Everyone around the Bucs expects Martin to start right away. Unlike Blount, he's a complete back that can play all three downs. Just don't tell Blount that. He says he's the No. 1 guy "until they take it away."
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"I had the idea they were going to draft another guy," Blount said via the St. Petersburg Times, noting he's lost 5-10 pounds. "I've been showing I can be an every-down back ... them drafting a running back might be what I needed to become an every-down back.''
Consider us skeptical. If Blount needed competition to get motivated, that doesn't bode well for him. Martin's skill set is more diverse. If nothing else, it's a good problem for the Bucs to have.
- Ronde Barber took snaps exclusively at safety. The Bucs confirmed Barber is making a position switch.
- Martin was not 100 percent because of a hamstring problem, so Blount took all the first team reps.
- Kellen Winslow, Brian Price, and Dezmon Briscoe were among the no-shows at practice. No excuse was given for their absence.