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New Bucs OC Jeff Tedford plans to 'alternate' RBs in Tampa backfield

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Doug Martin will likely be splitting carries this season with Bobby Rainey and Mike James. (USATSI)
Doug Martin will likely be splitting carries this season with Bobby Rainey and Mike James. (USATSI)

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If Doug Martin and his 1,454 rushing yards helped carry you to a fantasy football title in 2012, you better make other plans to win your league championship this season. Based on comments made by new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, it doesn't sound like anyone in the Buccaneers backfield will be putting up big numbers in 2014.

Tedford said on Tuesday that his plan for next season is to rotate runners in the backfield. The former Cal head coach also said he doesn't think one back can carry the load.

"I think you have to alternate," Tedford said, via the Tampa Bay Times. "Even when we had two, 1,000-yard rushers [at California], J.J. Arrington was a 2,000-yard rusher and and we had a couple times guys had a thousand yards apiece. But I don't believe that one back can carry the load. It's just too physical. I think you probably need to have two to three guys to bring different things to the table."

Fortunately for Tedford, the Buccaneers have two or three guys who bring different things to the table in Martin, Bobby Rainey and Mike James. There's also 2014 third-round pick Charles Sims.

At least two of those guys can expect to get a serious amount of carries next season.

"I think you at least need to have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy and that type of thing," Tedford said. "That's the goal to try and create some depth right there where there's not a dropoff when one guy comes in and another guy goes out. There's no dropoff. We just keep going."

Martin carried the ball 319 times in 2012 and he was on pace for 290 carries in 2013 before he went down with a shoulder injury in Week 7. Under Tedford's plan, there's a chance the Bucs won't have anyone reach the 200-carry mark in 2014, so draft your fantasy team accordingly.

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