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| Sims has not been able to live up to the promise he flashed at West Virginia. Most of that can be attributed to an assortment of injuries that have derailed two of his three years as a pro. Even when healthy, Sims has not been able to find the end zone and Tampa's decision to draft a similarly talented player, Jeremy McNichols, shouldn't excite fantasy owners. At best, Sims will overcome his health woes and be used in a limited third-down role unless injuries knock out multiple players above him on the depth chart. Both Sims and McNichols have already dealt with injuries this off-season but are on track to battle with Peyton Barber during training camp. Like most rookie running backs that make their living in the passing game, McNichols faces a steep learning curve in pass protection before getting anywhere close to the field on game day. Barber needed multiple situations to break his way before getting onto the field last season and even then he had paltry results. He is best left on the waiver wire-if he even makes the team out of camp.
|Bucs thinking RBBC to replace Martin now?|
Jacquizz Rodgers set to share work in Weeks 1-3
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jul 31, 8:20 pm
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht told ESPN's Dan Graziano that the Bucs are leaning toward a committee approach at running back during Doug Martin's suspension the first three games of the season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Over the weekend, Licht said Martin would have to earn his starting job back. It was also speculated Jacquizz Rodgers had a realistic shot at holding the job if he performed well in Martin's absence. The most likely scenario is probably one in which Martin returns to 16-18 carry/game workload and loses a series or two every game to Rodgers. Charles Sims and Jeremy McNichols figure to fight over third-down and garbage-time duties.
|Bucs won't guarantee starting RB job to Martin|
Motivational ploy for suspended RB
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Jul 30, 11:01 am
|Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told ESPN on Saturday that Doug Martin was looking good so far in camp and that the team is happy with the way he's handling things, but that the reality of the situation is that Martin's job might not be there for him anymore in Week 4. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jacquizz Rodgers will be the starting running back Weeks 1-3 and it appears the Bucs are attempting to motivate the suspended Martin by not naming him the starter upon his return. Charles Sims has carved out a third-down role and Peyton Barber along with rookie Jeremy McNichols are also in the mix. Martin is risky pick with a current ADP in middle of the 4th round, RB20.