Has Doug Martin Peaked?October 15th, 2013
Last year it was fun to watch Doug martin pound through linebackers and around cornerbacks for large chunks of real estate.
This year? Well, for the most part, Bucs fans are still waiting for that same punishing yet elusive runner from last year. Through five games, Martin seems, well, mortal.
This has Tom Jones scared. The Tampa Bay Times columnist is nauseous at the thought that, perhaps, Martin has been burned out by overuse.
Anyone else get a queasy feeling that RB Doug Martin, who has touched the ball 127 times in five games (495 in 21 pro games), is going to last about another year or two in this league? It was tough sledding Sunday: nine of his 16 carries were for 1 yard or fewer.
Joe totally understands where Jones is coming from. Running backs have short shelf lives and if you want to accelerate their timeclocks, a good start would be to hand a guy the ball 25 times a game.
That could be what is happening to Martin. Joe, however, sees the issue in a more macro lens.
The Bucs are just not blocking that well this year, partly because David Joseph is still recovering from his ugly knee surgery, and partially because Carl Nicks has been plagued by foot and toe issues.
If both Nicks and Joseph were healthy and playing at 100 percent, then Joe is confident the Muscle Hamster would have a lot more yards, and perhaps the Bucs would have a win or two.