Ogunbowale rushed once for a three-yard touchdown and secured three of five targets for 22 yards in the Buccaneers' 37-26 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Ogunbowale functioned primarily in his usual pass-catching role, but with the Buccaneers trailing throughout the second half, he logged a robust 46 snaps from scrimmage and even converted a red-zone carry into his first career TD. He remains behind Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber in the backfield pecking order, but Sunday's performance could earn him more touches moving forward.
Ogunbowale lost four yards on his sole rush. secured two of three targets for 27 yards and returned one kickoff for 19 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Ogunbowale was featured in his usual third-down/pass-catching role and also logged his first kickoff return of the season. The third-year back continues to flash as a receiver, but he's highly unlikely to see any meaningful action on the ground while Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones are healthy.
Ogunbowale rushed once for no gain and brought in three of four targets for 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 55-40 win over the Rams on Sunday.
Ogunbowale continued in his usual third-down/two-minute role, logging his second-highest amount of targets this season in the process. His one carry also represented his first rushing opportunity of the season, but his involvement on offense will remain limited while Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber are healthy in front of him.
Ogunbowale brought in all three of his targets for 23 yards in the Buccaneers' 32-31 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
The pass-catching back filled his usual role, working only as an outlet option and failing to log a carry for the third time in as many games to open the campaign. Ogunbowale ultimately played 19 snaps from scrimmage (along with 23 on special teams), a slight bump from his Week 2 workload of 16 but still notably behind the season-high 27 offensive plays he participated in during Week 1 against the 49ers.
Ogunbowale brought in his sole target for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 20-14 win over the Panthers on Thursday. He did not log a carry.
Ogunbowale did not figure into the backfield equation as a runner for the second time in as many games to open the campaign, although he did log 16 snaps from scrimmage overall. The third-down back's role figures to remain similarly modest as long as the top duo of Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones enjoys good health.
Ogunbowale brought in four of five targets for 33 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-17 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. He did not log a carry.
Ogunbowale was in on 27 plays from scrimmage overall and another 15 on special teams. Three of the third-year running back's four catches came in the hurry-up offense on the Buccaneers' final possession, as Ogunbowale essentially filled the exact role he was projected for behind Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber coming into the season. While he'll figure in for an occasional carry as well in coming games, his overall involvement in the offense figures to be modest as long as his aforementioned pair of teammates are healthy.
Ogunbowale is one of only three running backs currently on the Buccaneers' roster following the release of Andre Ellington on Saturday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Ogunbowale made his presence felt throughout training camp and preseason, and he evidently showed enough as a pass catcher in particular to convince coach Bruce Arians to part with a known entity in Ellington. As one of only three running backs on the roster alongside Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones, Ogunbowale is one injury away from becoming a significant part of the offense, and he figures to see a fairly solid complementary role even when the top duo is at full health. Ogunbowale also has some experience as a kickoff returner, although Bobo Wilson is projected to open the season in that role.
Ogunbowale rushed eight times for nine yards and brought in both of his targets for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 17-15 preseason win over the Cowboys on Thursday.
Ogunbowale didn't exactly give the best accounting of himself on the ground, finding running room to be at a premium. However, his pair of grabs in the passing game lend further credence to a report earlier in the week that Ogunbowale could serve as the primary third-down back come the regular season. His primary competition for that role, Andre Ellington, did contribute 43 total yards Thursday, however, so upcoming roster cuts figure to be particularly intriguing when it comes to the two backs' job battle.
Ogunbowale is making a case to serve as Tampa Bay's third-down back, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Seemingly ahead of Andre Ellington for the third spot on the depth chart, Ogunbowale is making a decent case for a Week 1 role. The Buccaneers notably used him in the no-huddle offense during their third preseason game, giving the 25-year-old a full drive next to Jameis Winston in the backfield. Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones still are expected to take most of the carries, but Ogunbowale could get a shot at more work throughout the season.
Ogunbowale rushed seven times for 22 yards and brought in two of four targets for 19 yards in the Buccaneers' 13-12 preseason win over the Browns on Friday.
Ogunbowale paced the Buccaneers in carries and rushing yardage, just edging his primary competition for the third running back job, Andre Ellington, in both. The third-year back once again struggled with efficiency on the ground, but it's worth noting he had a pivotal role in the game-winning 16-play drive and also had a seven-yard gain during that series wiped out by a holding penalty. Tellingly, coach Bruce Arians entrusted him with three straight carries from just outside the Browns' 10-yard line as the clock wound down, with Ogunbowale gaining eight yards on those touches. The solid preseason play of both Ogunbowale and Ellington, as well as the latter's prior experience in Arians' offense, could ultimately lead to both backs sticking on the final 53.
