TAMPA â?? Doug Martin is used to getting knocked down as a running back, but this time he needed some help getting back up.
Suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy in December, one week after he was benched for a critical game at New Orleans that the Bucs lost, Martin voluntarily sought help at an undisclosed rehab center and completed his stay in February.
When coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht met with Martin a week before the league’s scouting combine, where they closely watched a deep collection of talented running backs, he was clear-eyed and focused on the future.
“He looked good. He sounded good,” Koetter said. “I’m proud of Doug for taking steps to get his health back. Doug’s under contract. He was going to head back out to California to train. We tell the players, come back in April and then we’ll see where it goes from there.”
Where Martin fits into the Bucs’ plans is uncertain.
“Fortunately, we have some time to make that decision,” Licht said.
The decision will be much easier if the Bucs use a first- or second-round pick on a running back in the draft April 27-29.
And make no mistake, the Bucs might be foolish not to take advantage of a deep pool of ball carriers, including three projected to go in …
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