For the second straight season, running back Peyton Hillis will have a chance to back up a star. During his one year with the Kansas City Chiefs it was Jamaal Charles and now it will be Doug Martin now that he’s signed a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Hillis will jump into the competition for a roster spot behind Martin just a day before the Bucs open up camp. Though he only received a one-year, likely minimum, deal, Hillis should have a chance to stick considering he offers a very different look than Martin.
Of course he will have to overcome two terrible seasons that have seen him unable to stay on the field or do anything noteworthy when he did find a way to play. Before the disappointing seasons with the Chiefs and Browns, Hillis ran for nearly 1,200 yards for Cleveland, including 11 touchdowns.
At the very least, Hillis brings to the table an ability to catch the ball out of the backfield that you usually don’t see from a player his size.