This is one of the few spots where the Bucs feel comfortable with their personnel. The team has a Pro Bowl-caliber starter in Doug Martin, two promising backups in second-year pro Mike James and third-year pro Bobby Rainey, and a host of young prospects with the ability to move up the depth chart. The desire for more speed and the fact Martin (shoulder) and James (ankle) are coming off season-ending injuries could prompt the Bucs to add depth. At fullback, the team has been trying to negotiate a new deal with free agent fullback Erik Lorig for a few weeks now, but there’s a chance Lorig will hit the open market. If he does, the Bucs might need to look for a replacement in free agency.
Bucs under contract for 2014
Jeff Demps – Olympic sprinter certainly has speed the Bucs crave.
Mike James – Versatility has earned comparisons to Earnest Graham.
Doug Martin – Looking to bounce back from a tough sophomore season.
Lonnie Pryor – Could move into fullback role if Lorig is lost.
Bobby Rainey – Ran for 532 yards in final eight games last year.
Michael Smith – Another speed option if he can stay healthy.
Bucs potential free agents
FB Erik Lorig – Three-year starter might look for new home.
FB Spencer Larsen – Experienced veteran might be worth keeping.
RB Brian Leonard – Seldom-used but valuable short-yardage back.
NFL potential free agents
Knowshon Moreno, Broncos – He and Martin would give Bucs great 1-2 punch.
Donald Brown, Colts – Ran 102 times for 537 yards last year.
Rashad Jennings, Raiders – If Raiders let him slip away, Bucs might pounce.
LeGarrette Blount, Patriots – Had best year as rookie with Bucs in 2010.
Darren McFadden, Raiders – Inconsistent, but capable of making big plays.
Today: Running back
Friday: Offensive line
Saturday: Defensive line
Sunday: Wide receiver/tight end
Monday: Defensive back