The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some talented playmakers at their skill positions, and Doug Martin might be the most dynamic and threatening player to the Jets game plan come Sunday. Martin’s role for the Bucs’ offense is the focus of a piece by Seth Walder of the Daily News.
If Martin can run through the Jets’ defense himself, the Bucs probably won’t have to put Freeman in as many mistake-prone situations. And Martin running laps up and down the field isn’t far-fetched: the Jets will likely have issues stopping runs to the outside this season. With Calvin Pace at one outside linebacker spot and Garrett McIntyre at the other, the Jets lack some speed when it comes to containing backs such as Martin. McIntyre will be filling in for the injured Quinton Coples (ankle).
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIt will be interesting to see how Jets respond this season in terms of setting the edge against opposing running backs and Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers and Doug Martin will be a big first test. We expect the Coples will make the unit better when he returns, but he still has room to grow in terms of his run defense capabilities. For now, using an aging veteran who struggled in his core strength, defending the run in 2012 along with an athletically limited journeyman might spell trouble for the Jets.