Martin averaged 19.9 carries per game as a rookie and 21.2 carries per game last season before getting hurt.
Even though the
"What I've said is I like Doug a lot. Doug's a good football player," Smith said. "Everywhere I've ever been, if you look at my history, our history, we've played more than one running back. ... One running back just can't make it through the season."
In nine seasons in Chicago as the Bears coach, Smith's leading rusher started all 16 games four times, averaging 14.5 starts. Smith's leading rusher each year accounted for 60.4 percent of his team's total rushing yards in Chicago, averaging 1,055 yards per season.
That statistic comes in contrast to what Martin has known in his short Bucs career -- as a rookie in 2012, he rushed for 1,454 yards, or 79.2 percent of the Bucs' team total; in five games in 2013 before his shoulder injury, he rushed for 82.5 percent of the team's total rushing yards.
Smith dismissed talk of a lesser role for Martin on Tuesday as "chatter," maintaining that he'll still have a central role for the Bucs, even if it's part of a group effort from the running backs.
Tedford said he believes in alternating running backs, and behind Martin is rookie
"I think you have to alternate," Tedford said Tuesday. "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. But I think you at least need to have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy and tat type of thing. 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 played in only six games last season before suffering a shoulder injury against Atlanta that eventually landed him on injured reserve. James and Rainey were both productive as replacement backs. Sims, at 6-foot, 214-pounds, is a bigger back who caught more than 200 passes in college.
When Lovie Smith mentioned to the media that rookie running back
This is important to note, Fantasy fans, because
Naturally, Martin is still going to start and remain the primary rusher for the Bucs so long as he's effective. But we think Sims will be locked into that passing-downs role if he can keep up the good hands through training camp. If Martin were to lose playing time it would not be a lock that Sims would pick up the reps -- this is a team that still has Mike James and Bobby Rainey on it. They can work rushing downs.
Martin is still a Top 12-ish Fantasy running back. Sims is worth a mid- to late-round pick in all leagues, especially and obviously PPR formats.
|P1||8/8/14||@ JAC||7:30 pm|
|P3||8/23/14||@ BUF||4:30 pm|
|3||9/18/14||@ ATL||8:25 pm|
|4||9/28/14||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/2/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/14||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||319||1454||4.6||70||11||11||58|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||6||127||456||3.6||28||1||2||16|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||49||472||9.6||64||1||4||3||18|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||6||12||66||5.5||13||0||0||0||1|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||1||40||40.0||40||0||1|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||2||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
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