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Buccaneers Vs. Dolphins: LeGarrette Blount Listed As Starting Running Back For Tampa Bay

After trading for the second to last pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers selected who they believe will be the running back of the future for the team by selecting Doug Martin with the No. 31 pick. But that future will apparently not begin immediately, as the Buccaneers have listed LeGarrette Blount as the starting running back in the team's first depth chart of the year, released Tuesday.

Among those surprised by the news was Sander of SB Nation's Buccaneers site, BucsNation, who said:

"This appears to be running counter to everything we've heard out of training camp, where Martin has consistently taken the majority of the first-team reps and has led the way in most individual drills. Meanwhile, Blount has been inconsistent in passing drills, while Martin has been the clear leader in those exercises. Blount really only shines when there's contact, though, and it looks like he'll get his chance to shine with the first team on Friday during the team's first preseason game."

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