Doug Martin to Take a Backseat at Running Back When He Comes Back From Suspension?

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said Sunday there are no assurances suspended RB Doug Martin will regain his starting job following his three-game ban according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com.

Licht would not even guarantee Martin’s roster spot. “Look, he has done everything we’ve asked him to do, and he looks reminiscent of 2015 when he was playing for his contract. He looks the same out there, mentally and physically. So he might be one of those guys that needs a carrot. And he’s got a pretty big carrot in front of him right now, because there’s no guarantees that he’s going to be here. And he knows that.”

Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to be the lead back in Tampa during the first three weeks of the regular season while Martin serves his suspension and it sounds like he will be given every opportunity to win the job outright. Signed by the Bucs last season when Martin was out due to injury, the 27-year-old Rodgers had the most productive year of his six-year NFL career and chose to re-sign with Tampa this offseason rather than test the free agent market. His teammates have praised Rodgers for his exceptional field vision and toughness and the coaching staff loves his versatility.


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