It was yet another frustrating afternoon on the ground for Barber, who found running room at a premium against one of the NFL's stingiest run defenses. The second-year back has now been under 50 rushing yards in three straight games, and he's managed no better than Sunday's 3.0 yards per carry in any of those contests. Barber has a firm grasp on the lead-back role, but there be no other team in the league at the moment in which that job has less value. He'll have an uphill battle to improve on his numbers against the dominant Ravens defense in Week 15.
Barber carried 16 times for 45 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Panthers. He also lost a fumble in the 24-17 win.
Barber averaged just 2.8 yards per carry and did little outside a long gain of 17 yards. He helped put the game away with a one-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter, giving him three rushing touchdowns in as many weeks. He could have had another score, but he fumbled at the one yard line to tarnish a long, methodical drive. Barber has topped 70 rushing yards just three times this season, but he continues to receive touches near the goal line thanks to the team's prolific passing attack. He'll look to keep his scoring streak alive next Sunday against the Saints.
Barber (ankle/shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Panthers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Barber sandwiched full practices Wednesday and Friday around a limited session Thursday. His availability never seemed to be in question, but there is some cause for concern regarding his future workload after coach Dirk Koetter said fellow running back Ronald Jones will be active this week. The rookie second-round pick poached some work from Barber in Weeks 4 through 8 before a hamstring injury knocked him out of the lineup. It may not happen this weekend, but the Buccaneers probably want to get a better look at the 21-year-old at some point in December.
Barber (ankle/shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
After opening the week as a full participant in practice Wednesday, Barber's reps were scaled back while he continues to nurse the two injuries. The same issues limited Barber's practice time heading into Week 11, but he suited up for both of the Buccaneers' games since that time, logging 36 carries for 153 yards. With no indication Barber is dealing with any sort of setback, it's assumed that he was restricted primarily for maintenance purposes. He should be on track to handle his usual lead role out of the Tampa Bay backfield in Sunday's matchup with the Panthers.
Although he encountered tough sledding on the ground, Barber was able to burrow into the end zone from two yards out just before the midway point of the third quarter for his third touchdown of the season. Barber's 2.6 yards per carry marked the fourth time this season he's been under a 3.0 figure, but the 24-year-old continues to be free of any competition for his lead-back duties. He'll look to make it three straight game with a score against the Panthers in a Week 13 divisional battle.
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|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||4||108||423||3.9||34||3||1||23|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||13||183||677||3.7||28||4||4||33|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||1||5||28||5.6||11||0||0||0||1|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||4||16||114||7.1||34||0||1||0||4|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||13||14||73||5.2||10||1||0||0||4|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||3||2.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||6||6.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||2||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|