Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount has been taking the majority of the first-team reps throughout the OTAs (organized team activities) and the three-day mandatory mini-camp with Doug Martin being worked in with the starters occasionally, along with other running backs Mossis Madu and Michael Smith, the team’s seventh-round draft pick this year.
Everyone expects Martin to overtake Blount eventually, but he's being drafted as if he has already won the starting gig. The scouts love Martin, but his college production (namely his 4.9 YPC against inferior competition in the Mountain West Conference) doesn't really measure up. Don't forget that Blount rushed for 977 yards and five TDs in the final 11 games of the 2010 season, and at that point he looked like one of the most promising young RBs in the league. He didn't suddenly forget how to run. He's not good in pass protection, but if Martin falters and Blount runs like it's 2010, he'll hold onto the starting job.