Who Stays, Goes for Bucs at Running Back?

With about a month until free agency gets underway, now is the perfect time to analyze the Bucs roster. Over the next month, we will go position by position on the Bucs current roster and tell you who we think stays and who we think goes for the 2015 season.

With about a month until free agency gets underway, now is the perfect time to analyze the Bucs roster. Over the next month, we will go position by position on the Bucs current roster and tell you who we think stays and who we think goes for the 2015 season.

Today we focus on the Running Backs:

Doug Martin: I know Martin was a 1st round pick just a couple years ago, but he has proven to be very average as of late. He lacks elite speed and elite strength. Martin struggles to break tackles and get yards after contact. With that said, I don't know if Martin would have much if any trade value on the open market. If he doesn't, the Bucs should keep him around as depth for the position.

Commish's Call: STAYS


Charles Sims: Sims was a 3rd round pick from just a year ago. Despite other options the Bucs might have passed up for that 3rd round pick that have had more success in their rookie seasons than Sims. Sims has some quickness and speed to go with very good hands out of the backfield. I'm not sure if he is a true feature back who can run between the tackles 20-25 times a game, but he's not going anywhere in 2015.

Commish's Call: STAYS


Bobby Rainey: Rainey is a restricted free agent this off-season, which means the odds are strong that he returns in 2015. I feel like Rainey was the running back in 2014 that brought the most juice to the offense. I think if the Bucs look to upgrade this position this off-season, it would be Martin that would likely be gone, and not Rainey. Rainey's contribution on special teams helps his worth.

Commish's Call: STAYS


Mike James: James was not used much in 2014, but he was used at times in short yardage. While he's a versatile back, I think James is the most replaceable back on the Bucs roster. I'd love to see the Bucs bring in another back with either top-end speed or power to a very average backfield.

Commish's Call: GONE



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