“Softer Coverage” On The WayAugust 25th, 2014
Tampa Bay drafted Charles Sims to catch balls out of the backfield. He was going to be their all-around threat. But now Sims cruises around the Bucs locker room on a scooter to protect his surgically-repaired ankle.
After the Bucs’ battering of the Bills on Saturday, Josh McCown explained one reason the Bucs need a running back with hands.
It’s a matchup thing, a byproduct of beastly receivers.
“Inevitably we’re going to start seeing more softer coverage because of our guys,” McCown said while talking about his 22-yard completion to Doug Martin on Saturday. “That was a play we set up and designed because the coverage dictated they were going to double [Vincent Jackson] and leave Dougie [Martin] singled up underneath.
“So it was really neat to see us put the work in this week, come up with that design, and then be able to win on that route. It was just really well done by Doug, through great patience and then to catch the ball. You know, he’s dropped a few balls in camp. And every time he does, he grabs me, we go to the other end and we throw. Catches, catches, catches. So you can’t say enough about the way Doug works and kind of pro he is. And so it’s neat to see him start returning to form.”
Yes, Martin is poised to get a massive workload (pay attention fantasy nuts). Bobby Rainey has had a rough preseason, as had the other healthy running back, Jeff Demps.
The way injuries evolved for the Bucs, it turned out a strong preseason was really needed from Martin, and the Bucs got it.
It’ll be an interesting year for Maritn, who’s also in a contract year of sorts. After this season, the Bucs must decide whether they want to guarantee the fifth year (2016) of Martin’s rookie contract. Otherwise, next year he’ll in the same boat Adrian Clayborn is in this year.