Martin’s Versatility On Display

October 14th, 2012

Martin talked about the Bucs gameplan. And Joe wants to know why D.J. Ware gets reps over the rookie.

Doug Martin had a huge catch-and-run for 42 yards today, seen here via highlights. (If you want to see how NOT to block, watch the right side of the Bucs’ offensive line, and then compare it to the left side.)

It was a fantastic move and acceleration, and a lot of what Bucs fans envisioned when Martin was drafted in the first round this year.

“It was a turn route, expected outside versus man coverage,” Martin told Joe. “I was manned up and that’s what I did. Josh put it right on me and I was able to make a move and get downfield.”

Joe liked seeing Martin taking tosses and running wide. What a concept! It was all part of the plan for the Chiefs, Martin said.

“It was the game plan. We were addressing outside run plays,” Martin said. “That’s what we wanted to see coming in. LeGarrette and I working inside and outside. Pound the rock.”

Martin says he’s fine running inside or outside, but it’s clear to Joe he’s more dangerous outside the tackles.

While Martin had a couple of dropped passes today, a major no-no of the New Schiano Order, Joe would still like to see Martin get more work.

Why D.J. Ware is in over Martin on third down is a mystery. Joe has heard rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano say repeatedly that Martin is an every-down back. If so, get him on the field. Let the kid get those valuable reps.

14 Responses to “Martin’s Versatility On Display”

  1. Have A Nice Day Says:

    Well, including the two drops this game, Martin has 5 drops on the year.

    Kind of easy to see why they are using Ware on 3rd down.

  2. Vic Says:

    And Ware has a horrendous drop that hit him in the face and became an interception. I agree with Joe.

  3. knucknbuc Says:

    Joe, I don’t even think dj ware himself knows why he’s playing so much. Good to wee a lgb sightning 2. With a couple of nice blocks, who knew he could block too right? Hell I even saw him go out on a route.

  4. Have A Nice Day Says:

    @Vc Blah! Freeman threw a bullet to Ware In between a players head and upward outstretched arm. Ware wasn’t even able to see it till it was past the guy that was 2 yards in front of him. No one would have made that catch.

  5. 1976Buc Says:

    I’m looking forward to watching the game. Buc radio sounded like Martin had flashes of what we drafted him for. With the exception of dropping a couple of passes seems like Martin had a pretty good day. Sounds like he broke a couple of tackles which was nice.

  6. raphael Says:

    that was sick stiff arm martin did on lb houston….nice day ware should caught that ball easily…

  7. Have A Nice Day Says:

    @raphael – Yes indeed that stiff arm was awesome. Punched him in the mouth.

    Free throws a bullet to Ware from 5 yards away through a defenders arm and helmet.T he defender was blocking his vision. I don’t see how that is an easy catch at all.

    Meanwhile Martin is dropping balls totally uncontested in the open.

  8. Gus Says:

    Would like to see Blount used alittle more on first or second down and Martin used more on third downs.

  9. JonBuc Says:

    The fact that DJ “Jazzy” Ware would take snaps away from Blount or Martin is laughable….

  10. Caleb Says:

    Blount had all his yards on the final drive of the game against 2nd team defenders. Anyone who say Martin run today would know he is the better back. But again congratulations to Blount for really showing up those back up defenders

  11. JonBuc Says:

    Blount>2nd team defenders>Caleb (Hanie)

  12. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    First of all, are you guys watching the same Ware as me? The guy has made numerous plays on third down this year, and he has done a very good job in pass protection as well. I can think of 3 plays off the top of my head where he ran the ball on third down for a first down. Yet you want him to not play? Heh? He’s doing his job, and doing a damn good job at it.

    At first, I didn’t understand why we would be playing Ware on third down, but he has without a doubt performed well and deserves to be on the field. Don’t get what you guys are seeing. And I totally agree with HAND, at best case that was a difficult catch for Ware (the one that was intercepted). It’s pretty hard to catch a fastball from 5 feet away through a defenders arm. It’s always amazing to me how people love to criticize players that aren’t “their guys” for every little possible error, yet “their guys” are never to blame for anything.

  13. Brad Says:

    Screw Martin and Ware.. I want to see Blount get the ball more.. He is the better back on the team and should get more carries. We go to Martin too much IMO. Need to spread the ball around more.. Where is Benn?

  14. Sneedy16 Says:

    @Hawaiian Buc

    I was thinking the same thing. They make Ware out to be a burden in the backfield, but he is a good pass blocker and a good 3rd down back. If we can use all three backs during the game that’s a plus, because it will increase chances for the running backs being healthy and good shape by the end of the season.

    Oh yeah Joe the right side was a jail break. They didn’t even attempt to block those rushers. I see why they wanted to try Trueblood at guard.