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Saturday, January 2, 2016, 12:33pm
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' backfield of Doug Martin and Charles Sims has flown under the radar as the best tandem in the NFL this season.
Martin sits No. 2 in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,354 on 273 carries. With a big game Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers, Martin could leap Adrian Peterson to become the first Bucs player ever to lead the league in rushing. Sims is an underrated dual-threat back, compiling 1,001 yards from scrimmage (514 rushing, 487 receiving).
Martin, 26, is set to become a free agent this offseason, but the sides are already working on keeping the back in a Bucs jersey.
"We've already talked a little bit,'' general manager Jason Licht said, via the Tampa Tribune. "We will definitely be talking (more). We'd love to have Doug back.''
Last offseason, it looked like the Bucs might dump an ineffective Martin, but the 5-foot-9 pinballing runner bounced back in a big way, the story said. Martin has carried Tampa's offense for long stretches this season, taking some pressure off rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. This season was kind of an audition for Martin, who had struggled the past two seasons. But, Martin was getting positive reviews all the way back in the offseason.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Friday, January 1, 2016 - 2:35pm
Week 17 at Carolina
Doug Martin has a chance to win the rushing title as he's just 64 yards behind leader Adrian Peterson. This is likely something Martin has in the back of his mind as he faces the Panthers in Week 17.
It will be a tough task for Martin, as the Panthers' defense is tough against the run. Although Martin did finish with 143 total yards against them earlier in the season. Martin should be viewed as a low-end RB1 this week.
2015 Strength of Schedule - TB
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats