Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    CAR @ TB

    09/07/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 2

    STL @ TB

    09/14/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 3

    TB @ ATL

    09/18/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 4

    TB @ PIT

    09/28/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    TB @ NO

    10/05/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    BAL @ TB

    10/12/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    bye

  • Week 8

    MIN @ TB

    10/26/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    TB @ CLE

    11/02/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    ATL @ TB

    11/09/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    TB @ WAS

    11/16/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    TB @ CHI

    11/23/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    CIN @ TB

    11/30/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    TB @ DET

    12/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    TB @ CAR

    12/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    GB @ TB

    12/21/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    NO @ TB

    12/28/14

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

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ERRICT RHETT: THE HOLDOUT THAT ENDED HIS CAREER

Errict Rhett was a superstar running back for the Florida Gators and a second round, 34th overall, selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1994 NFL Draft. Errict Rhett had the potential to be one of the greatest running backs the NFL had ever seen, but a holdout for money would be the undoing to all that potential. 

Rhett is a player that has faded from memory for a lot of people, but I remember him as being a beast for the Florida Gators. The Gators have produced some of the greatest running backs in the NFL like Fred Taylor, Neal Anderson and of course Emmitt Smith. Although, Errict Rhett was the best running back to ever play at Florida, and he is still their all-time leader in yards. Here is how he stacks up to Emmitt Smith, who ranks second all-time behind Rhett. 

1. Errict Rhett: 1990-1993, Total Yards: 5393 yards (4163 rushing, 1230 rec) 34 td
2. Emmitt Smith: 1987-1989, Total Yards: 4391 yards (3928 rush, 463 rec) 36 td

When the Buccaneers selected Rhett in 1994, they were coming off a 5-11 season, and lacked any real firepower on offense. The Florida star stepped in and was welcomed with open arms in his home state, and did not disappoint with his rookie performance. Rhett became the starter halfway through the season, and finished with 1,011 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. The following season he had 1,207 rushing yards, while scoring 11 times. The feat was made even more impressive when you consider that the Bucs offensive line was one of the worst in the league at the time. Rhett also ran for 192 yards against the Redskins, which was the third best rushing game in team history. 

Heading into the 1996 season Rhett was under contract for $336,000, which was only $130,000 more than the lowest-paid running back in the league. So for a player that had been as effective as he was, it seemed fitting that he would want to holdout for a better deal. For Rhett, that was complicated by the fact that his agent was Drew Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus was known for dramatic holdouts to get his clients more money, but just about every general manager in the league also hated him. There was yet another issue with complicated things, and that was Buccaneers new head coach Tony Dungy.

Rhett, Rosenhaus and the Buccaneers were unable to reach an agreement before the start of the 1996 season. It was reported that Rhett turned down a six-year contract worth $2.3M per year. Rosenhaus was pushing for $3M per year with a $5M signing bonus, and thus began Errict’s 93-day holdout. Rhett, through Rosenhaus, said that he would not play unless he got a contract extension. Then Rosenhaus demanded the Bucs trade Rhett before the trade deadline that season, and that fell upon deaf ears as well. In the end, Rhett got nothing, and returned to the team under his same original contract.

When he returned to the team, he was not welcomed back with open arms. Tony Dungy was the new head coach, and his star running back had held out for half of the season on him. As far as Dungy was concerned, he did not need him. Errict would only run for 539 yards and three scores, with 3.1 YPC average. After the season ended, Dungy and the Buccaneers began to move the team in another direction.

The Buccaneers had drafted Mike Alstott in 1996 as a fullback to block for Rhett, but with Rhett missing games he was also used a lot as a rusher. Tony Dungy liked him so much, that he did not feel he needed the 5’11” 210 pound Rhett anymore. In 1997, with the 12th overall pick the Bucs looked to replace the former Florida star, with a then current Florida State star, Warrick Dunn. That pick was a death sentence for Rhett in Tampa. He did play the following season, but only had 31 carries for 96 yards and three scores in 11 games played. Dunn became the feature back, and Rhett was never the same player again.

