Martin’s Versatility On DisplayOctober 14th, 2012
Doug Martin had a huge catch-and-run for 42 yards today, seen here via NFL.com highlights. (If you want to see how NOT to block, watch the right side of the Bucs’ offensive line, and then compare it to the left side.)
It was a fantastic move and acceleration, and a lot of what Bucs fans envisioned when Martin was drafted in the first round this year.
“It was a turn route, expected outside versus man coverage,” Martin told Joe. “I was manned up and that’s what I did. Josh put it right on me and I was able to make a move and get downfield.”
Joe liked seeing Martin taking tosses and running wide. What a concept! It was all part of the plan for the Chiefs, Martin said.
“It was the game plan. We were addressing outside run plays,” Martin said. “That’s what we wanted to see coming in. LeGarrette and I working inside and outside. Pound the rock.”
Martin says he’s fine running inside or outside, but it’s clear to Joe he’s more dangerous outside the tackles.
While Martin had a couple of dropped passes today, a major no-no of the New Schiano Order, Joe would still like to see Martin get more work.
Why D.J. Ware is in over Martin on third down is a mystery. Joe has heard rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano say repeatedly that Martin is an every-down back. If so, get him on the field. Let the kid get those valuable reps.