Everyone at One Buc Place knows Doug Martin is the man when it comes to running the football.

But through two preseason games the men behind Martin are busy making defenders miss and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaches take notice.

Rookie Mike James and veterans Peyton Hillis and Brian Leonard are some of the most impressive players on the roster heading into Saturday night’s third exhibition matchup at Miami where Martin and many Tampa Bay starters figure to see extended playing time.

Leonard who played for Bucs coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers showed his versatility in the preseason opener against Baltimore gaining 23 yards on six carries including a 3-yard touchdown. He also showcased his blocking skills by deftly picking up blitzers and giving quarterback Josh Freeman more time in the pocket.

On Friday night against New England with Leonard sitting out at Gillette Stadium James and Hillis gouged the Patriots run defense repeatedly in a 25-21 setback.

“It was a solid game” said James a sixth-round draft pick out of the University of Miami who has been compared to dependable former Bucs running back Earnest Graham. “I was where I needed to be at times but there are still some things to grow from. It was good to be out there and get an opportunity to show what I can do.”

The Bucs traded up to make James their final 2013 draft selection and he ran for 81 yards on 15 carries at Foxborough. He also caught three passes for 23 yards and scored on a 2-point conversion run displaying a knack for making the first defender miss.