ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas says the Bucs will rotate backs in behind Doug Martin to keep him fresh.
Doug Martin rushed three times for six yards in Friday night's preseason opener against the Jaguars, adding one catch for two yards.
The Tampa Tribune says Doug Martin will see fewer touches under Lovie Smith than he saw while playing for Greg Schiano.
ESPN Buccaneers reporter Pat Yasinskas confirms Doug Martin "is the starter," but says the Bucs "want to use a rotation" at tailback this year.
Speaking Tuesday, coach Lovie Smith insisted Doug Martin will remain an integral part of the Bucs' offense.
Bucs OC Jeff Tedford plans to "alternate" running backs this season because he believes it's "just too physical" for one to carry the entire load.
The Buccaneers are only likely to keep four of the seven running backs currently on the roster.
The Buccaneers' website anticipates rookie Charles Sims "taking a handful of carries" per game from Doug Martin, "and perhaps also serving as the third-down back."
Coach Lovie Smith issued a vote of confidence to Doug Martin last week.
ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas does not expect new OC Jeff Tedford to employ a true timeshare at running back.
Doug Martin (shoulder surgery) confirmed he's been medically cleared.
Coach Lovie Smith said the Bucs are going to "lean" on Doug Martin.
Doug Martin (shoulder) expects to be medically cleared next week.
New coach Lovie Smith endorsed Doug Martin as the Buccaneers' "bellcow" at the league meetings Wednesday.