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With one training camp practice remaining, lots of position battles are far from being settled. But position one that may be painting a clearer picture on how the depth chart may look is at running back.

Third-year running back Doug Martin has shown the vision and elusiveness that allowed him to become a Pro Bowler during his 2012 rookie season. He will obviously remain Tampa Bay's primary back.

Rookie Charles Sims has displayed the talents that general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith talked about when they were making the case for selecting him in the third round of April's draft. He has shown good hands to go along with his size and quickness. When he hits the open field, it's hard for the defenders to judge which way he is going. He has lined up at wide receiver at times and has run routes very well.

Bobby Rainey appears to have gotten a good understanding of the offense. He too has hit the holes well and has shown good vision at the line of scrimmage. He and Sims can easily back up Martin.

Mike James and Jeff Demps appear to be a coin toss at the moment. Both have gotten extensive looks in the return game with Rainey sprinkled in at times. It's clear the team is not set with returners, but also shows that uncertainty remains to some degree for Demps and James.

If the Buccaneers elect to keep all five backs, as of now the depth chart may be set up as Martin, Sims, Rainey, James, Demps. If they elect to carry just three or four, James and Demps could find themselves on the final cut down list.

 

 

 

 

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