With the Buccaneers recent troubles at running back it was expected that they would promote at least one running back to the active 53 man roster. The lucky player was former Oklahoma running back Mossis Madu an undrafted free agent. The promotion of Madu comes just 3 days after backup running back Earnest Graham, who was starting to come along rather nicely as a backup to LeGarrette Blount, tore his ACL against the Chicago Bears.
Although Madu was promoted to the active roster, and will start to practice with the first team on Thursday, third stringer Kregg Lumpkin is expected to handle the bulk of the carries. The Bucs plan to use Lumpkin as the backup to Blount if he can return after the bye week when the Bucs take on the Saints. In the unfortunate event that Blount is not ready for the Saints game, then Lumpkin will be the featured back, with Madu handling the backup duties.
Madu, who isn’t that big of a back (only 6-foot 197 pounds) is not expected to get that much playing time but will be able to earn more than expected if he can show the ability to pick up pass protection. The Bucs also announced on Wednesday that they had signed fullback Matt Clapp, also a former Oklahoma player, to the practice squad thus taking Madu’s spot.
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