The story of Errict Rhett did not have a good ending, and Rhett has only himself and his trust in Drew Rosenhaus to thank for that. It was poor decision after poor decision by Rosenhaus, coupled with Tony Dungy and his lack of respect for Rhett that derailed this once promising career.


 


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Martin's Full-Time Duty Done?

Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford stated he believes that alternating running backs may be more successful than going with a full-time back. Tampa Bay does have plenty of weapons to make this work, as Doug Martin, Mike James, and Bobby Rainey eached rushed for over 500 yards. Also, Tampa used a third round pick on Charles Sims from West Virginia.
Tedford has used this type of system at California and believes the NFL is just too physical not to use the system. “I think you have to alternate,'' Tedford said Tuesday. "Even when we had two, 1,000-yard rushers (at California), J.J. Arrington was a 2,000-yard rusher and and we had a couple times guys had a thousand yards apiece. But I don’t believe that one back can carry the load. It’s just too physical..."

Pyro's take: Jeff Tedford is the new offensive coordinator, so it may be difficult to discern the difference between "coach speak" and his dedication to this offensive schematic. He went with it at Cal, but this is a whole new level. Keep your eye on camp and more news on OTA's as this could be detrimental to Doug Martin's ADP.

06/03/14, 07:36 PM CDT by Michael Valverde
Source: www.tampabay.com

Evans gives Tampa their own Twin Towers

The 6-foot-5, 231-pound Evans gives the Bucs ''Twin Towers'' at receiver, where he will pair with fellow 6-5 wideout Vincent Jackson, a player he frequently has been compared with.

"He was our guy," general manager Jason Licht said of the redshirt sophomore who turns 21 in August. "What stood out? It was what stood up on him. It's an old Houston (Rockets) reference, we've got the Twin Towers now.

"He's a big guy who can run. Very physical, very tough and has phenomenal hands. Not just good hands, phenomenal hands."


Pyro's take: Evans is going to have a chance to produce out of the gate, as he will be slotted in as the number two receiver opposite Vincent Jackson. Everything that Lovie Smith is doing in Tampa is trying to create the team he was fired from in Chicago. He acquired their backup quarterback, and now have their Alshon Jeffery in Mike Evans.

Evans is currently the odds on favorite to be the rookie of the year according to Bovada. Evans opened as a 3/1 favorite to win the award, while his former teammate, Johnny Manziel, has 15/2 odds.

05/12/14, 09:43 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.tampabay.com

Wide receiver now Buc's draft target?

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trading away their wide receiver 2 in Mike Williams, it now leaves a gaping hole behind Vincent Jackson. Anyone have confidence in Skye Dawson or Chris Owusu in your lineup next season? Didn't think so. In a deep draft for wide receivers we expect the Buc's to select multiple guys to provide some depth but when do they start?

Pyro's take: I think they start right away with the seventh overall pick. If Sammy Watkins is available at 7 they select him after just a second after they are on the clock. If Watkins is off the board, which I believe they will, then they should select Mike Evans with slightly more hesitation, but not much. Evans might actually be a better fit with the Buc's and new quarterback Josh McCown who is used to having a big, talented group of wide receivers coming from Chicago.

In selecting Evans the Buc's top 2 would rival that of the Bears in size and skill and McCown will be a happy man. Tim Wright also looks like he will work in at wide receiver next season along with his tight end duties so adding one more pass catcher in the first round would make the starting unit dangerous. Evans learning under Vincent Jackson, who is similar in size and speed, would be an ideal situation, especially with Jackson now north of 30.

Look for the Buccaneers to select the best receiver available at 7 and add another player for depth in the middle rounds.

04/04/14, 11:53 AM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Martin cleared to return

"CLEARED!!!! Excited to be back y'all!!"

Doug Martin on his Twitter account.

