Aug 8, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) warms up prior to the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Lovie Smith says Doug Martin will be 'Bell cow' back for Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t do much right under the Greg Schiano regime, but perhaps the best decision that regime made was trading back into the 2012 NFL Draft to select Boise State running back Doug Martin.

Martin had a phenomenal rookie year but this sophomore campaign was cut short by injury and he wasn’t as effective as expected. Still, he’s a pint sized bruiser who has a lot of potential and he’s a guy the Bucs are counting on in 2014 to lead the offensive running attack.

According to Lovie Smith, via USA Today, the Buccaneers may have a few running backs on roster who are capable of forming a committee but Martin is going to remain the ‘bell cow’ back in 2014.

“With Mike James going down with an injury and with Charles going down, those guys need to play at a certain level,” the coach added. “They’re both good players, but Doug is our bell cow. He likes that role. He’s had a good camp, hasn’t missed a beat.”

This is good news not just for fans and fantasy owners but for Martin as well. Not only is it a sign that he’s going to be the leader of the running back committee, but it shows that he’s fully back from his injury and the team is expecting him to shine the way he did his rookie season.

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