Davin Joseph Wants A Complementary RB

February 4th, 2013

Much like Super Bowl champion Ray Rice, Doug Martin proved last season that he’s a true bell cow running back. And Martin doesn’t cough up the ball like Rice.

Beastly Bucs guard Davin Joseph saw Martin do it all from the sidelines, but Joseph wants two backs to carry the load, so he told Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620 last week.

“When he’s such a gamechanger like that, you just got to get the ball in his hands,” Joseph said of Martin. “In my opinion, I think we really need a complement back, but he’s a guy that he don’t have to really run the ball as much. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield, run the screen game really good. And he can just be an all-purpose kind of back that can really change the game for us. “

This was very interesting to Joe because last summer Joseph said LeGarrette Blount was his favorite running back. Perhaps Joseph wants to see more of Blount? Or perhaps Joseph is envisioning a new running back in the mix? That was unclear.

With Rice in his prime, the Ravens went out and invested a third-round pick in RB Bernard Pierce last season and gave him 108 carries during the 2012 regular season, plus a big load in the playoffs. Might the Bucs follow the same model, given their apparent lack of confidence in Michael Smith and Blount?

Joe can’t argue with Joseph’s take. Martin can’t be pounded forever, and a complementary back, if successful, will present additional problems for a defense.

Joe thinks Blount could be that guy. But if the Bucs opt for a different backup in 2013, they’re still going to have to give the guy carries to make it work.

25 Responses to “Davin Joseph Wants A Complementary RB”

  1. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    We could sign Danny Woodhead


    Draft: Stepfan Taylor,Kenjon Barner, Rex Burkhead, Kerwynn Williams

  2. Stranger Says:

    Everyone knows they gave up on Blount a long time ago.

  3. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Kerwynn Williams in the 6th or 7th round would be a nice pick up. One of the best Kick returners in the FBS the last 3yrs (Utah St. all-time leader in all-purpose yardage with 6,928). Short but a great blockers as well.

  4. 4everBucsFan Says:

    Blount is a RFA. Unless another team offers compensation for him, he has relatively no impact on the salary cap. Because he is relatively cheap, and still has talent that can’t be over looked. He should be in a Buc uniform again next year. Maybe not the #2, but certainly as #3. He is an affordable stop gap in case of an emergency.

  5. BucNasty!! Says:

    Reggie Bush!!!! He can spell on 3rd down he’s a receiving threat he can slide out n play slot like Percy harvin plus he can take our special teams over the top u just gotta use him right he’s not the pounder Martin is but the dual threat combo is unstoppable muhahahahaha(Evil Genius laugh)

  6. 941-Bucs Says:

    I would like to see us take Giovani Bernard RB NC with the 2nd pick in the draft. The guy is special and a home run threat from anywhere on the field. Plus he is a return man with incredible break away speed. He has similar skill set as Martin in the fact he can catch the ball, and run beautiful screen plays…
    Just my take. I think he would be a stud.

    My back up choice is a poor man Blount in Le’Veon Bell from Michigan State the thing i like about Bell is he is a pure short yardage back with incredible foot work and agility. But he is a liability in the passing game.

  7. BucSnob Says:

    That second back is on our roster, we just haven’t used him yet for some reason. Michael Smith.

  8. BucSnob Says:

    That second back is on our roster, we just haven’t used him yet for some reason. Michael Smith.

  9. Macabee Says:

    The man said complementary RB – meaning a back that is not going to take snaps away from Martin. That RB is Stephan Taylor, 3 year 1,000yd rusher, 5.1 career rushing avg, excellent receiver, reliable blocker, team captain, pedigree school, Stanford, built like Martin. Sounds like a Buccaneer Man!

  10. PRBucFan Says:

    Hey Joes,

    I don’t know if anyone else has had any issues but your website has been very very slow and many times not even loading for me. Both on my Mac and on my iPhone lately. I know someone had mentioned something similar in another thread but I just wanted to let you know in case you weren’t aware.

    It only happens on this site so I know it’s not a connection issue on my end.