Ogunbowale rushed 13 times for 34 yards and brought in all three of his targets for 54 yards in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.
A couple of developments in Ogunbowale's favor unfolded Friday. One was that one of his primary competitors for the third running back spot, Andre Ellington, struggled with just 15 rushing yards on six carries and also lost a fumble. Ogunbowale's 2.6 yards per tote was just marginally better, but he held onto the ball and also ripped off a game-long 41-yard gain on one of his three catches. Furthermore, Ogunbowale had an even bigger gain wiped out by penalty, as he'd rumbled 45 yards on a Ryan Griffin screen pass on the first drive of the second half on a play in which rookie guard Zack Bailey was flagged for holding. The second-year back also had two touchdowns in last week's exhibition opener, and Greg Auman of The Athletic reports that following Friday's game, Arians also labeled Ogunbowale the "second-best pass protector" among the running backs.
Ogunbowale rushed 10 times for 34 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 30-28 preseason loss to the Steelers on Friday.
The second-year back figures to battle veteran Andre Ellington throughout the preseason for a No. 3 running back role, and Ogunbowale certainly got that bid off to a strong start. The Wisconsin product found the end zone on two occasions, going in from 10 yards in the third quarter and then powering in from one yard away with just 10 seconds remaining in the game to cap off a 13-play, 64-yard march. Ogunbowale is younger than Ellington, and like the veteran, can also return kicks. Therefore, he would appear to have a solid shot of sticking on the final roster if he continues to provide a similar caliber of performance in upcoming exhibitions.
Ogunbowale has impressed head coach Bruce Arians with his vision and blitz recognition, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Ogunbowale was active in Weeks 11 and 12 last season, playing 45 of his 48 total snaps on special teams. That led to 137 return yards for the Wisconsin product, but Ogunbowale is making a push for more offensive opportunity early in camp. He's looked good on inside runs, and the fact he's capable of contributing on kickoff coverage certainly helps his chances of sticking around. Ogunbowale is battling the likes of journeyman Andre Ellington and undrafted rookie Bruce Anderson for positioning in the latter portion of the running back depth chart.
Ogunbowale was specifically named by special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong as one of two players that have stood out on special teams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
The Bucs didn't add a running back in the draft, instead appearing content with Peyton Barber and last year's second-round pick, Ronald Jones II, atop the depth chart. It's highly unlikely they carry five running backs going into the regular season, but Ogunbowale could have a leg up on Shaun Wilson and the 30-year-old Andre Ellington for what might be only one or two roster spots if he continues to prove valuable on special teams.
Ogunbowale signed a futures contract with the Buccaneers on Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Ogunbowale appeared in two games for the Buccaneers this season, with all but two of his snaps coming on special teams. He'll look to make the roster as a backup running back in 2019.
Ogunbowale signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The reserve running back and kick returner makes a quick return to Tampa, landing back on the practice squad after having just been released last Friday. Ogunbowale was active in Weeks 11 and 12 against the Giants and 49ers, logging just two snaps from scrimmage but 35 on special teams. The 24-year-old amassed 134 kick return yards versus New York, and he'd likely be used in the same capacity were he to be called up to the active roster again at any point over the final four games.
Ogunbowale was waived by Tampa Bay on Friday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Ogunbowale had worked mostly on special teams for the Buccaneers. The Wisconsin product was waived to make room for wide receiver Bobo Wilson, who helps provide depth in the wake of DeSean Jackson's (thumb) absence. In addition, the Buccaneers once again have fellow running back Ronald Jones at full health, further negating the need for Ogunbowale's presence on the roster.
Ogunbowale returned seven kickoffs for 137 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
The 24-year-old rookie was promoted earlier in the week from the practice squad in the wake of Shaun Wilson's placement on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, and he did a solid job filling the latter's role on kickoff returns. Ogunbowale could potentially continue serving in the same capacity for what remains of the season, although he could also find himself inactive if Jacquizz Rodgers is tabbed to fill the role once Ronald Jones II (hamstring) returns to action.
Tampa Bay promoted Ogunbowale to the active roster Tuesday.
Ogunbowale spent the preseason with the Buccaneers, rushing 21 times for 55 yards and catching six passes for 69 yards. He also returned kicks, and Tampa Bay could utilize him in a similar way now that he's back on the roster.
Ogunbowale was waived by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Greg Auman of The Athletic Tampa Bay reports.
Ogunbowale joined the Bucs late in the preseason, so his chances of making the final roster were always slim. It's possible Tampa Bay elects to keep him close, however, by signing him to its practice squad.
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