Bucs Miss Doug Martin BadlyOctober 26th, 2013
Doug Martin seriously busting up his shoulder with what is believed to be a torn labrum put the put the Bucs in an unforgivable situation. The team is relying on two green rookies as two of their biggest weapons: quarterback Mike Glennon and now running back Mike James.
Andrew Astleford of FoxSportsFlorida watched the loss to the Stinking Panthers closely and came to the conclusion that James is not yet ready for prime time.
That meant more work for James, of course. The Bucs were excited about him after drafting the Miami product in the sixth round, No. 189 overall, last April. James was serviceable but not stellar Thursday, rushing for 39 yards on 10 carries.
The Bucs are optimistic that Martin can return before season’s end, and they’ll need that to happen, given his obvious talent that sparks this offense.
Here is the deal: Martin, James, hell, even Mike Alstott would struggle if they didn’t have blocking and right now there is no unit underperforming worse than the Bucs’ offensive line. Much of it is due to injuries.
This is why Joe is banging the drum — and will bang on the drum until the NFL draft comes next spring — that the Bucs need Texas A&M hulk of an offensive tackle Jake Matthews. This offensive line desperately needs fresh blood. H
How long will Donald Penn last? He’s no spring chicken. Sadly with his medical issues, roadgrader Carl Nicks can’t be counted on. Ted Larsen should not be on the Bucs roster next year. Joe hopes Davin Joseph can turn things around, but at his salary, even he admits his career is on the line. And as much as Joe loves Demar Dotson, he is serviceable at best.
Without blocking, an offense has little chance to succeed. This is why Joe believes Matthews would be a solid choice.