| Doug Martin suffers setback|
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Oct 19, 4:00 pm
|Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter: "Doug Martin did unfortunately suffer a little setback a week ago Sunday and we'll just have to see when he can make it back. There's no timetable on that right now." Koetter emphasized that these injuries are no one's fault and that no one feels worse about it than the player. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Time to fire up Jacquizz Rodgers in Week 7. He's likely to see the bulk of backfield duties after receiving 35 touches in Week 5 against the Panthers. Rodgers has a decent matchup on the road against the 49ers making him a solid RB2.
| Charles Sims placed on IR|
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 10, 5:20 pm
|The Bucs announced they have placed RB Charles Sims on injured reserve with a knee injury. The team promoted rookie tailback Russell Hansbrough from the practice squad. Doug Martin has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury and was listed as doubtful to return this week. Sims suffered a knee injury in last week's loss to the Denver Broncos. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This one is a bit of a shocker, as there was absolutely no panic that Sims could be facing a serious enough injury to miss at least the next eight weeks. Jacquizz Rodgers, who will draw the start in Martin and Sims' stead tonight against the Panthers, should immediately slide into Sims' role as a complementary back when Martin returns. Rodgers is a steep downgrade from Sims, but at least he should be utilized in a "space role" that suits his game.
| Charles Sims misses practice Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 7, 5:00 pm
|At running back, the situation is no better, with starter Doug Martin expected to miss a third straight game with a hamstring injury, and his replacement, Charles Sims, held out of practice again Friday with a knee injury. That leaves Jacquizz Rodgers -- signed off the street in Week 2 as a free agent -- and rookie Peyton Barber, who hasn't taken an offensive snap in the first four games. (Tampa Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: It's looking more and more like Rodgers will get the start Monday night against the Panthers although Sims has yet be ruled out. Rodgers would have a RB2 ceiling as the Bucs project to be playing from behind.
| Bucs hint at reduced workload for Charles Sims|
More touches for Jacquizz Rodgers not really an inspiring theme
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Oct 4, 11:03 am
|After Charles Sims gained just 28 yards on 15 carries in the Bucs loss to Denver Sunday, coach Dirk Koetter said all options remain on the table going forward in regards to the running back position. (Pewter Report)|
FFToday's Take: Yuck. Simsís issues hitting the hole has made the Bucs offense one-dimensional, and Koetter will look to adjust some things - including personnel - while waiting for Doug Martin to get back on the field. In the meantime, the Bucs could look to former Falcon Jacquizz Rodgers, signed after Week 1, to handle more of the inside-running work. Rodgers rushed for 20 yards on five carries in the first half Sunday, but was curiously shutdown by the Bucs in the second half. Rodgers isn't a special player and there's just not a ton of value in Tampa's struggling offense right now.
| Doug Martin out three weeks|
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 21, 8:00 am
|The Bucs will be without Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin for about three weeks as he recovers from his hamstring injury, the NFL Network reported Wednesday. (Tampa Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Martin was injured early in the second quarter last Sunday. Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers will handle the rushing duties while Martin recovers with Sims being the lead back. Expect Martin to return in Week 7 after the Bucs bye in Week 6.
|Bucs waive RB Mike James, sign WR Cecil Shorts|
Backend depth chart moves
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 7, 12:30 pm
|Agent for Jacquizz Rodgers says no news yet on a signing from Bucs, who worked him out Tuesday and waived Mike James with an injury today. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Back-end of the depth chart moves here. James was the third tailback behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims. Expect the Bucs to add a running back in the next few days, perhaps Rodgers or someone from the practice squad. Shorts signed a one-year deal and could compete with Adam Humphries for the No. 3 receiver job.