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Doug Martin passes Blount as Bucs starting tailback

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The Buccaneers opened the preseason rotating running backs LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin with the first-team offense. In Thursday night’s regular-season tuneup against New England, however, Martin started the game for the first time.

The rookie was in the game for Tampa Bay’s entire first possession, operating as an every-down back, and punched it in from a yard out to give the Bucs an early 7-0 lead.

Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times confirms Martin was promoted ahead of Blount based on performance, not due to injury.

Martin played tailback for the Bucs’ entire second possession, as well. Blount was on the sideline.

Barring something unforeseen, Martin will be the Buccaneers’ starting running back on opening day.

And Blount will be a backup.

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14 Responses to “Doug Martin passes Blount as Bucs starting tailback”
  1. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 24, 2012 8:10 PM

    Oh, that’s gonna make him happy.
    Trade demand coming up….
    Is it too late to hold out? Who’s his agent?

  2. dalucks says: Aug 24, 2012 8:11 PM

    I do not think “passes Blount” is appropiate for this headline. It may give off the wrong impression. How about “Doug Martin becomes Bucs starting running back.” That is safer for our viewing audience.

  3. blacknole08 says: Aug 24, 2012 8:12 PM

    I live in Florida so I get all the Bucs games by default (pre-season included). Doug Martin has done everything to win the job: blocks well, catches passes, scores near the goal-line. Blount does none of those things and gets injured.

    Every other rookie is getting a shot to start. Why not?

  4. trbowman says: Aug 24, 2012 8:37 PM

    Granted I haven’t watched him this preseason, but he’s barely averaging 3 yards a carry. How has he been impressive?

  5. dunkindan says: Aug 24, 2012 9:08 PM

    Martin might get a punch to the jaw soon…

  6. weswelkerspornstash says: Aug 24, 2012 9:22 PM

    He had better watch out for that “right cross”

  7. bucforever says: Aug 24, 2012 9:33 PM

    Looks like the longer Martin is in the better he runs! Blount has not been able to find the crease! Good choice! Go Bucs!

  8. jrmehle says: Aug 24, 2012 9:34 PM

    trbowman: He doesn’t have to be impressive. He just has to be better than Blount.

  9. tbtrojan says: Aug 24, 2012 9:37 PM

    Holder is talking out his butt.
    The one & only thing that happened which would alter who starts is Blounts groin injury in the last game which limited him in practice.
    Tampa media loves to report their version of events even if facts don’t back it up.

  10. bucrightoff says: Aug 24, 2012 9:49 PM

    Of course he’s the starter. Browns fans thumb this down all you want but he’s going to be the best all around back in this draft.

  11. goodellsadouche says: Aug 24, 2012 9:54 PM

    LB still has the better over hand right!

  12. fm31970 says: Aug 24, 2012 10:09 PM

    Of course Blount is always injured- have you seen what their QB can do in games. Blount is a good back who get pounded on because he Buc’s front office is inept and can’t find talent to surround him.

    Please Tampa, cut him. The Rams will claim him faster than you can say Donald Igwebuike.

  13. horrificlystoopid says: Aug 25, 2012 8:00 AM

    Is Mark Dominik, the Bucs GM, on his way out?

  14. marima07 says: Aug 25, 2012 9:36 AM

    Doug Martin looked solid and consistent in Friday’s preseason game against the Pats.

    But announcers Randy Cross and Don Criqui still have some work to do this preseason. They kept referring to Martin as a “muscled hamster”.

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