News now! Tampa Bay’s weapons are healthy, producing

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 18, 2014 – 1:43 pm

141218-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Tampa Bay’s wide receiver duo of rookie Mike Evans and veteran Vincent Jackson is not unlike the big, physical duos the Packers have faced in other games this year, such as Chicago’s Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

“You could compare Tampa’s receivers to Chicago,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Thursday. “They’re both going to go over 1,000 yards for the season. They’re definitely a focus of ours, and Doug Martin is playing very well.”

Martin is the Bucs’ top running back who has battled injuries this season. He has just 369 rushing yards and two TDs on the year, but he’s coming off his best game of 2014, when he had 14 carries for 96 yards vs. Carolina last week, including a season-long 63-yard run. At 5-9, 215, Martin is a short but powerful back.

“He has a distinct style,” McCarthy said. “He’s been a very productive football player throughout his whole career. He can do it both with the run and pass. Having him healthy clearly makes a difference for their offense.”

Health-wise for the Packers, RT Bryan Bulaga (concussion) missed his second straight practice but was in the Hutson Center observing the workout, a good sign as to where he is in his recovery. RB Eddie Lacy remained limited with a non-football-related eye problem, but McCarthy said he doesn’t have “high concern.”

Click here for Thursday’s feature story on Packers WR Randall Cobb.

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