Bucs RB Doug Martin - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Buccaneers running game has been hit or miss this season – with a lot more miss than hit – unless you including being hit behind the line of scrimmage.
With a struggling rushing attack, the Bucs have made starter Doug Martin inactive for today’s game against the Saints. Jacquizz Rodgers, who was inactive last week against the Cowboys, will see more action, along with rookie Peyton Barber and Charles Sims.
Since returning from a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 2 against the Cardinals, Martin is only averaging 2.9 yards per carry.
There was no official reason for Martin being inactive from the team. But it appears Martin is a healthy scratch as he did not show up on the team’s injury report this week.
Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman just noted on Twitter a possible explantation could be there was an illness going around the locker room this past week.
Other inactives for Saturday are Demar Dotson, Gosder Cherilus, Will Gholston, along with John Hughes, Ryan Griffin and Bernard Reedy.
With both Cherilus and Dotson out the Bucs appear to be leaning towards starting Kevin Pamphile at right tackle, and Evan Smith moving to his guard position. The other option would be undrafted free agent rookie Leonard Wester.
UPDATE: According to Roy Cummings, GM Jason Licht told WDAE’s pre-game coverage said Martin being inactive was a coaches decision.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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