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Author: Jon Kuzma
Doug Martin was one of the best running backs in the league back in 2015 racking up 1,402 rushing yards and solidifying the Buccaneers running game. All that good fortune stopped in 2016 and not only did Martin slump production wise, he had some off the field issues as well. Now as we enter the 2017 season though Doug Martin seems to be back to top form and maybe this is why the Buccaneers weren’t serious about signing Adrian Peterson this off-season. The Bucs got a little bit of production from Jacquizz Rodgers after they signed him from free agency. Maybe Tampa’s plan all along was the idea that Rodgers and a recovering Doug Martin were good enough to carry the offensive load for this franchise. If Martin’s recovery wasn’t going this well, the Buccaneers would have definitely needed another running back. That’s why Tampa considered bringing in Peterson for more running back depth however it’s obvious that the Buccaneers front office knew that Doug Martin was having success in his rehabilitation. Martin is only 28 years old so he has plenty of good years left in front of him. The next step for the veteran running back is just keeping his hands clean and going about his business. If Doug Martin can keep his mistakes in 2016 and continue to execute on the field like he has at OTAs, and at all the camps. That would be the best course of action for Doug Martin and remember this guy has been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five seasons. He has done a lot of great things while wearing that Bucs uniform so it’s good to see the organization stand by Martin through his troubles and more teams/companies in the world can learn from this situation. The loyalty Tampa Bay showed to Doug Martin is now going to be rewarded by Martin’s success on the field. Which is really what it’s all about if you’re professional football team.
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