Bucs RB Doug Martin is expected to battle veteran running back LeGarrette Blount for playing time.
Martin who ran for 1,290 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior at Boise State, also is expected to be an upgrade in the passing game at the running back position after showing off his hands while in college. With 715 yards receiving in his career, Martin is confident he can be an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield.
“I don’t have any favorites," said head coach Greg Schiano. "You know I shouldn’t say that. I think Josh (Freeman) is the favorite to be quarterback. Most positions we will dish out the reps in an appropriate manner and then we will see where the chips fall.”
Schiano can't really say he has a favorite at this point, but it's a safe bet Martin can be a big part of the Bucs offense with his pass-catching abilities alone. And, no one would be surprised if it's Martin who gets a great workload at some point this season. Martin ranks 27th on our PPR RB list, but his ADP is the 4th round. He's getting a lot of hype so don't expect him to last too long in your draft. We'd like the rookie to at least win the starting job before we spend a 4th round pick on him with other proven commodities like Reggie Bush available in that part of the draft.