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Bucs RB Doug Martin says he's back to 100% after being knocked out of last week's preseason game.  He was never diagnosed with a concussion and practice this entire week.  Martin wants to play in the team's 3rd exhibition on Saturday, but the coaching staff hasn't yet decided whether their feature back will suit up.  Regardless, last week's injury isn't a concern, and Martin's fantasy stock is unaffected.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Buccaneers RB Doug Martin said he did not suffer a concussion in Friday night's matchup with the Patriots.  Martin left early after taking a knee to the head while pass-blocking.  Trainers took him to the locker room after a sideline exam, but he passed all concussion tests and said he could have returned were it a real game.  That's obviously terrific news for fantasy owners.  Carry on drafting the little big man early.

Bucs RB Doug Martin left Friday night's preseason game with what's being called a head injury.  That means he'll undergo concussion testing.  The good news is that Martin has no history of concussions.  We'll update his status when we learn more.

Bucs RB Doug Martin said the light bulb flicked on for him around his 4th or 5th game last year.  "Around there. I got a feel for the speed of the game and how quickly the holes close," Martin said. "After that, things started to slow down for me, my vision opened up and I was able to do what I do."   From his 6th game and on, Martin busted off 1,127 rushing yards and 10 scores.  He added another 364 yards and a score in the passing game.  Among RBs, only Adrian Peterson scored more fantasy points over that span.  Martin thinks he's capable of even more in 2013.  "I had a great season last year, and I just want to get better all around," he said. "Whether it's running the ball, in the pass game, catching the ball — just that extra 2 percent to step my game up."  Martin will be sitting among our top-3 RBs when we unveil our 2013 projections in a couple weeks.

The Bucs have placed LG Carl Nicks (toe) on IR.  The big offseason free-agent addition has reportedly been dealing with the toe injury all season.  He played in each of Tampa's first 7 games, though, grading out as Pro Football Focus' 14th-ranked OG.  He was 10th in pass-blocking.  The loss of Nicks is bad news for the Bucs offense, especially RB Doug Martin.

It sounds like Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount could be pushing RB Doug Martin for carries.  “I think LeGarrette has practiced better the last couple weeks,” HC Greg Schiano said. “I think when you prepare better you play better.  Like I’ve said, I think (Blount and Martin) can really play off each other well. They are different styles. They are different body types. I think it can serve the whole offense well for them both to have carries.”  Through 4 games, Martin has out-carried Blount 71 to 13.  Neither guy has been overly effective, with Martin averaging 3.5 yards per carry and Blount at 3.4.  The rookie has seen his carry total drop in each game since the opener, while Blount rushed a season high 6 times last game.  While Martin remains the lead back, we could see Blount steal more work going forward.

Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount looked to have injured his leg in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Panthers.  He didn't touch the ball the rest of the way.  But it's unclear if that was because of the leg or a coach's decision.  "LeGarrette could have gone back in the game," HC Greg Schiano said. "So, let me make that clear. I don't know if we're all certain on what's ailing LeGarrette. He came out of the game and we thought it was his leg. We're not sure… I think he's okay."  It certainly sounds like Schiano is challenging Blount's toughness.  The big back continues to dig himself a deeper hole.  Rookie Doug Martin is safely locked-in as Tampa's feature back.

Bucs RG Davin Joseph suffered a broken kneecap in Friday night's preseason game against the Patriots.  He's expected to be sidelined about 3 months but could end up being placed on IR.  Joseph graded out just 48th in Pro Football Focus' 2011 OG rankings, but he was expected to be a key part of Tampa's power run-blocking line this season.  His loss is bad news for RB Doug Martin, although Ted Larsen is a capable replacement.  The Bucs' offensive line still projects as an above-average unit.

Update: Further testing revealed a torn petallar tendon.  Joseph is done for the year.

Bucs RB Doug Martin got the start in the teams 3rd preseason game and was the clear-cut lead back.  He was on the field for 6 of the 1st-team offense's 7 possessions.  He carried 13 times for 53 yards, adding 23 more yards on 3 catches.  RB LeGarrette Blount subbed in for 1 series with the starters, carrying just 3 times for 7 yards.  Even more importantly, it was Martin who got the rock at the 1-yard line.  He punched it in the end zone on his first try.  The rookie has emerged as the clear-cut lead back in Tampa's run-heavy offense.  He's looking at 18+ touches per game and should be a steady RB2 for fantasy teams.  We were expecting Martin to win this battle all along, so our projections for Tampa's backfield are unchanged.

Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount (groin) was back on the practice field on Monday.  He was expected to be sidelined for at least a week, but it looks like the injury turned out to be very minor.  Blount also probably feels like he needs to stay on the field to keep up with RB Doug Martin.  It looks like those 2 guys will share early-down carries to open the season.  Martin will play on passing downs, though, and we're expecting him to see more and more action as the season wears on.  We still like the rookie as a RB2.  Blount could serve as a RB3 or flex in non-PPR formats

Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount avoided a serious groin injury in this past weekend's preseason game, but HC Greg Schiano hinted that Blount is unlikely to play in the team's 3rd exhibition this Friday.  “I don’t know how long [Blount will be out], but I don’t think it’s going to be serious,” Schiano said. “Will it be this week? I don’t know, but I don’t think it will be an extended period of time.”  Blount's absence will give rookie RB Doug Martin a chance for exclusive work with the 1st-team offense.  With an impressive performance, he should lock up lead back duties.

Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount left Friday night's game against the Titans with a groin injury. He was on the ground for a while before slowing limping off the field. He was later spotted walking around on the sidelines, and HC Greg Schiano said afterwards that the injury isn't believed to be serious. Still, any missed time could be enough for RB Doug Martin to solidify his spot as the lead back. The rookie looked better last night than his 7-for-23 stat line would indicate. Blount finished with just 11 yards on 8 totes -- and he dropped a pass.

Bucs insider Stephen Holder believes RB LeGarrette Blount "evened the score" with RB Doug Martin with his performance in Friday night's preseason game.  Displaying more burst than last year, Blount ripped off 30 yards and a score on 7 carries.  Martin, meanwhile, managed just 21 yards on his 7 totes, although he also scored a TD and had an impressive 10-yard run.  Tampa is clearly giving Blount a chance to hang on to a significant role though.  Martin had been outplaying him in camp and is still the favorite to lead this backfield in touches.  But Blount isn't going away quietly.  This will be a situation to monitor closely over the next month.

Bucs HC Greg Schiano was pretty forthcoming when asked if he expects rookie Doug Martin to be his starting RB this season.  "Sure hope so," Schiano responded.  "Yeah. I mean [he's] been doing very well in camp. And, you know, I think [he's] really talented and picks things up very quickly... So, that’s our hope. That’s our plan. But you know you can’t make stuff happen. It’s got to happen on the field. But I think it will."  This is nothing more than confirmation.  Martin was hand-picked by Schiano to serve as the bell cow in his run-heavy attack.  The rookie should see 15+ carries per game, plus all the passing-down work.  That'll make him a high-upside RB2.  LeGarrette Blount, meanwhile, figures to serve as a short-yardage pounder.  He's not starting material in fantasy.

Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount is listed as the starter on the team's first depth chart.  Doug Martin is the #2 back.  Chalk this up as a case of Tampa making Martin earn his starting spot.  But the rookie has taken the majority of the 1st-team reps in camp and has clearly been the best RB on the field.  Expect him to pass Blount within the next couple weeks.  Still, this should serve as a reminder that Blount isn't going away.  He could still see 8-12 touches per game in HC Greg Schiano's run-heavy offense.  That would give him RB3 or flex potential.

Bucs RB Doug Martin has been the star of camp so far.  "He is showcasing his quick burst at the line of scrimmage, showing his ability to decisively hit holes, then use his speed to make defenders miss in the second level," beat writer Stephen Holder observed.  Scott Reynolds of the Pewter Report has also been impressed by the rookie's skill-set: "Martin has been one of the stars of camp and has done virtually everything right from running with decisiveness, quickness and authority to catching the ball cleanly to being as good as advertised in pass protection."  Most importantly, Martin has been receiving the bulk of the 1st-team reps and already appears to have a clear lead on RB LeGarrette Blount for the starting job.  Martin could flirt with 300 touches in Tampa's run-heavy attack.  We like him as a high-end RB2 this year.

It sounds like it's not taking Bucs rookie Doug Martin long to establish himself as the team's lead back.  "If today's practice suggests anything it's that Doug Martin looks like Bucs primary RB," beat writer Stephen Holder tweeted.  Holder cautioned that it's just one practice and still too early to pass serious judgment, but Martin's ascension isn't surprising.  He was hand-picked by new Bucs HC Greg Schiano and looks like a perfect fit in the offense.  RB LeGarrette Blount is still around and could siphon goal line carries, but Martin remains the odds-on favorite to lead the backfield in touches.

According to Bucs insider Rick Stroud, RB LeGarrette Blount's commitment has been lacking since he joined the team in 2010. Blount has consistently been late to team meetings and fallen asleep during film study. He may have gotten away with it under HC Raheem Morris, but it won't fly under hard-nosed HC Greg Schiano. Maybe the addition of 1st-round rookie RB Doug Martin will be the kick in the pants Blount needs. But we think the more likely scenario is that Martin zooms by Blount in the pecking order. We'll see how the backfield shapes up over the next month.

One key difference to Bucs camp this year over last is expected to be a lot more competition. The Tampa Bay Times reports that there will be many more camp battles for positions, both in the starting lineup and among backups. The most important for fantasy owners will be the fight for backfield touches between rookie Doug Martin and incumbent LeGarrette Blount. The latter heads into camp as the apparent #1, but Martin has already drawn strong reviews. We still like Martin significantly more because he enters the league a better pass catcher and blocker than Blount. Martin's no sissy between the tackles either. Even if Blount falls to 2nd, though, the competition should be good for him. He seems like the kind of player who can use the added motivation. Blount could turn into a fantasy sleeper in what should be a run-heavy offense. His 9th-round ADP is unlikely to climb too much higher unless he wins the starting job. At the least, that puts him in decent handcuff range for Martin owners.

According to Pewter Report, Bucs RB coach Earnest Byner has liked what he has seen so far from rookie RB Doug Martin as a blocker. That's significant, because pass blocking is often an early knock with young RBs and something that can threaten to take them off the field. In this case, however, it's an area LeGarrette Blount has publicly conceded he needs to improve. The Bucs have yet to begin padded practices, so we'll see how the pass blocking stacks up come training camp. But it could be a mark in favor of the rookie over the incumbent -- especially on 3rd downs.

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