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Doug Martin to be Tampa’s “bell cow” after injuries to Sims, James


Over the course of the offseason, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford each said that the team wanted to use a variety of running backs this season in order to keep Doug Martin fresh and healthy after his 2013 season came to an early end with a shoulder injury.

As the old saying goes, though, man plans and the injury rate for running backs in the NFL laughs. The Bucs have lost rookie Charles Sims for much of the season to an ankle injury and Mike James is sidelined by a shoulder injury, cutting what was once a deep backfield down to Martin and Bobby Rainey. According to Smith, the result will be a familiar role for Martin.

“With Mike James going down with an injury and with Charles going down, [Martin and Rainey]┬áneed to play at a certain level,” Smith said, via the Associated Press. “They’re both good players, but Doug is our bell cow. He likes that role. He’s had a good camp, hasn’t missed a beat.”

If that’s going to work out, the Bucs are going to need to sort out their issues at guard sooner rather than later because there’s only so many times you can send a back into a swarm of defenders before he doesn’t get back up.

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12 Responses to “Doug Martin to be Tampa’s “bell cow” after injuries to Sims, James”
  1. turbolove says: Aug 22, 2014 12:46 PM

    Muscle Hamster!

  2. rayjay9393 says: Aug 22, 2014 12:56 PM

    his injury took so long. wish him success

  3. 6ball says: Aug 22, 2014 1:04 PM

    Will not be appearing on “America’s Got Talent”

  4. gofor2with3pointlead says: Aug 22, 2014 1:16 PM

    If I may, a piece of advice to the Tampa Guards, whomever they might be. Bury the dude in front of you and things will tend to take care of themselves after that.

  5. bucrightoff says: Aug 22, 2014 1:17 PM

    Really looking forward to having James and Martin both healthy. Definitely was impressed by James last year and think he and Martin can make a great 1-2 combo.

  6. bunjy96 says: Aug 22, 2014 1:21 PM

    With no guards to block for him, he’ll join Sims on IR sooner than later.

  7. holla2626 says: Aug 22, 2014 1:23 PM

    This guy is going to get so beat up in that offense. At least he will get to tear up the Falcons.

  8. seadawgs72 says: Aug 22, 2014 1:41 PM

    Watched Martin at Boise St. Huge fan.

  9. nostalgicsound says: Aug 22, 2014 1:45 PM

    Well this changes his fantasy draft stock. Will be a good pick up in a late round.

  10. bassplucker says: Aug 22, 2014 1:49 PM

    A cow? I thought he was a hamster? What is it?

  11. zackd2 says: Aug 22, 2014 1:57 PM

    Bell cow, running into two non-NFL guards

    Good luck “FA winners”

  12. 941bucs says: Aug 22, 2014 2:36 PM

    He should be “the man” anyways…kid is high explosive dual purpose

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