“He Looks Even Better”

September 3rd, 2016


After Doug Martin emerged with a healthy and strong training camp and just nine preseason carries for 31 yards, a former teammate of his was talking big.

That man is Bucs legend Ronde Barber, who was alongside Martin bursting onto the NFL scene in 2012.

Ronde spoke on CBS Sports radio this week about how Martin has changed and, apparently, permanently transformed.

Oh, Ronde raved about how the 2015 Martin “had a burst and an energy in his step that I haven’t seen since my last year.”

Brother Tiki Barber interrupted and chuckled that it was a contract year for Martin, but Ronde said it goes beyond that.

“You know what, to be honest with you, Doug got right last year. A lot of it was injuries, but a lot of it was commitment,” Ronde said. “Last year, he came into camp, his body changed. He looked different physically. This guy, you know he put the work in and it showed on the field. This year, you look at him, he looks even better. And he didn’t get a lot of reps in the preseason, but in practice, his quickness and his short-space suddenness is there.”

Great news there from a highly-trained eye. Joe did not see a better version of Martin through training camp. Joe would even have said Martin might have been tiny bet less intense and physically imposing than he was last year. But regardless, he looks great.

For those thinking Tiki Barber was knocking Martin, he wasn’t. Remember, it was Tiki Barber who talked to Martin about how much he admires his “enormous ass.”

12 Responses to ““He Looks Even Better””

  1. Buccfan37 Says:

    Praise be for a giant ass is responsible for Doug’s juking and bouncing through small openings. The muscles carrying the load of the muscle scamperer.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Falling in love with giant a$$es has been a downfall of Pablo’s. Most of Pablo’s many many children are because Pablo chased cahitas with gigante extremos.”

  3. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    I’m telling you guys… Doug is going to have a fantastic year. My hope is that Koetter and Jameis can get creative to build early leads and Martin can just wear teams out in the second half. He hasn’t had a lot of touches in preseason but go back and look at that stretch play against the browns. He bursted and picked linebacker off his feet and sent him airborn about four yards. Shot out of a cannon. It’s going to be a fun season watching the dougernaught.

  4. CalBucsFan Says:

    In Ronde I trust, more often than not when he speaks he’s right.

    Hey Joe, Bradford trade brings Philly a 1st & 4th pick? Really? I thought for sure Glennon would be a legitimate option that they would consider for around a 2nd or third round pick, but I guess that just shows MG isn’t even worth a 4th rounder, eh?

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    My boy’s going to punish the Falcons.

    Go Bucs!

  6. Irishmist Says:

    Tiki knows enormous ass.

  7. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Peterson doesn’t take a single snap in the pre season. No criticism. Dougie dresses take a few snaps and he doesn’t quite look as impressive as last season. Then we turn around and turn the convo into a subject about his @$$.. C’mon man its no wonder the rest of the league looks at us like we’re a joke. I wanna know how many times tiki was criticised for running hard during a contact year.

  8. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    We’re talking about the league #2 rusher from last season @$$. #2 only because he had how many less carries??? How many pro bowlers on the vikes D??? We have at least 3 maybe 4 om ours. But we shouldn’t expect to be a playoff team when they were. Stop it. Raise ya blood clod expectations.

  9. biff barker Says:

    Can’t complain that the Bucs value their assents. (Ray Perkins ghosts!)

    Seems to me, our new staff practices what they preach. Long season. No benefit at all to prove that vets can play.

    The players know this. More locker room cred at OBP. I’m getting spooled up and all this la la means a winning season.

  10. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Giants waived Andre Williams – I’d love to add some beef to our backfield… Sorry mike james. Any takers???

  11. ARGH_M8E Says:

    And oh ya… The Dougernaut is gonna be EPIC this year.

  12. JonBuc Says:

    Just Tiki being Tiki…the one time “top twin” who could do no wrong….only to fumble away his career and personal life. Meanwhile, the humble Ronde kept his mind right while becoming a Top 5 Buccaneer of all time and potential Hall of Famer.