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Execs said they would not be surprised if little-used back-up running back LeGarrette Blount of the Bucs was dealt by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Doug Martin has established himself as the starter in Tampa. Blount had a streak of 2 TDs in two games, but after falling short on a couple of tries last week, he seems on the outs and Martin received the in-close chances. Blount could have some value to a team as a big, change of pace back or possibly more. Danny Ware and Michael Smith would move up on the depth chart if Blount got moved.
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Friday, July 20, 2012, 11:23am
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Michael Smith has news for anyone who thinks the battle for lead ball-carrying duties will boil down to a fight between incumbent LeGarrette Blount and first-round draft pick Doug Martin.
"I look at it very differently," said Smith, a seventh-round pick out of Utah State who declared himself a contender following the first round of rookie training camp workouts Thursday at One Buc Place.
"Others may see it (as a two-man race), but I'm not out here just to be a third-down back. I'm going to be out here working and (looking) to start, to play immediately and to make an impact on the team."
Smith will likely start the season behind Blount and Martin, no matter what his expectations are. But should one of them go down, he looks like he could be the lead candidate for the RB3 spot on the Bucs. While he's not worth drafting in normal leagues at the moment, he certainly could be someone to pick up if there's an injury.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 6:11pm
The Buccaneers are likely to make use of a full stable of backs in 2012, as is the practice with most teams in today's NFL. Third-year player LeGarrette Blount is the returning starter and rookie Doug Martin is the prized newcomer, but it would be surprise if either of them failed to earn a significant role in Mike Sullivan's attack. There may also be a significant number of carries available for the likes of Michael Smith, Mossis Madu, Robert Hughes or De'Anthony Curtis.
Will Blount remain the starter or will that job go to Martin…and will that title even matter in the long run? The best-case scenario for the Buccaneers is a rushing attack that proves very potent, which will lead to more carries for everyone involved.
Much of it may depend on how versatile Blount and Martin prove to be. Obviously, being competent in the passing game – both as a receiver and, just as importantly, a blocker in the backfield – will increase the chances for either back to remain on the field for all downs. Martin was seen as that sort of multi-talented every-down back by scouts and analysts before the draft, and Blount is determined to prove that the same description applies to him.
It will also be interesting to see which back emerges as the team's best option in short yardage situations and around the goal line.
Martin is getting a lot of hype but the ideal situation is the team can use both backs - not so ideal for fantasy owners, however. Blount wasn't trusted last year in key situations because of fumbles, so it wouldn't be shocking if Martin emerges as the lead back at some point. Right now, the situation is too far up in the air to use third or fourth round pick on Martin.
LeGarrette Blount taking first-team reps
Thursday, June 14, 2012, 5:35pm
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.