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Old 10-31-2017, 23:45   #1
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Lovie Smith confirms Doug Martin is Bucs

It's been three years since Doug Martin's breakout rookie season in 2012, but Bucs coach Lovie Smith gave the struggling running back a vote of confidence Monday.Smith confirmed that Martin will open the season as the starting running back ahead of Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James.MORE: Martin may still have competition in the backfield| Tamba Hali Jersey Bucsuniforms amongworst in NFC"Definitely a key for us,"Smith said via the Tampa Bay Times. "We talked about being able to establish the run. Doug will be the lead guy doing Eric Berry Jersey that, so it's very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing."Martin has struggled with injuries over the last two seasons. Hisyardage totals dropped to 456 and 494 a far cry from the 1,454 he produced as a rookie.But Martin feels he can become an eliteback again."I already feel that way; I've always felt that way," Martin said. "I've had to deal with nagging injuries. That's Kareem Hunt Jersey not an excuse. I need to keep my body in shape and do the things out here that the coaches want me to do and play my role, and things will fall into place."MORE: Jameis Winston namedBucsstarting quarterbackMartin has been working hard to get back in shape this offseason, as he tries to shed some weight (listed at 223 pounds) and keep his body healthy something coach Smith expects him to do."Last year, none of us performed the way we needed to," Smith said via Tampa Bay Times. "I just know Doug has been great through the offseason program. Seems like Dustin Colquitt Jersey he is running hard out there right now. No complaints. Again, he, like the rest of us, plans on performing a lot better this year and he'll get an opportunity to."
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