Buccaneers Running Back Breakdown: Full Evaluation and Depth Chart Analysis

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushing attack improved by leaps and bounds in 2012, when compared to how they fared the season prior.
The Bucs averaged 114.8 rushing yards per game last season, ranking them in the top-half of the NFL (15th). In contrast, they finished with the 30th-ranked rushing offense in 2011 when they averaged just 91.1 yards per game.
But that isn't where the improvements stopped.
The Bucs also increased their rushing touchdowns from nine in 2011 to 13 in 2012. They had five rushes that went at least 40 yards and 12 rushes that went at least 20 yards last season, compared to just one and seven, respectively, the year before.
Oh, and they cut down on their rushing fumbles by better than 50 percent, coughing it up only three times in 2012 (second fewest) against eight in 2011 (fifth most).
So why the sudden and drastic improvement on the ground, you ask?
Simply put, the talent improved.
Doug Martin burst onto the scene, rushing for 1,454...

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