    Thanks for an awesome site, hope it fixes soon

    Joe’s aware of some glitches for some folks. Repairs have been made, and there will be a major maintenance operation done tonight. Thanks for the feedback, as always. Can you clarify when you had a problem at all?–Joe

  11. IheartTheBucs Says:

    ray rice is a sure handed RB..he been alil off in this post season but hell he got the ring now

  12. pick6 Says:

    blount has shown no vision. maybe with joseph and nicks back we can blow open holes 3 yards wide that anybody can find, but blount’s problem has always been finding the best way to reach the second level where he dominates. i think on most of martin’s best runs, had blount been the ballcarrier they would have been “crash into the LOS” type runs for nominal gains. never seen blount cut back or find a hole without stopping his feet. he belongs in a power run scheme where they pick a hole while in the huddle and he just has to hit it. he can’t find daylight in zone blocking

  13. Joe D. Says:

    I think there is obviously something going on that the fans aren’t seeing with Blount, we know the kind of talent he has as a ball carrier, and we’ve seen that he does have the ability to catch and block, though he isn’t afforded too many of those opportunities in the game. Usually you get those opportunities by preforming and exhibiting those skill sets in practice. Who knows (I don’t), but maybe he doesn’t practice well, maybe sometime when he was a young player in college or HS, because he is such a physical player a coach told him “save for for the guys in the other colored jerseys”, I have no idea just speculation…

  14. Pete D Says:

    Davin is a Hell of a Player but he really should stick to being a great OL. He backed and became a support system for Trueblood. I will go on record and say HE is the ONLY reason we resigned Trueblood. Signing Blount would be a great idea. But then we need to trade him

  15. Stranger Says:

    Except he has shown his vision and the ability to cutback just this year pick6, so what you’re saying isn’t entirely true.

  16. PRBucFan Says:

    “Joe’s aware of some glitches for some folks. Repairs have been made, and there will be a major maintenance operation done tonight. Thanks for the feedback, as always. Can you clarify when you had a problem at all?–Joe”

    Thanks alot Joe, it seems atm things are working smoothly from both my mac and my iphone now which is great.

    It started happening a couple days back, Friday late evening. I first noticed it on my phone and I thought it was just my phone being stupid, than I went to the Mac and it was doing the same thing.

    It seems the work that has been done has helped though, thanks again Joe

  17. passenger 27 Says:

    Too many team needs to use a high pick on a rb… maybe 6th or 7th on a guy like a Ray Graham or better yet an UDFA chris thompson, denard robinson, marcus lattimore

  18. 4everBucsFan Says:

    We should offer Jake Long 8.5 mil, save us a draft pick and put him at LT and move Penn to RT, with newly drafted TE Tyler Eifert. Sorry guys…I was daydreaming …lol

  19. Rick Says:

    Joe, for me the site took a long time to load on saturday only. I thought maybe everybody was hitting JBF at the same time to see if Sapp was was elected in HOF yet. LOL seriously though ever since then the site seems just fine.

  20. Rick Says:

    forgot to give my .02 cents about the RB situation. I truly believe that we have the RB’s we need. With having Carl on the left side out part of the year, and Davin out the entire season, our running game only hit the numbers it did because of talent by Doug, and the success of the passing game. with both starting guards back (hopefully healthy the entire season) I expect and would bet on we can see something really special with the backs we have now. save our money/picks on areas where it’s really needed.

  21. ShayneGoodfellow Says:


    you made some great points there, with Nicks and Joseph back healthy next year our running game should be lethal.


    Jake Long’s play has gone down in the last year or two, he does not deserve 8.5 million IMO, if he wants to accept a 3 year 18 million contract from us, I would be happy but not 8.5

  22. Jessup Says:

    Dennis Johnson late. Perfect compliment. He’s an all around back like martin, runs, blocks, and catches very well. Plus he is an outstanding returner that broke all kinds of college records as a returner.

  23. Jessup Says:

    Also, we don’t just need a complimentary back. We need a solid #2 option in case Martin gets hurt. The Saints aren’t going to keep all four of their running backs. Either Pierre Thomas or Chris Ivory is going to get cut. We need to sign whichever guy gets cut loose, and then also draft Dennis Johnson late. That would be a great backfield with plenty of depth and versatility.

  24. 4everBucsFan Says:


    His game has been down but I think it’s because Jakes wants out of Miami. And if his technique is in decline, I have no doubt that Bob Bostad will fix it. I’m with you on, if we could get him for 6 mil, that’s all the better, but I’m afraid it will take over 8 mil or better to win the bid. and remember I’m just dreaming. do I expect it to happen? ..not one bit.

  25. RastaMon Says:

    Gillislle up the road in G’Ville would be a perfect fit in ability and draft slotting