Doug Martin and Charles Sims were among the NFL's most feared running back combos last year, and the two can yet again be a potent force for the Buccaneers behind a more experienced offensive line in 2016.
Last year, Doug Martin was a monster, racking up over 1,400 yards and punching in six touchdowns on 288 attempts. Behind Martin on the depth chart was Charles Sims, who was asked to run the ball 107 times, managing to get 529 yards. Both running backs had the same average yards per carry in 2015 at 4.9 each, which shows how valuable they both are to the team. In fact, Sims may be one of the most underrated players on the Buccaneers due to the phenomenal talent he backs up.
It's a privilege for Sims to have a teammate as talented as Martin to learn from and model his own game after, and perhaps that's part of the reason why he has been so good as a secondary back for the Buccaneers. The Kansas City Chiefs' Knile Davis/Jamaal Charles duo of a couple years ago is an excellent example of what these two can be like if they continue to play at high levels and stay healthy. With a more experienced offensive line, there could be extra opportunities this season for Martin and Sims to gash defense's across the league for 25+ yard runs.
Martin and Sims possess remarkable talent in speed, tackle breaking and vision, leading to a great year for the two of them in 2015 (1,931 yards combined). If they can keep up the good work, the Bucs offense could be catapulted even further forward in 2016, especially if the Jameis Winston and Mike Evans connection clicks. Multi-faceted offenses are hard to stop, and if teams are forced to game plan even down to a second string running back, that's good news for the Bucs.
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