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Bucs Q&A: What's in the future like for RB Michael Smith?

Have a question about the Bucs? Tribune reporters Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman will answer it. Send your question now. Q: What is the plan with Michael Smith? He's never activated. Will he back up Doug Martin at some point? He's a real burner. — Alan, Zephyrhills A: The Bucs definitely have a plan for Michael Smith and you'll probably see it come to fruition next year. A lot depends on whether they retain LeGarrette Blount or not, but the Bucs see what you see and believe Smith has a lot of value. He was inactive for the most part this year for a couple of reasons. First, the Bucs had a greater need for bigger bodies on special teams in other spots than return man and there was also a desire to keep Smith practice squad eligible for next year. Smith is definitely part of the future here.
— Roy Cummings