Bucs are betting they signed the good Martin

by Gary Shelton on March 10, 2016 · 1 comment

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

The Bucs paid the price to keep Doug Martin in their huddle.

The Bucs paid the price to keep Doug Martin in their huddle.

Thursday, 6 a.m.

A year ago, no one cared which direction Doug Martin might have run.

He was yesterday's flavor, a kid who had hit the league hard but had been spent the two seasons afterward getting hit hard. He was the product of the previous coach, a memory in cleats. He ran between disappointment and dissatisfaction, and it can safely be said that the league did not wait for him breathlessly.

Ah, but look at Martin now. He was second in the NFL in rushing, first in yards per attempt. He was the soul of the ground game that kept the game from being force-fed to rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. Once again, he was a weapon.

And now that he is a rich man, it is time to ask this question:

Are we certain the Bucs have signed the right one?

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Cecil DeBald March 10, 2016 at 8:19 am

Looks like we signed an offensive lineman who’s supposed to be a good run blocker (alas, maybe not so good a pass blocker…) so I’d expect the Bucs to be using Martin and Sims a lot next season, and let Winston go for those explosion plays – or whatever the coach calls the big plays…



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