Three's Company

Charlie Garner and Jamel White will make the first three weeks of the regular season fly by without missing a beat. Michael Pittman will be back in the fold in week four when his suspension is up. The question then will be how to split up the touches.

Garner will be the starter, and he has looked it thus far in camp. His hands are as good as advertised. He hustles out every play in practice running out his plays well after the whistle. The knock on Garner was that he quit on the Raiders last year, but he has shown no signs of that type of behavior since reuniting with Jon Gruden in Tampa.

White is slicing and dicing through holes Ginsu style. When he runs it does not look like he is carrying his listed 222 pounds. The Browns must be very deep at running back to let a player with this kind of quickness go so easily. Fans at Disney's Wide World of Sports seem to always be asking: Who is that number 22? Originally signed as insurance the shifty back will have plenty of opportunities to entrench himself in the offensive scheme during the first three weeks of the season.

Pittman is in great shape. He has not been running himself into the ground the way he did at times last year. Even though he knows he will not be active on opening day he is preparing as if he will be. This is why he is still getting his fair share of reps thus far in camp.

Running back by committee has taken over on most NFL teams. The days of destroying a back with 350 carries a year are nearing an end. Ricky Williams retired, in part, due to this type of employment. There is no need for the Buccaneers to wear out their starter because of the able bodies available to split the load. When the playoffs start the Bucs should have three sets of fresh legs to carry them.

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