Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber is known for taking care of the football throughout his three NFL seasons. However, it’s what Barber allowed to be taken away in the offseason that is of importance.
This after police in Atlanta, Georgia, say early Saturday morning that car thieves broke into Barber’s SUV and stole numerous items including his team issued tablet or computer, which apparently, may or may not have the new Buccaneers playbook information on it.
Thieves who stole NFL player’s playbook are also accused of breaking into a second vehicle. Police told me they stole a Dell laptop from the sedan parked outside Buckhead high-rise https://t.co/ShP2CRhCSy
— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) February 24, 2019
Barber, who’s from the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta and played collegiately at Auburn, was in town this weekend and staying at the Post Alexander luxury tower building in Buckhead, when police say he was victimized.
Authorities apparently have some surveillance video of five car thieves, who apparently broke into several vehicles, including Barber’s Jeep Wrangler. The station said the police report filed listed the clothes, the tablet and even Barber’s passport that were stolen out of the vehicle.
WSB interviewed residents in the building and neighbors around the area, who said car burglaries are actually common recently in that area.
The TV station was unable to reach Barber through his representatives and the Buccaneers told them Saturday night that they “were unaware of the incident.”
The Bucs hired Bruce Arians and a new coaching staff back in January, but it’s unclear how much of a new playbook has already been installed for the players on the devices?
In recent years almost all NFL teams have gone to the convenience of installing plays and video information onto surface tablets or computers that allow players to have that information with them at all times away from the facility. It’s also well known that a team, through the use of the cloud and other technology, can erase things remotely from these tablets and that’s likely what the Buccaneers immediately did after learning of the burglary, etc.
Buccaneers beat writer from the Tampa Bay Times, Rick Stroud reported late Sunday morning that the team told him what was and wasn’t on the tablet:
Bucs say Barber’s surface didn’t have playbook information in it was locked it as soon as it was reported. It contained self scouting offseason videos that every player gets before they head out for offseason. Not the first player to have a tablet lost or stolen. https://t.co/189MVzhbLC
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) February 24, 2019
Barber is an undrafted NFL success story having just completed his third year in Tampa Bay and rushing for a career-high 871 yards and five touchdowns. And, Barber only fumbled once in 234 carries in 2018.
He became the primary ball carrier after the Buccaneers elected to release former starting running back Doug Martin last season offseason.
Barber is currently a restricted free agent, who made $630,000 last season, and the Buccaneers hold his exclusive rights, as a fourth year player for 2019.
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