RUNNING BACKS: B-
Running back hasn’t always been a point of comfort for the Buccaneers, but during the last two seasons this team has found more success when running the ball consistently than when they haven’t.
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Doug Martin may not be stunning the fantasy football world, but I don’t think it’ll bother him much as his team has won all three games since he made his return from a hamstring injury suffered in Week 2.
For this week, his 23 carries netted just 87-yards (3.8 yards per carry), but they were consistently positive attempts and once again helped keep his team on schedule. A late fumble put his team in a bit of a situation giving the opponent a good amount of momentum and the game still within reach, but in some ways all’s well that ends well, right?
Undrafted rookie Peyton Barber has continued to contribute as a replacement for injured running backs Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers. His line this weekend was five carries for 16-yards and he took one screen pass for four yards down to the Seahawks three-yard line to set up the team’s first score of the game.
The consistent gains on carries allowed the Buccaneers to control the clock and frustrate a strongly favored Seattle team looking to put their own division in a choke hold nearing the final quarter of the season.
No touchdowns and no splash plays take some of the shine of the final grade, but it’s not a bad one to begin with.