RB Brian Leonard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
HT: 6-1, WT: 240, Born: 2-3-1984, College: Rutgers, Drafted: Round 2
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|1||at New York Jets|
|2||New Orleans Saints|
|3||at New England Patriots|
|7||at Atlanta Falcons|
|9||at Seattle Seahawks|
|12||at Detroit Lions|
|13||at Carolina Panthers|
|15||San Francisco 49ers|
|16||at St. Louis Rams|
|17||at New Orleans Saints|
2012 Game Summaries
Week 3 - The Bengals featured Leonard primarily on third downs for pass protection purposes. He carried the ball twice for eighteen yards, exhibiting solid footwork and letting blockers get to their assignments.
Week 4 - Leonard played his traditional role as the pass-catching back on passing downs. His highlight of the day was a well-timed screen play that sustained a Bengals scoring drive.
Week 5 - Working solely as a 3rd down back, Leonard didnít register any carries. He did, however, have two catches for 19 yards, with a long of 16 yards on a screen pass.
Week 6 - Leonard's only reception on the day came when Dalton was forced to hold onto the football and scramble away from pass rushers. Dalton flipped the ball to Leonard underneath before he was swarmed by tacklers. He ended up leaving the game with a rib injury.
Week 9 - Leonard was productive early in his short doses as the change-of-pace back. He showed strength between the tackles and caught a nifty shovel pass in the closing minute of the first half. He was not involved again until the Bengals were in clear catch-up mode, down by multiple scores in the fourth quarter. Leonard plowed ahead for a first down on fourth-and-one as well as getting two garbage time receptions.
Week 11 - Leonard made a nice catch in traffic and made a great effort to pick up extra yardage turning a 5 yard catch into an eleven yard gain.
Week 17 - With BenJarvus Green-Ellis injured, Leonard received the majority of the carries out of the Cincinnati backfield. To say that Leonard was effective would be a stretch, as the running back was serviceable at best. He showed decent vision, cutting through side gaps when the main hole closed. Leonard also showed a decent amount of power, but he couldnít push the pile like many power backs can, and he didnít possess the speed that would allow him to sprint through quickly closing holes. Because of this average skill set, Leonard had average runs. His ability to find holes and squeeze through allowed him to keep runs positive, but he never threatened to break a big run.
Week 18 - Leonard was a non-factor on Saturday, only getting one carry for two yards.