
Tucker's final night would have looked much better had his 12-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter wouldn't have been nullified by a holding penalty. The undrafted rookie struggled for running room overall, unsurprising given the quality of the offensive line he played behind. Tucker is still firmly behind the top trio of Rachaad White, Chase Edmonds and Ke'Shawn Vaugh on the running back depth chart, but given his intriguing body of work at the college level, he's likely to get a solid amount of snaps again in Saturday night's second preseason game against the Jets.
Tucker, who could see extended playing time in Friday night's preseason opener against the Steelers, has already been impressing during camp over the first couple of weeks, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Tucker saw a standout three-year college career at Syracuse go for naught in terms of the NFL Draft, as a congenital heart condition led to him being passed over altogether in late April. However, the Buccaneers came calling shortly thereafter, and Tucker was subsequently cleared to participate without restrictions in training camp. Smith's report indicates the 22-year-old has made good use of the opportunity thus far. With the backfield pecking order seemingly wide open behind top options Rachaad White and Chase Edmonds, Tucker will officially begin his quest to push Ke'Shawn Vaughn for snaps -- and potentially, a spot on the active roster altogether -- versus Pittsburgh.