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Bucs should get boost with return of FB Erik Lorig



There's no question the Bucs running game struggled in their season-opening loss to the Jets last week.

Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin had just 65 yards on 24 carries (2.7 yards per carry), having trouble finding any holes.

But Tampa Bay's ground game could get a big boost this week with the expected return of FB Erik Lorig. Lorig, who missed last week's game, as well as most of the preseason, with a calf injury, was a key cog as a blocker for Martin last season.

"I think it'll help," coach Greg Schiano said. "He was our starting fullback, and we didn't have him all preseason, and now we're going to have him Sunday, so that's a good thing."

With Lorig out, the Bucs had to use third-string TE Nate Byham in that role last week.

"I'm excited about having our fullback, and having our two-back run game, two-tight end run game and pass game, all that stuff," Schiano said. "That's who we are, that's the kind of style of ball we play. I'm looking forward to it."





[Last modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 3:00pm]


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