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Bucs Q&A: Why do the Bucs depend on a small running back?

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 02:14 PM

Q: Why do the Bucs expect success running the ball with a small back and no fullback as lead blocker?

— MOJO

A: Doug Martin is not necessarily a small back. He's a powerfully built back with good vision, the ability to make good cuts and the strength to break tackles. That's one reason they think he can be successful running without the aid of a lead blocker. The other is their offensive line. They believe it's good enough, even without RG Davin Joseph, to open holes for their runners, and it should be. The loss of one player from a unit that has two remaining Pro Bowlers and plenty of experience should not result in the problems the Bucs have had running the ball. Obviously there are some big fixes that have to take place here, and they have to get to work fixing them.

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