Pyro's take: Doug Martin had a tremendous rookie season but suffered a sophomore slump before a season ending shoulder injury. New Head Coach Lovie Smith has already anointed Martin as the team's bell cow back so he will have the opportunity to return to his fantasy glory of his rookie season.

The Muscle Hamster should see a heavy workload as Lovie Smith has a tendency to lean on his lead backs during his time in Chicago. He is a three down back that should strive in a way similar to the role Matt Forte played for Lovie in Chicago. Big things are on the horizon for the 25 year old running back next season as the Bucs look to rebound from a down season.

03/31/14, 01:08 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: www.twitter.com

Tampa Bay inks two-year deal with TE Brandon Myers

After a lackluster 2013 campaign with the New York Giants, tight end Brandon Myers has moved on to sign a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth $4.25 million, of which $2 million is guaranteed.

The deal also includes $1.5 million in incentives.

Pyro's take: He's not much of a blocker, can't run very well, and doesn't have the measurables (6'3", 256-pounds) to be much of a red zone threat, but he's a really really nice guy, so he's got that going for him.

Considering how little HC Lovie Smith likes to use tight ends and the fact that TE Tim Wright is a far better playmaker at the position, I'm going to go so far as to predict that Brandon Myers ends up outside of the Top-30 fantasy TEs in 2014.

03/12/14, 07:28 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.buccaneers.com

McCown is a Buc and the starter

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and new head coach Lovie Smith made some free agent waves on Wednesday when they were able to grab free agent QB Josh McCown off the market, signing him to a two-year deal. Instantly, with the lack of success at the position recently, many wondered whether or not McCown would eventually be anointed the starting quarterback at his new home.

Well, we don’t have to wonder for long as Smith has already confirmed that, yes, McCown is indeed the number one guy for the Bucs.

Bucs' Lovie Smith, asked if Josh McCown is his quarterback: "Yes, he is."

Some at least thought that there would be at least a small amount of competition between McCown and Mike Glennon, but Smith wasted no time in making the proclamation just hours after they signed their new man under center.

Pyro's take: Lovie wanted his man, and he got him. McCown had been with the Bears, and was initially brought in when Lovie Smith was the coach. Now that Lovie is the new head man in Tampa, he is putting his stamp on the team, and that begins with starting the veteran Josh McCown at quarterback.

Mike Glennon may still be the future of the Buccaneers, but he is going to start the 2014 season with a clipboard in his hand. McCown proved he can be an effective quarterback playing in eight games last season and throwing 13 touchdowns to only one interception. Even though he is named the starter, he is still a low end fantasy option. Lovie Smith has proven one thing, he does defense, and Marc Trestman is not going to be calling the offense for the Bucs.

03/12/14, 04:41 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: fansided.com

Jackson playing for the fans

"You want to finish strong every time you play at home, or even on the road," said wide receiver Vincent Jackson. "Every game’s important, but we want to leave a good taste in the mouth for our fans – go out there, play hard, put up a great effort and performance and hopefully come out with a win.”

Jackson will almost certainly suit up for Sunday's home finale despite missing most of practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He has been managing a hamstring injury for weeks but was able to play through it last Sunday and catch three passes for 70 yards and a score against Buffalo. Jackson's status is a little more clear heading into the weekend this time around, however, as he is expected to be listed as probable instead of questionable on the official injury report.

Pyro's take: VJAX is going to play this week, and he is a true gamer, but he is going to be limited by the hamstring. If he were 100% healthy it would still be a tough match-up against the 49ers.

Jackson was targeted eight times last week, so now that he is feeling better he should see double digit targets. Just don't expect him to have one of his monster games in this one.

12/14/13, 05:07 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.buccaneers.com

Jackson will be a gametime decision

The status of Bucs WR Vincent Jackson, whose 963 receiving yards are more than double any teammate, for Sunday's game against Buffalo remains in question after he was again limited in practice by a hamstring injury Friday.

Coach Greg Schiano said he was "optimistic, cautiously" about Jackson, saying the decision will likely come from the veteran Sunday.

