The Buccaneers have made it clear that Doug Martin won't be the only person getting carries this season. Head coach Lovie Smith made that even clearer on Thursday.
"We've made it known that we're going to play more than one (running back)," Smith said. "You need a lot. In order for us to be a good running football team, we need to have more than one good player, and we feel like we have at least about four that we feel like if we went into a game with them, we could have a good running game."
Those four presumably being, in no particular order: Martin, Mike James, Bobby Rainey , and third-round rookie Charles Sims. Martin is at the top of the heap with Sims and James competing to be his direct backup. Sims got a fair amount of buzz in the spring, but he's still a rookie and has plenty to prove during preseason. Even if he is the No. 2, James might see some PT as well.
Martin's current ADP is in the late-second or early-third round. He's being taken ahead of, among others, Andre Ellington . While Martin has a better track record and was a bona fide stud in 2012, I don't think I can overlook Ellington's upside in favor of a player who might be sharing his carries with possibly two other pairs of hands.