The loss for at least half the season of promising
Martin was deemed the featured back by Lovie Smith in June. The Sims injury could cement his status, though it could also result in increased work for fellow backs
Rainey rushed for 566 yards and five touchdowns last year but averaged 3.8 yards per carry. James ran for 295 yards in nine games, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
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.
"We're going to lean on one guy, but I like the rotation," Smith said of Martin,
Rainey ran for 566 yards and five touchdowns and added a receiving score last season.
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|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||6||11||27||2.5||11||1||0||0||3|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||6||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||39.6|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||1||15||15.0||15||0||0|
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