"He knows his body. He knows if he can do it or not," Schiano said. "And he desperately wants to help us win."

Jackson declined to comment.

Jackson, who is listed as questionable, also leads the team with 61 catches and five touchdown catches.

Schiano said Jackson's familiarity with the offense allows him to play with less practice: "A guy like Vincent can because he has so many cumulative reps, and he works so hard when he is out there."

Pyro's take: Jackson is a must start if he plays this week against the Bills. It is never good news when a player is dealing with a hamstring injury, but it is better news that this game is in Tampa instead of Buffalo. The other piece of good news is that this is an early game on Sunday, so you will not have to wait to make your decision.

12/07/13, 11:02 AM CST by Houdini
Source: www.tampabay.com

McCown gets the nod against the Cowboys

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returned to practice Thursday, but will miss Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Coach Marc Trestman ruled Cutler out for Monday. Trestman reiterated his belief that Cutler will play again this season, but he was not sure of Cutler's availability for the Dec. 15 road game against the Cleveland Browns.

The Bears have won two of the four games Cutler has missed this season. Josh McCown, who started all four of those games, will start Monday.

Pyro's take: McCown has done a nice job replacing the injured Jay Cutler, and he will get another chance on Monday Night. Weather is supposed to play a factor in this one, as it is predicted to be five degrees at kickoff.

McCown should still be able to throw the ball effectively to his dynamic duo, and be able to take advantage of a Cowboys defense that is only better than Vikings in terms of fantasy points allowed on the season.

12/05/13, 05:47 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.chicagotribune.com

Glennon is locking the job down long term

Assuming Greg Schiano remains as the head coach, the Bucs long-term answer at quarterback will be Mike Glennon.

"I think this is a guy that certainly, as long as he continues on this trajectory, is a guy you'd love to have as a quarterback for a long time,'' Schiano said.

In giving his strongest endorsement yet to Glennon Monday, Schiano highlighted two aspects of his play that is well beyond his years: his ability to protect the football and complete passes downfield.

In the past six games, Glennon has 10 touchdown passes and only one interception while completing 64 percent of his passes. He leads all rookies with 13 touchdown passes, two more than Josh Freeman's club rookie record in 2009.

Pyro's take: There is no guarantee that Schiano will be back for another season as the Bucs head coach, but Glennon has played well as of late.

Glennon was listed on my pickup article this week, and part of the reason is what Schiano is pointing to. The rookie is not turning the ball over, and 10 touchdown passes compared to one interception is something that most rookie passers are not able to achieve. There are less weapons in the offense right now, but he is still performing.

If you do grab him, understand this week it would not be a good idea to start him. Glennon will be facing the Panther this week, and their defense is for real.

11/25/13, 06:24 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.tampabay.com

Mike James has a fractured ankle

Buccaneers running back Mike James came out of the gates smoking, logging 41 rushing yards on his first five carries of the game. Unfortunately it looks like his night could come to an early end, as James was carted off the field of the Dolphins-Bucs game in the first quarter. He reportedly suffered a fractured ankle.

As James was about to plunge into the end zone and put Tampa Bay up a touchdown, he was tackled from behind by Dannell Ellerbe, who appeared to land on James left ankle.

Pyro's take: James was looking great, but as I had mentioned he has been taking a lot of hard hits as well. Unfortunately, his season is now over. With Doug Martin also being shelved for the year the last man standing in Tampa is Brian Leonard. If you need a warm body you can grab him, but this should mean more passing for the Bucs going forward.

11/11/13, 10:14 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.cbssports.com

Martin is placed on IR

As expected, the Bucs have placed second-year running back Doug Martin on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his shoulder, ending his season with 456 rushing yards and one touchdown.

The Bucs had hoped Martin might be able to play with the injury and push surgery to the off-season, but he had not practiced this week, and placing him on injured reserve allows him to have surgery and begin the recovery process sooner.

Pyro's take: I had been mentioning in newsfeeds that I did not think Martin was coming back, and now that has been confirmed. The Bucs are still have Greg Schia NO wins, and risking further injury to Martin was stupid.

Mike James has stepped in and done a fantastic job, but it remains to be seen how long he can keep it up for. James has seen his workload rise to the point where he had 28 carries and 30 touches last week. The rookie has taken some big hits with those carries, and, in my eyes, he is a candidate to break down. If you own him I would sell while his value is high.

11/09/13, 01:42 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.tampabay.com

Glennon looking to continue solid play

Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has gone three full games without an interception, but coach Greg Schiano says it's important not to trivialize him as a "caretaker."

"I think he's more than managing. That game manager thing is kind of a left-handed compliment a lot of times for a quarterback," Schiano said Monday, looking back on Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss at Seattle. "He's doing a heck of a lot more than that."

With two early touchdown passes Sunday, Glennon has eight this season, matching the Jets' Geno Smith for the most by a rookie quarterback. Smith has 68 more attempts and has 13 interceptions to Glennon's three. Glennon's completion percentage of 60.3 ranks 22nd among qualifiers, but it's better than Smith (58.1) or Buffalo rookie EJ Manuel (56.7).

Pyro's take: It has been a typical rookie season, with ups and downs, but the last 3 games have been good for the rookie. Glennon has 699 yards passing with 5 touchdowns and zero interceptions. This is really impressive considering their last 2 opponents were Carolina and at Seattle.

Glennon is showing some nice development, while playing for the winless Bucs. This week he will get a chance to face the Dolphins on Monday Night, and this could be the best week to face them, as they deal with internal struggles surrounding the Richie Incognito situation. The Fins will put the interception streak to the test, as they have an interception in all but one game this year.

11/06/13, 08:41 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.tampabay.com

Martin is not being placed on IR

Martin was injured attempting to make a catch near the goal line early in the third quarter of the Bucs' 31-23 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. The injury could be season-ending, but the team will wait several weeks before determining that in hopes that its rushing leader will respond to treatment and play again this year.

Rookie running back Mike James and Brian Leonard will split rushing duties Thursday. The Bucs also claimed running back Bobby Rainey off waivers from the Browns on Monday and released receiver Skye Dawson.

"There's no doubt Doug's a great running back, a Pro Bowl running back and there's definitely going to be pressure even trying to fill half his shoes," James said. "I'm just trying to do what I can to help the team win a game."

Pyro's take: The Bucs are holding out hope that Martin will be able to return this season, but he is definitely going to be out for several weeks. My best guess is that if Martin is not able to get back within a month, then he will not be returning this season.

Martin is the Bucs franchise player, and if the Schiano is unable to lead Tampa to a victory, then there is no way they are going to risk Martin's future. If you own him you have to hold onto him at this point, but his fate should be determined before the fantasy playoffs begin.

Mike James is going to have a hard time finding running lanes in this offense, but if you are in a real jam for a running back you can at least be sure he will get touches every week.

10/22/13, 09:59 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.tampabay.com

The Wright stuff?

Tim Wright didn't expect to find success this quickly in his NFL career.
The undrafted rookie tight end from Rutgers, converted this spring from receiver, has emerged as a favorite target for new Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon, catching seven passes for 91 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

"I'm definitely appreciating everything," said Wright, preparing for Sunday's game at Atlanta. "I'm the same athlete, the same person, mentally and physically. It goes back to hard work and dedication, at Rutgers and here now, but things are starting to look good."

"Tim's really stepped up and done a great job so far," Glennon said. "He works extremely hard at it. ... As a quarterback, you love when your tight end can do what he does, because it creates a little mismatch problem. He's been playing really well lately, and I think he'll continue to develop as he gets more reps as a tight end."


Pyro's take: Tim Wright made a splash of an arrival with his performance last week and it may just continue. When you have a rookie quarterback, they tend to lock onto certain targets and those targets were Wright and Vincent Jackson last week.

