A healthy Doug Martin enters the 2014 season with a sense of purpose and is anxious for a return to his rookie form for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Statistically, that may prove a difficult challenge for Martin as he is likely to share carries this season with Mike James, Bobby Rainey, Jeff Demps and rookie Charles Sims.
The plan to rotate running backs means fewer touches for Martin than he received in 2012—a season that saw him rush for 1,454 yards (a Buccaneers rookie rushing record) on 319 carries—is not a knock against Martin. Head coach Lovie Smith and new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford simply want to take advantage of the team’s depth at the position.
“Doug’s a good football player. He knows that. You don’t see Doug complaining,” Lovie Smith told ESPN. “He knows what our plans are for him…Everywhere I've ever been, if you look at my history, we played more than one running back. We had a great running back (in Chicago) in Thomas Jones and we drafted Cedric Benson and played them both. One running back just can't make it through the season."Read more... Join the Conversation...