Head coach and mad scientist Jon Gruden believes he may have a new weapon on offense in defensive back Ronde Barber, the St. Petersburg Times reported. "I'm playing kind of a flanker. That F guy. That wing guy that people use in high school and some of those smaller schools use in college." Barber spent time taking handoffs from quarterback Brad Johnson on Saturday, the first day of Tampa's training camp. "I call him Robo Barber," coach Jon Gruden said. "There's a Tiki Barber I know in New York that can play offense, and I saw we had a Barber wearing No. 20. I did do some research over the summer, checking in on Thomas Jones and what he did at Virginia. And I happened to look at old Ronde Barber's high school statistics, and he's had a knack for making some plays, also." Johnson explained his feelings, "It won't be just to get the fans excited, it's a play. [Gruden]'s not going to waste his time with just a showboat play. It's going to m! ean something, and he thinks it's going to help us somewhere down the line. I don't question him."
If he looks like Tiki and smells like Tiki, he must be able to run like Tiki, right? Gruden's been watching too many commercials, and this tells us just how desperate the Bucs might be for running back help. Just in case, we're going to send our high school stats to Gruden as well.