Wright is a player who is not going to demand double coverage, and he should continue to find mismatches with his combination of size and speed. If you are in need of help at the tight end position it may be the right move to go after Mr. Wright.

10/17/13, 07:39 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.tampabay.com

Vincent Jackson is questionable for Sunday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams has a hamstring injury that limited him in practice on Friday and makes him questionable for Sunday's Week 4 clash against the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal reported on the matter, noting that fellow Bucs wideout Vincent Jackson is also questionable

Pyro's take: Both Williams and Vincent Jackson have not been able to practice all week with their new rookie starting quarterback. It would appear that we will not know the fate of these wide receivers until Sunday morning. If only one of them is able to play, you can bet he will see a hefty amount of targets from Mike Glennon.

09/28/13, 04:08 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: bleacherreport.com

Mike Glennon with no chance for chemistry this week

Neither Vincent Jackson nor Mike Williams practiced on Wednesday, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Williams, who is battling a hamstring injury, indicated that he feels fine and expects to play Sunday. Jackson, who was out with a rib injury, was not in the locker room to comment on his condition.

The Bucs will want to get both receivers back as quickly as possible to help ease the transition this week from Josh Freeman to Glennon.

Pyro's take: The Bucs decided to give the car keys to Mike Glennon, but they forgot to tell him he only has a 4 cylinder engine and 2 flat tires with no spares.

This could be a tough week as both Jackson and Williams also missed practice on Thursday. Hamstrings are tough injuries, so you can bet Williams will not practice at all this week, and while they have said the rib injury is not serious for Jackson, I have serious doubts about his availability this week. Regardless, the fact that Glennon is not able to practice with his his two main targets (Josh Freeman's only targets) there is not a lot of hope for chemistry unless they watch the Breaking Bad finale together.

09/26/13, 05:15 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.nationalfootballpost.com

Vincent Jackson is day to day with a rib injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is day to day with a rib injury that is not considered serious, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Jackson left Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots in the third quarter and did not return.

Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said Monday that he is uncertain if Jackson will be available to play next weekend against the Arizona Cardinals.

Pyro's take: Vincent Jackson has not been having a great season, but don't blame him. Josh Freeman is the one who is really having a bad season and soon might find himself holding a clipboard in Tampa. VJax sees a ridiculous amount of targets from Freeman, 30 in 3 games, but he had 24 through the first 2 weeks.

There are no other real threats in the passing game for the Buccaneers, so they really need Jackson to be back this week, and if he plays you got to start him.

09/23/13, 04:39 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Brandon Myers dealing with multiple issues

Brandon Myers admittedly had a rough night.

He sustained a possible rib injury after one vicious hit and was tested for a concussion after the other.

After the game, he received X-Rays on the ribs and will likely receive a follow-up MRI on Monday.

Pyro's take: Myers not only got banged up during the game, he also fell over the 20-yard line and cost his team a sure touchdown in their loss to the Broncos. Myers looks like he will be a good part of the Giants offense, but it will depend on him staying healthy and not taking big hits. He will need to pass all the concussion tests before being cleared for week 3.

09/16/13, 07:04 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.nj.com

Doug Martin is the focus of defenses that play the Bucs

Greg Schiano said it's "no mystery" that opposing teams will follow that same "formula"(stopping Doug Martin) to slow their offense.

"If I was the defensive coordinator, I'd do that also," RG Davin Joseph said. "That's going to be the reality of the next 15 games, they're going to try to stop Doug Martin."

Joseph said what the Bucs need to do to free up Martin is to have the right "run-pass mix." They found one last season, with QB Josh Freeman connecting with WRs Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams for long passes, opening things up for Martin, who rushed for 1,454 yards as a rookie.

Pyro's take: Doug Martin is trying to avoid the sophomore slump, which can be difficult when teams are now game planning for you. Doug Martin is a super talent and is going to have a huge year, so don't freak out after one week. The Bucs should be able to get Martin on track in week 2 as the face the New Orleans Saints.

09/12/13, 08:41 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.tampabay.com

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