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Bucs pick will take carries from Blount

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08:05 AM ET 05.01 | Boise State's Doug Martin sneaked into the first round, courtesy of the Buccaneers, who otherwise spent four of their first five picks on defensive players, setting up a competition for carries with LeGarrette Blount. Martin reminds coach Greg Schiano of Ravens and former Rutgers running back Ray Rice for his ability to play all three downs. He is an effective route runner, has good hands and can pass protect. Unless the Bucs missed on Martin, he will be the starting tailback. But he only had at least 20 rushing attempts 13 times in 38 career games at Boise St. It takes two running backs to be effective running the football in the NFL and the powerful, inside running of Blount will be utilized, especially late in games.

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May 1, 2012  08:07 AM ET

Bucs may win the South... Book it.

May 1, 2012  08:11 AM ET

Thunder and lightning. It has worked before (hint, hint).

May 1, 2012  08:12 AM ET

Geez, talk about stating the obvious. You draft an RB in the 1st round; you'd better expect him to take some carries during the game.

May 1, 2012  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Thunder and lightning. It has worked before (hint, hint).

I don't want to see thunder and lighting. I just want to see Alstott and Dunn again!

May 1, 2012  08:12 AM ET

Okay, approved.

May 1, 2012  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Bucs may win the South... Book it.

If Schiano can give this team some heart and guts... you may be right.

May 1, 2012  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Bucs may win the South... Book it.

It's anybody's division. You could be right.

May 1, 2012  08:25 AM ET

So just going out on a limb here... But what your saying is the Bucs drafted a 1st round running back and that he will take carries away from their undrafted running back who fumbles a lot... Color me shocked.

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May 1, 2012  08:29 AM ET

In other news... Redskins pick will take snaps away from Grossman.

May 1, 2012  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

So just going out on a limb here... But what your saying is the Bucs drafted a 1st round running back and that he will take carries away from their undrafted running back who fumbles a lot... Color me shocked.

Well, geez, if you want to put it THAT way...

May 1, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Bucs may win the South... Book it.

Freeman needs to minimize his mistakes. Hopefully, with new editions like Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, and Doug Martin, he'll learn to manage his game better.

May 1, 2012  08:36 AM ET
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Freeman needs to minimize his mistakes. Hopefully, with new editions like Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, and Doug Martin, he'll learn to manage his game better.

Yup and that's a whole lot of new pieces that need to gel along with a new system for Freeman and the whole team to learn... Won't say it's not possible that they win it, but I'd have to say with the Panthers still a bit away and all the Saints turmoil it's probably the Falcons to lose.

May 1, 2012  08:43 AM ET
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Yup and that's a whole lot of new pieces that need to gel along with a new system for Freeman and the whole team to learn... Won't say it's not possible that they win it, but I'd have to say with the Panthers still a bit away and all the Saints turmoil it's probably the Falcons to lose.

Pretty much the way I see it, but the Falcons are quite capable of losing it. They just don't have that nail-in-the-coffin instinct.

May 1, 2012  08:45 AM ET
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Pretty much the way I see it, but the Falcons are quite capable of losing it. They just don't have that nail-in-the-coffin instinct.

Your right, I'd still expect them to win it and then do what they have done the last 2 years... one and done in the playoffs. The Falcons are really just a bland team aren't they? Why in the world did Hard Knocks want to do them?

May 1, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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The Falcons are really just a bland team aren't they?

Yeah. They need to pick up some diva-receivahs that get in trouble with the law to make themselves more interesting.

May 1, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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Yeah. They need to pick up some diva-receivahs that get in trouble with the law to make themselves more interesting.

I really want Hard Knocks to do the Jaguars, like the only team that volunteered for it. Think about it, a crappy QB trying to prove he's not well crappy, a great running back stuck on a sad sack team, Justin Blackmon talking like Popeye... gold man gold.

May 1, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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I really want Hard Knocks to do the Jaguars, like the only team that volunteered for it. Think about it, a crappy QB trying to prove he's not well crappy, a great running back stuck on a sad sack team, Justin Blackmon talking like Popeye... gold man gold.

Don't forget about the crazy sheik!

May 1, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Don't forget about the crazy sheik!

Seriously what is HBO doing? No, Jags sorry even though your team will make good tv we are gonna go with someone like the Titans or Falcons... blah.

 
May 1, 2012  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I really want Hard Knocks to do the Jaguars, like the only team that volunteered for it. Think about it, a crappy QB trying to prove he's not well crappy, a great running back stuck on a sad sack team, Justin Blackmon talking like Popeye... gold man gold.

Hard Knocks may be the only way the Jaguars get any prime time TV time this year.

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