Buccaneers running back Doug Martin gained 1,926 yards from scrimmage as a rookie in 2012. That was the third-highest total of any player in the league, and Martin did it without seeing much field time on third downs. According to the Tampa Tribune's Ira Kaufman, that is "likely" to change this season because Martin is doing what it takes to be a three-down player.
"I went out and played hard (last year)," Martin said. "I played my butt off for my teammates, and the rest took care of itself. Now, I want to improve on my route-running and my blocking. To be an every-down back in this league, you need to pass protect."
We already know Martin can catch as he hauled in 49 passes last year. Sure, the blocking could use some work; let's not forget that Martin tried to pick up a block during a preseason game and almost ended up with a concussion. If he progresses in that area, there's no reason why he shouldn't be a true, every-down workhorse. Martin is Tampa Bay's best offensive player, and there is no running back on his team even close to him in terms of talent. It's not crazy to think he could put up even bigger numbers in his sophomore season.