There are a few way to ride momentum. One way is in the form of morale of the team, knowing the spirits are up after a big win like the Buccaneer had against the New York Giants on Sunday. Another is by adding strength to strength. The Bucs are doing both as they’ve officially re-activated running back Doug Martin to the roster following his suspension.

In order to make room for Martin on the active 53-man roster, the Bucs have waived tight end Alan Cross.

Martin missed the final game of the 2016 season and the first three games of the 2017 season due to a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. During the offseason, with the three-game suspension of Martin looming, we weren’t even sure if this team was going to hold on to the 28-year-old, former All Pro. Throughout the process, however, this team seemed to be committed to Martin, not only as a person with his well being, but in his status as a Buccaneers.

In 2012 and 2015, Doug Martin was a Top 5 running back in the NFL with more than 1,400 rushing yards in each of those season. However, Martin also has just as many seasons in which injures prohibited him from getting even 500 total rushing yards.

Martin re-joins a team that is 26th in the league in rushing, averaging just over 84 yards per game. Jacquizz Rodgers has been the team’s starting back with 165 yards on 40 carries and Peyton Barber comes in second on that list with 49 yards on 12 carries (both averaging just over 4.0 yards per carry).

Though the Bucs have had some success with those players, along with Charles Sims as a third down back, it’s obvious that the team has been looking forward to having their do-it-all, dynamic back, Martin, behind their offensive line again.

He’s back, he’s rested, and he’ll have his sights set on the Patriots on Thursday night.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Just in time.

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  2. I would have cut Sims, don’t understand the Bucs love affair with him.

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    • sims is a actually pretty good at making plays in space he just needs to be better running in between the tackles, i think he would actually be a pretty good slot receiver catching little screens and bubbles routs.

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    • i think the bucs are set at TE why keep an extra with both Brate and Howard making serious impacts

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  3. I thought Cross would be the most logical pick. Go Bucs!

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  4. Much to the surprise of Steve Dumig.

    This is probably Doug Martin’s last chance to show he can be relied upon. As Gary Moore would say on that old To Tell the Truth show, “Will the real Doug Martin please stand up.” My guess is that # 22 is eager to make his apologies to his teammates by his stellar play on the field. I think he starts the game and from that point see how it goes.

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  5. Happy to see Doug Martin back! As far as the NE game goes J.Rodgers should start. Doug should get 10 to 15 carries. Rushing a running back in after a 4 week layoff is sometimes risky to him and the team ,ball security for one and Doug pulling a hamstring is another.

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    • One other thing Alan Cross if we get him back could help on short yardage situations. The Bucs need a jumbo backfield! 3 times to get less than one yard come on.

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  6. One other thing Alan Cross if we get him back could help on short yardage situations. The Bucs need a jumbo backfield! 3 times to get less than one yard come on.

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