Doug Martin Will Still Pass ProtectAugust 23rd, 2013
Last week Bucs fans got a scare when Doug Martin, while pass protecting Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman, took a knee to the head and had his bell rung, forced to leave the game.
Some Bucs fans may wonder why Martin, a smallish yet bowling ball kind of build, is pass protecting since he is such a vital part of the offense. Well, don’t expect that to stop, Martin told the Tampa Bay pen and mic club yesterday. If Martin is in the game and the Bucs call a pass, he will be blocking if not catching passes.
“I am good at it,” Martin said. “To be a productive back, you have to pass protect. Read the defense and protect the quarterback. It is a fight. It is a fight. You have to have that want-to.”
Yes, Martin has that want-to. But Joe is worried. This is not the first time Martin had his noggin’ rattled. It happened in the final game of the regular season at Atlanta too when Martin said that he and then-Dixie Chicks cornerback Dunte Robinson each knocked “each other out.” The way the NFL is paranoid about concussions, could Martin be in the early stages of developing a pattern of getting minor concussions or worse?
Friends, without Martin in the backfield, this team is in a world of hurt.
To hear more from Martin, click the arrow below. Audio courtesy of Joe’s friends at WDAE-AM 620.