Dare Ogunbowale

Dare Ogunbowale

Running Back #44
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 213 lb.
College:Wisconsin
Age:26
Born:May 4, 1994
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

Dare Ogunbowale: Gets work in with Brady

Ogunbowale was one of several Buccaneers skill players to participate in a workout with Tom Brady at Berkeley Preparatory School on Tuesday, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report.

Analysis: The Wisconsin product managed to carve out a steady third-down role in what was his second Buccaneers campaign in 2019, leading to a career-best 35 receptions and 286 receiving yards, as well as a pair of rushing touchdowns. With Brady's extensive history of success with pass-catching backs, it certainly behooves Ogunbowale to get as much on-field time with his new quarterback, especially during an offseason where traditional OTAs aren't an option. Additionally, Ogunbowale projects to face fierce competition for playing time -- and by extension, his roster spot -- from rookies Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais this summer, so it's unsurprising to see him taking the initiative of participating in any workout organized by the future Hall of Fame signal-caller.

May 21, 2020 2:03 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Succeeds in passing-down role

Ogunbowale finished the 2019 season with 11 carries for 17 yards and two touchdowns, 35 receptions (46 targets) for 286 yards and 223 kickoff return yards across 16 games.

Analysis: Ironically, the talented receiving back wasn't targeted in the Week 17 overtime loss to the Falcons, the first such instance during 2019. However, Ogunbowale was successful in the third-down role throughout the season, logging multiple receptions in 10 games overall. The third-year pro also was a solid presence in the return game when called upon, although he appeared to lose that role to T.J. Logan for several weeks until the latter was put on injured reserve with a thumb injury leading up to Week 14. With Peyton Barber headed into unrestricted free agency and Ogunbowale on the books for a bargain cost of $585,000 in 2020, the latter could have an opportunity to secure a bigger role behind Ronald Jones in training camp and preseason next summer.

January 4, 2020 5:35 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Three grabs in Week 16 loss

Ogunbowale secured three of five targets for 34 yards in the Buccaneers' 23-20 loss to the Texans on Saturday.

Analysis: Ogunbowale filled his usual complementary role, notching multiple receptions for the third time in the last four games and seeing five targets for the second time in three contests. The story on Ogunbowale is largely unchanged week in, week out -- he'll log the occasional carry or two but sees much more of a consistent, albeit modest, workload in the passing game.

December 24, 2019 2:15 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Pair of touches in Week 15 win

Ogunbowale rushed once for three yards and secured his only target for 13 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday. He also returned two kickoffs for 43 yards.

Analysis: Ogunbowale filled his usual change-of-pace role, but with the Buccaneers enjoying a rather rare comfortable lead from the second quarter onward, he wasn't as involved as in recent weeks. Ogunbowale also continued filling the primary kickoff returner role with T.J. Logan (thumb) on injured reserve, and he should see varying levels of modest activity over the final two games of the campaign.

December 16, 2019 12:01 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Career-best receiving day

Ogunbowale hauled in all five targets for 48 yards and returned one kickoff for 26 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.

Analysis: The change-of-pace back was heavily involved, playing a total of 23 snaps from scrimmage in addition to his 19 on special teams. Ogunbowale's reception and receiving yardage totals were career bests, as he continues to develop into one of the more dependable third-down/two-minute backs in the league. Ogunbowale's virtually non-existent rushing role does limit his viability, however, especially at a critical time like the fantasy postseason.

December 9, 2019 10:05 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Gains 12 yards in win

Ogunbowale caught both of his targets for 12 yards and did not gain yardage on his only carry during Sunday's 28-11 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Ogunbowale rebounded a bit Sunday after Week 12's one-touch outing. Though he has just nine touches over his past three games, it's worth noting that four of them have come in the red zone. Ogunbowale remains capable of stealing a touchdown here and there, as he has twice already this season, but he better be right outside the goal line as he's averaging just 1.1 yards per carry this season. Next up is a Sunday matchup against Indianapolis' middle-of-the-pack run defense.

December 3, 2019 6:20 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Reduction in playing time

Ogunbowale rushed once for 12 yards and failed to secure his only target in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: The backup running back saw a modest 14 snaps from scrimmage Sunday, his lowest tally of the season. Ogunbowale's reduced involvement came as fellow change-of-pace option T.J. Logan saw a season-high seven plays on offense. Ogunbowale should continue to enjoy active status alongside Logan, with the latter also handling both kick return jobs and therefore likely looking at a modest amount of involvement on offense the remainder of the season.

November 26, 2019 5:00 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Five touches from scrimmage in loss

Ogunbowale ran twice for no gain and brought in three of four targets for 10 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: Ogunbowale saw his snap count from scrimmage climb to 29 with the Buccaneers in catch-up mode, with his level of participation qualifying as his highest since Week 6 against the Panthers. The third-year back has back-to-back three-catch efforts, and he's recorded multiple catches in seven games overall. Ogunbowale's role figures to remain modest week to week as long as Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones are healthy in front of him.

November 18, 2019 11:01 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Logs 46 snaps from scrimmage

Ogunbowale rushed once for three yards and secured three of five targets for 22 yards in the Buccaneers' 37-26 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Ogunbowale functioned in his usual pass-catching role, but with the Buccaneers trailing throughout the second half, he logged a robust 46 snaps from scrimmage. However, the extra time on the field didn't really lead to an appreciable boost in production for Ogunbowale, who is essentially off the fantasy radar.

October 14, 2019 7:23 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Used in multiple roles

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.

Analysis: 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.

October 6, 2019 5:55 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Featured as pass catcher again

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.

Analysis: 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.

September 30, 2019 9:22 AM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Makes three grabs in Week 3 loss

Ogunbowale brought in all three of his targets for 23 yards in the Buccaneers' 32-31 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: 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.

September 24, 2019 3:39 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Limited to one touch in win

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.

Analysis: 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 enjoy good health.

September 13, 2019 10:19 AM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Figures in as pass catcher

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.

Analysis: 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.

September 9, 2019 7:28 AM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Wins third running back job

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.

Analysis: Ogunbowale made his presence felt throughout training camp and preseason and evidently showed enough as a pass catcher in particular to convince coach Bruce Arians 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 an expanded role, 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.

August 31, 2019 10:57 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: No running room in finale

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.

Analysis: 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.

August 29, 2019 8:36 PM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Could handle passing downs

Ogunbowale is making a case to serve as Tampa Bay's third-down back, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: 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.

August 29, 2019 9:46 AM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Another active exhibition

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.

Analysis: 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.

August 24, 2019 7:12 AM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Makes mark as pass catcher

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.

Analysis: 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. Coupled with his pair of rushing touchdowns in the exhibition opener versus the Steelers and his utility on special teams, Ogunbowale appears to be in good position for a roster spot at the halfway point of the preseason.

August 17, 2019 10:09 AM EST

Dare Ogunbowale: Shines with pair of scores

Ogunbowale rushed 10 times for 34 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 30-28 preseason loss to the Steelers on Friday.

Analysis: 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.

August 10, 2019 12:15 PM EST

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