Buccaneers | Doug Martin looking good, but coach wants to see same in games
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin, as an update to previous reports, is looking the part of a primary running back. Not only is he seeing the large majority of the first-team snaps, he is also staying on the field for third-down/pass-protection snaps. Pass-protection work is an area Martin's competition, LeGarrette Blount, has previously struggled. Martin, a rookie first-round draft choice, has shown a quick burst at the line of scrimmage, is hitting holes decisively and using his speed to make defenders miss once he hits the second layer of a defense.
Head coach Greg Schiano made it a point to say the players haven't played in a live game yet. "You look at them in protection and carrying the ball, but until they have to break a tackle, make someone miss in a game when they're getting tackled live, it's awfully hard to evaluate," Schiano said.
Stephen Holder, of the Tampa Bay Times, notes despite Martin looking the part, it does not mean that Blount is the No. 2 running back; nor does it mean that Blount won't have an important role in the Buccaneers offense this season.
2012-07-29 16:45:20 | Source: Tampa Bay Times - Stephen Holder
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