Martin’s Running Style Will Preserve HimJuly 20th, 2013
Workhouse, “bell cow” running back Doug Martin is sure to get even more work this season.
Joe can’t think of why, in the win-now NFL, the New Schiano Order would be concerned with Martin being healthy and fresh in, say, 2015. There’s no reason to keep a valuable weapon like that on the sidelines, especially when the Bucs have a beastly, if healthy, offensive line.
Martin had the fourth-most carries in the NFL last year with 319, plus he caught 49 balls. Joe could easily see those numbers jump 15 percent this season.
The huge workload should be no problem for Martin, says former Bucs running back/fullback Earnest Graham. He explained Martin’s running style will preserve him, during a recent WDAE-AM 620 interview.
“I consider him one of the most in-shape backs in football,” Graham said of Martin. “The way I see him finish runs, the way I see him finish at the end of the game. I think for any running back [the punishment] takes its toll after a while, you know. But I think he’s one of those guys who has a heck of a work ethic and is in fantastic shape. Being his size, he doesn’t take too many, you know, square hits.
“He’s always under everybody else’s pads. So I think he’s one of those guys. I don’t think he’s going to be one of those guys you’re going to have much of problem with injuries.”
Surely, Graham is a credible analyst of Martin’s running style. But as Graham knows too well, injuries can happen in all kinds of ways. Hopefully, Bucs fans won’t find out. The ability of the running backs behind Martin is unknown, and LeGarrette Blount is a Patriot.