A halfback-fullback tweener. Runs well from the single-setback formation and can break some tackles. Catches the ball well. Has adequate speed when running the ball. Has the tools and attitude to be a fine blocker.
Still learning as a blocker. A limited commodity as a running back. Lacks durability.
Talented but inconsistent rotational back.
Movements & Injuries
Declared free agent.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a one-year contract.
Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Declared free agent.
Contract tendered by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ankle injury, injured reserve.
Ankle injury, out.
Thigh injury, out.
Acquired from the St. Louis Rams.
Shoulder injury, injured reserve.
Calf injury, out.
Signed by the St. Louis Rams to a four-year contract.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cincinnati Bengals traded Orien Harris to the St. Louis Rams for Brian Leonard.
Drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 2nd round (52nd Overall) in 2007.
Leonard runs for 35 yards in Week 17 loss | 12/29/2013 9:27 PM
Brian Leonard rushed for 35 yards on five carries in Week 17 against the Saints.
Leonard appeared in all 16 games this season and rushed for 182 yards on 47 carries and caught 29 passes for 179 yards. It was actually his most productive season since his rookie year of 2007 with the Rams. Leonard is set to become a free agent in March and should find a gig as a quality pass protector and third-down back.
Brian Leonard touches the ball once in loss | 12/22/2013 5:33 PM
Brian Leonard caught one pass for four yards in Tampa's Week 16 loss to the Rams.
Leonard was held without a carry as Bobby Rainey got bottled up for 37 yards on 20 carries. An impending free agent, Leonard is going to have trouble getting guaranteed money on the open market.
Brian Leonard gets 1 touch in Week 15 | 12/15/2013 5:35 PM
Bucs RB Brian Leonard rushed once for 12 yards in Tampa Bay's Week 15 loss to the 49ers.
Clear lead back Bobby Rainey handled 12 touches. Purely from a fantasy perspective, Leonard has been worthless since the Bucs installed Rainey ahead of him following Doug Martin and Mike James' year-ending injuries.
Brian Leonard runs 7 times for 26 yards | 12/08/2013 4:53 PM
Brian Leonard rushed seven times for 26 yards in the Bucs' Week 14 win over the Bills.
He did not get involved in the passing game, which is ordinarily Leonard's bread and butter. His carries were spiked a bit by the fact that the Bucs were winning all day and it became a 27-6 blowout victory by game's end. Leonard is just a low-upside Bobby Rainey handcuff for fantasy football purposes.
Brian Leonard held without a carry in loss | 12/01/2013 5:14 PM
Brian Leonard was held without a carry in Tampa's Week 13 loss to the Panthers, catching two passes for 10 yards.
Buried behind Bobby Rainey on the depth chart, Leonard has just four touches over his past two games. He's off the PPR-league radar for the fantasy playoffs.
Bucs to use Leonard, Rainey in a timeshare | 11/12/2013 10:15 AM
Coach Greg Schiano said he expects to use Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey in a timeshare going forward.
Leonard totals 73 yards in Week 10 win | 11/12/2013 12:21 AM
Brian Leonard rushed for 57 yards on 20 carries in Week 10 against the Dolphins.
Leonard added two catches for 16 yards. After Mike James fractured his left ankle on the opening drive, Leonard was thrust into lead-back duties. He looked okay on his first few totes but predictably wore down and ceded work to Bobby Rainey, who showed more juice as a runner. James is "out indefinitely." If we were to guess, we'd bet Rainey handles early-down work while Leonard sticks to his passing-down duties in Week 11 against the Falcons. Leonard will be worth a look in deeper PPR leagues, but don't count on him carrying the rock 20 times in one game again.
Brian Leonard totals 68 yards in loss | 11/03/2013 7:51 PM
Brian Leonard rushed five times for 20 yards and caught four passes for 48 yards in the Bucs' Week 9 loss to Seattle.
Leonard is the No. 2 back in Tampa Bay behind Mike James, and will stay in that role until Doug Martin (shoulder) returns, assuming that happens at all. Leonard is not worth owning in 10- and 12-team fantasy leagues.
Brian Leonard makes impact in passing game | 10/25/2013 12:25 AM
Brian Leonard had just one carry for seven yards in Thursday night's Week 8 loss to the Panthers.
Leonard played on all third downs over Mike James and was a factor in the passing game, finishing with six catches for 32 yards on seven targets. Even with Doug Martin (shoulder) out indefinitely, he remains off the fantasy radar.
Brian Leonard scores his 2nd preseason TD | 08/24/2013 10:23 PM
Bucs RB/FB Brian Leonard rushed ten times for 38 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night's third preseason game at Miami.
He added one catch for no gain. Although Peyton Hillis and rookie Mike James are also in the mix, Leonard was the starting tailback with Doug Martin (head) held out against the Dolphins as a precaution. Through three preseason games, Leonard has 16 carries for 61 yards (3.81 YPC) and two touchdowns. He's caught two passes. Leonard may be the slight favorite for snaps were Martin to suffer an in-season injury, but it's a handcuff situation to avoid.
Bucs see Brian Leonard as third-down option | 07/24/2013 9:09 AM
The Bucs see Brian Leonard as a third-down option.
Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs' backfield is starting to take shape. Doug Martin is going to be an every-down back and the bell cow. When he needs a breather on early downs, Michael Smith or Peyton Hillis will come on. When he asks out on third downs, Leonard will get the call. None of these backup-caliber players are a threat to Martin's projected workload.
Bucs sign Brian Leonard to 1-year deal | 04/01/2013 3:43 PM
Buccaneers signed RB/FB Brian Leonard to a one-year contract.
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Leonard, 29, rushed 33 times for 106 yards (3.21 YPC) and caught 11 passes for 67 yards last year. A workmanlike journeyman, Leonard can play fullback and pick up the blitz, but he's not going to help Tampa as a ball carrier or receiver. Leonard figures to compete for time with D.J. Ward and FB Erik Lorig. Leonard played college ball at Rutgers under current Bucs coach Greg Schiano.