The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons both had high expectations in the NFC South entering the season, and both have crumbled beyond almost any scenario imaginable. Six weeks into the season, neither team is anywhere near a .500 record, and both have turned from looking to the playoffs to looking toward the 2014 draft.
And they’ll each have their own massive holes to fill when making a pick that could be in the top 10 next season.
The Bucs travel to Atlanta Cheap Orioles Jerseys looking for their first win of the year, and if there’s a team that could blow a chance to beat an 0-5 team, it might be the Falcons. Which team comes out with a slightly brighter glimmer of hope, and which comes out with just more questions to answer for the fans?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has left Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with an apparent shoulder injury.
Martin leaped for a jump ball in the end zone before falling on his arm after being struck in the shoulder by Falcons’ safety William Moore. Initially the defender received a penalty on the play, but referees reversed the decision on review. Martin went to the locker room and has been officially listed as “questionable” to return.
If he is unable to return to the game the Buccaneers will turn to Brian Leonard and Mike James to fill the void at running back. This is a big loss for Tampa Bay, as those backs have combined for just four carries and 12 yards in 2013.
Entering Sunday’s game Martin has carried the ball 116 times this season, rushing for 409 yards and a touchdown. He hasn’t had the same success this year that he had during his rookie season, but remains the heart of Tampa Bay’s run-first offense, and was instrumental in taking pressure off Cheap Packer Jerseys rookie quarterback Mike Glennon.