Doug Martin’s teammates are eagerly anticipating Sunday’s opener against the Jets, when the Little Engine That Could of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers begins his quest to top a glorious rookie season.
The Bucs kept Martin under protective wraps in August, limiting him to only three carries in the first two exhibition games. The Pro Bowl back didn’t even get on the field in the final two preseason matchups, including a Week 3 game at Miami that featured most of Tampa Bay’s starters receiving extended playing time.
Martin, who ran for 1,454 yards as a first-round draft pick out of Boise State, took a knee to the helmet in the second preseason game at New England that momentarily dazed him, but he said he was healthy enough to play against the Dolphins.
Lots of good things to say about Martin in this article. He's expected to play on third down this year after being used sparingly on that down last year. He had five 100-yard games and 12 TDs a year ago and is looking to improve. Martin is/was likely a top-four pick in most drafts this year and he seems ready to prove his worth.