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Mossis Madu caught up in middle of backfield battle



Undrafted second-year running back Mossis Madu finds himself in a battle to make the roster after rookies Doug Martin and Michael Smith were drafted in April.

But Madu thinks his contributions on special teams could be the difference, so he’s concentrating on his efforts there.

“You have make sure you make your mark somehow, some way there,” Madu said of playing in the kicking game.

The additions in the backfield have turned a weakness of last season’s team into a perceived strength, but it’s also made it harder for Madu to make the final roster. If the Bucs keep just three tailbacks, they’ll be deciding between Madu and Smith, the latter of whom can return kicks and has performed well this preseason.

Running backs coach Earnest Byner remarked about the depth recently, while foreshadowing there will be tough choices to come.

“We’re really, really deep,” Madu said. “(Byner) has said to us, ‘I wish this was college. I’d keep all of you.’ This group is deep and talented.”

Madu was initially placed on the practice squad in 2011 before being promoted to the active roster in October.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 5:16pm]


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