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    • michael89156

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      Earnest Byner thinks Doug Martin will be a better receiver By Sander Philipse?@Sanderrp Jul 17 2014,    9:25pmbyner_zps529b94b7.pngMatt Stamey-US PRESSWIREEarnest Byner thinks Doug Martin should get more of a chance as a pass-catcher. I'm a little doubtful that's going to actually happen, though. Earnest Byner may be the greatest running backs coach who ever lived, he was fired along with every other coach this past January. Too bad. Shouldn't have accepted a job under Greg Schiano, I guess? But the veteran running back(s coach) did some really good things for the Bucs, mentoring Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey -- a group that will compete with Charles Sims for carries this season. Byner appeared on the Overtime Ireland podcast to discuss his history, and they touched on Doug Martin as well. "I got a chance to really spend some of that individual time with him. And I could see in rookie minicamp that this guy had a chance to be one of the special guys. He's a freak. He's a little bit like [Maurice Jones-Drew], a little like [Chris Johnson], because those guys have a little something that's a little bit different. Doug in my opinion can be a better receiver than what he's shown the first few years. He has an opportunity to actually go out, spread out and make some plays, do some of the things Maurice [Jones-Drew] did." Praise for Doug Martin is nothing new, but it's always good to hear. What's more interesting is Byner's conviction that the Buccaneers should use him in more of a pass-catching role. Meanwhile, they drafted Charles Sims largely because he's versatile and a very good pass-catcher. Using Martin as a consistent receiver doesn't make much sense to me, either. His short stature and seemingly short arms make life tough on him as a receiver, and the numerous drops last season don't exactly instill confidence. He's very good when he can get the ball behind the line of scrimmage, but I haven't seen him produce as a receiver running downfield routes. That doesn't mean he can't do it, but it's not his ideal role. Doug Martin will at least be the team's lead back this season. The Bucs have already committed to a committee backfield, and other players will certainly get carries. Charles Sims seems most likely to earn a chance as a receiving back, but that's not certain to happen either. Training camp should give us a better idea of what to expect at this position.link

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    • Anonymous

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      God, just not the wheel routes.  The midget tries to sky for those and always lands awkwardly, or takes a shot.  Just throw some well designed screens his way from time to time, give him a Kregg Lumpkin, settle into a flat spot in the zone and wait…

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    • Anonymous

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      God, just not the wheel routes.  The midget tries to sky for those and always lands awkwardly, or takes a shot.  Just throw some well designed screens his way from time to time, give him a Kregg Lumpkin, settle into a flat spot in the zone and wait...

      Lumpkin... the best spin move ive ever witnessed on TV!  :P

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    • Anonymous

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      I don’t think I’ve seen any RB catch passes as well as last year’s offense expected him to. Look at the play he was hurt on. How often do you see RBs make that catch? They were throwing passes like that at least 5 times a game. Settle for the easy stuff and make him earn his yards.

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    • Anonymous

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      I don't think I've seen any RB catch passes as well as last year's offense expected him to. Look at the play he was hurt on. How often do you see RBs make that catch? They were throwing passes like that at least 5 times a game. Settle for the easy stuff and make him earn his yards.

      Exactly. And when I slammed the coaches for calling those stupid wheel routes that were getting him crushed out there, the usual suspects came out and said “gotta try…we can’t just scrap that play because he got hurt”…bullspit. I watched him land awkwardly on the most ridiculous routes and errant throws and it made me cringe each time. He had a nice catch in one game against the Panthers and I’m surprised Keeks didn’t blow hamsters ribcage to smithereens. And there were more than just one stupid deep route throws to Martin. And they all looked awful. He won't be doing that under Smith. Screens and safety valves?  Yes. But no way are they lobbing it thirty yards downfield for Hamster any longer. Thank god.

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    • Anonymous

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      God, just not the wheel routes.  The midget tries to sky for those and always lands awkwardly, or takes a shot.  Just throw some well designed screens his way from time to time, give him a Kregg Lumpkin, settle into a flat spot in the zone and wait...

      Wheel routes are all about ball placement. I'm sure Doug could catch one from a QB capable of putting the ball on the money instead of forcing him to become a contortionist.

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    • Anonymous

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      Dougie caught that deep ball very well; unfortunately, he wasn’t used to it and landed awkwardly and was out for the season. 

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    • Anonymous

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      God, just not the wheel routes.  The midget tries to sky for those and always lands awkwardly, or takes a shot.  Just throw some well designed screens his way from time to time, give him a Kregg Lumpkin, settle into a flat spot in the zone and wait...

      Lumpkin... the best spin move ive ever witnessed on TV!  :P

      video?

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    • Anonymous

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      Too bad they canned the whole staff. I wouldn’t mind keeping Earnest around. The RB’s seemed to respond well to him.

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