|Peyton Barber trimmed down over the winter|
Improved diet and focused on improving speed
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 1 2018, 9:10 pm
|Peyton Barber didn’t lose any weight. He just turned fat into muscle and looks more sleek and sculpted than ever. Bucs RB coach Tim Spencer has seen Barber become a tick faster and more agile this offseason.
"He's a pretty elusive big guy," Spencer said. "He is a very elusive big guy with quick feet and good vision, good hands - good everything. He's a good, solid football player. And obviously he does some (special) teams also, so he's a good football player. I like the way he runs." (Pewter Report)|
FFToday's Take: Barber figures to open camp as a starter, but how long he can hold off explosive rookie Ronald Jones is the question. A committee in which Barber is the main short yardage/goal line back to begin the season seems likely, although Jones doesn't get enough credit for his ability to run inside the tackles. The Bucs should be much better running the ball in 2018, so if Barber somehow is declared a surefire starter before Week 1, he would very much be in the RB3 - if not RB2 - discussion.