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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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    Ugggh. This is not good news. Sims is a good player but he is not Martin. Hopefully Barber and Rodgers can make a difference.

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    This is exactly why i was against signing Martin to a lucrative long term deal. He just cant stay healthy.

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      The real problem is he is a franchise running back, and we simply do not have anyone on this team that can get 1400 yds a year like he can.

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    Stocker hurt? Yawn , next!

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      Hey Jon! Good to see you. I knew Stocker would bring you out of hiding. haha

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    Who did u suggest replacing martin with who is immune to injuries and is better, wnb035, Adrian Peterson?
    Guy like you who post moronic things like that who try to make yourselves look smart just prove the opposite.
    I will take back my remarks and apologize if you could come up with a suitable replacement in last years FA pool.

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      Well in his defense Dr, Dougie IS injury prone. That’s a fact. As for running backs from free agency, Lamar Miller comes to mind. Never missed game and is much more dynamic than Dougie. Not saying Dougie isn’t good. It’s just that this is the risk you run with him. Injuries happen all of the time at anytime. But there is no doubt, some players are more injury riddled than others.

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        cgmaster27, That’s who I wanted Tampa to sign (miller). Even Forte, blount, or Morris would have been good pick ups until we can draft another RB. I really liked Elliot and Henry in this last draft. Every running back gets hurt occasionally in the NFL. Doug has spent half of his NFL career hurt. That’s not someone you want to give a big payday to. Don’t get me wrong, I thing Dougie is a great RB when healthy but he never stays healthy. At least there should be at least 3 good RBs in next years draft(McCaffery, Chubb,& fournette).

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      You do not overpay for a RB…Period. Especially a player that has a history of injury. The Bucs could have drafted Jordan Howard in the 5th, which would have cost around $700k. So they would have saved $7 million, that could have used for the offensive line. And a better Offensive Line makes not only all RBs better but more importantly, the QB better. My prediction, is that you will not see much difference in the running game without Martin. I’m not comparing to last year, which was outlier. See how Martin did against a poor defense in Altanta vs Buc RBs do vs better defenses in Rams, Broncos & Panthers.

      Look at the Patriots, they do not overpay.

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    Three weeks is probably best case; I’m leaning more to 4-6 weeks. We need to pass short to the Dunkaneers in this game. Shuttle passes might work too and of course the deep pass. More than anything we need a pass rush and that’s probably meaning blitzes. Go Bucs!

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    You won’t see Doug on the field for 5 more weeks because the Bucs have a bye week after their game with Carolina. I haven’t heard Lamar Miller’s name being mentioned much so I doubt if he is setting the league on fire. Besides, Miller was used sparingly by the Dolphins so there is no telling how he will fare if he is used as a featured back.
    Magoobee, you think like Hugh Culverhouse who was always about saving money.

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      FYI Lamar Miller is the 5th leading rusher in the NFL through the first 2 weeks. He is avg 95 ypg.

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        3 of the top 5 rushers through the first 2 weeks were FAs (Forte, Blount, and Miller).

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    Unbelievable how visionary people can profess to be when looking in the rear view mirror. Injuries are a part of the NFL. I suspect all have had injuries at some point during their careers. Heck, our opponent’s star RB, Todd Gurley entered the Draft while in rehabilitation. Yet here in Bucville we just can’t wait to BOOOOOO! a boo boo. Even our best players are subject to the wrath. I wonder if Giants fans want to send Victor Cruz on a permanent cruise to the Caribbean after nearly two years on the mend. Of course Cowboys fans are in “Tony who” mode so I guess we’re not alone in our willingness to pull the plug. You folks could have a career predicting accidents. Morgan and Morgan could start the law suits early. Good grief!

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      Scudog, there is a difference between the occasional injury and being injury prone. When you are injured for half of your NFL career, that’s injury prone. You don’t pay someone top 10 money at there position when they are injury prone or injured for half of there NFL career. I bet if Victor Cruz was making top 10 money at his position, the giants fans would be sending him on a permanent cruise to the Caribbean. Cruz contract is up at the end of the season. Do you really think the Giants are going to pay him anything close to top 20 at his position or any team for that matter? No they are not. Why? Because of his track record of being injured. I love Douggie and think he is a great RB when healthy but the problem is he is only healthy 50% of the time. I will take a less talented RB who is healthy 90% of his career over a great RB who is healthy for 50% of his career.

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      My friend, who runs a FFL site, and I were talking way before the season about which of these players would get less snaps this season (Romo, RGIII, Doug Martin, Arian Foster). Why? because they are always injured. Does not take a crystal ball. History repeats itself.

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    Great post and perspective scubog. I’m not a big fan of chip Kelly’s but when he stated, “all players are going to get injured, it’s just a matter of when and for how long,” I realized how truthful the statement was.
    NFL football s a very brutal sport which is one of the reasons we watch it. With human bodies colliding against each other at record speed the question shouldn’t be, “how come there are so many injuries in the NFL,” but perhaps, rather, “how come there aren’t more injuries in the NFL.”

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