“It’s A Blessing To Be Compared To A Two-Time Pro Bowler”

June 29th, 2017

New chatter from the Bucs’ rookie running back. (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com)

Whether you call it The Gem State, The Potato State or an unexpected football factory, Idaho now has a special place in the world of Buccaneers chatter.

It’s the spiritual home of Dirk Koetter, the pride of Pocatello. Koetter also was head coach at Boise State University, which has produced Doug Martin and new Bucs rookie ball carrier Jeremy McNichols. In between them at Boise State came Jay Ajayi, the Dolphins stud running back who thinks McNichols “has that fire inside” to be a star.

Boise State faithful see the crazy-productive McNichols as the next Martin. The rookie was coaching kids at a camp in Idaho this past week, and he talked about how Martin is guiding him, and about how the two are linked.

“I feel like Boise State has got a special family, and wherever we are, we’re going to look out for each other,” McNichols said told KMVT-TV while talking about Martin. “Me and Doug’s relationship has been really good so far. He’s helped me out a lot, you know, with the playbook.

“I mean, we had similar numbers in college. We’re about the same height, same weight, went to the same school. So it’s understandable. It’s a blessing to be compared to a two–time Pro–Bowler. Somebody that’s been at the top of the NFL for the past four to five years right now.”

Of course, ironically, if McNichols is the next Martin, then Martin surely will become a former Buccaneer. And if Ajayi brutalizes the Bucs on opening day while McNichols rides the bench, then Martin might have a better chance of staying in Tampa.

Enjoy the video below.

23 Responses to ““It’s A Blessing To Be Compared To A Two-Time Pro Bowler””

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    lets just hope he’s consistently productive and health year in and year out….GO BUCS!!!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “And if Ajayi brutalizes the Bucs on opening day while McNichols rides the bench, then Martin might have a better chance of staying in Tampa.”

    This makes no sense to me…..if Ajayi brutalizes the Bucs, that’s on our D…..has nothing to do with Martin or McNichols.

  3. Lamarcus Says:

    Martin is easily a top 50 rb in the WORLD. Think about that.

  4. Phil Says:

    We can call him MH2.

  5. tmaxcon Says:


    martin is maybe a top 50 back 2 out 5 years that is not a good average. he is the most unreliable back on the roster

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    “Me and Doug’s relationship has been really good so far.

    Keywords: so far

    that will change when McNichols makes Martin irrelevant. Which will happen ladies and gentlemen. no way licht and koetter count on the unreliable gerbil for next season. just is not going to happen.

  7. buc it Says:

    What are the 40 times for these two guys? Seems like Martin always gets caught from behind when he breaks one.

  8. Roadwarrior Says:

    Sounds like tmaxcom needs a Tampax to stop the negative flow that seems to constantly be coming from him.

  9. Mikadeemas Says:

    Top 50!! There’s only 32 teams!

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    McNichols College stats are more impressive than Martin’s were. CMac is a much better receiver and pass protector than Martin was coming out. Martin ran a 4.55 40 at the combine – JMac ran a 4.49.

    I’ve compared CMac and JMac’s College stats on here before as well. Very similar considering CMac was pick #8 and JMac was pick #162. Jmac has twice as many TDs as CMac and is a better pass blocker as well. Their receiving stats are near identical. Run the same 40 time.

    Hopefully we got ourselves a diamond in the rough with this 5th round RB selection. Time will tell…

  11. Maze Says:

    Sounds like somebody is day drinking early again at JoeBucsFan headquarters

  12. Lamarcus Says:

    Top 50. That’s right. List the top 50 rbs in the world today. Martin makes that list

  13. Lamarcus Says:

    Txmax. Your not a buc fan. Ur a buc downer. Parading on ppl downfall. Put on those pads and show us how it’s done. If not shut up

  14. Gilhealy Says:

    The coolest thing this season is we get to start division play late in the year. By then, Brees, Newton, and Ryan will have all taken quite a few licks. So will have Jameis. But a 23 year old nick ain’t like an an older guy nick. And, by then, the boys should have their timing down to a tee. We’re gonna create so many mismatches on every passing play. I can see McMoney having a big impact this season. Hell, it’s really unbelievable how good we look on paper. Who’d a thunk it? I can honestly see us scaring the all time scoring seasons record. If Culpepper could do it with Moss and Carter and company, Jameis has every bit a potent arsenal. If we click, watch out!

  15. webster Says:

    Heres a novel idea……if mcnichols balls out and martin comes back, lets keep both. That means you have 2 great backs. Im still not sure why the joes do not understand this concept. ((Martin is a great back? Based on? Secondly, he’s never showed anything to believe he could succeed as a part-time back. Not every back is wired that way.–Joe)) I should not be surprised. This is still the only local media outlet that suggested brate would possibly be trade bait because the bucs drafted howard. I guess they have never heard of two is better than one or one is the loneliest number.
    Joe didn’t advocate to trade Brate, only brought up in a handful of hours after selecting Howard that maybe the Bucs might consider the right deal for Brate. Hell, the regime would tell you they’d consider the right deal for any player-Joe

  16. Not there yet Says:

    Agreed there’s no reason why it has to be one or the other it can be both. I say if jac Rodgers doesn’t stand out he could easily be looking for a new job as well if mcnichols looks good in preseason. The appeal of this squad is that many of the core pieces are on rookie deals. Young producers will allow us to pay the big payday to our young stars

  17. mike10 Says:

    Ahhh Joe, at first I thought “wow, is Joe speaking of Martin in a positive light?!” Then I read the last paragraph.

    Your readers know u too well.

  18. mike10 Says:

    I will say though, what Dougie lacks in speed, he makes up for in elusiveness. He should have never been caught on the Philly highlight (above).

  19. mike10 Says:

    Hopefully McNichols is faster.

  20. THETRUTH Says:

    (Deleted items. … For someone called “THETRUTH,” you really shouldn’t make up stuff about Joe.–Joe

    Most of times is them coming up with scenarios maybe to have articles online.
    It’s also them just expressing outloud as we might amongst friends.

    Trading brate is total fantasy and that’s ok we have to just know when it’s fantasy and reality in articles. Is like the podcast when they give scenarios of kotter losing job.
    Theories !!!

  21. tnew Says:

    Martin will become a former Buccaneer. Every single player that puts on a jersey does. Derrick Brooks is a former Buccaneer. Even if McNichols is blowing up, no reason to make Martin a former Buccaneer. The NFL is littered with teams whose seasons blew up all because of injuries at key positions. I dare say we make the playoffs last year if our running back doesn’t injure a hamstring in week 2.

  22. duthsty rhothdes Says:

    Just like in cards or in life when you have to overtly advertise a “good hand” it usually turns out to be spit, bspn continually runs ads about SC6 how grear it is and its because the show sucks, hopefully licht got lucky drafting the last available RB and passing on AP

  23. Bucsfanman Says:

    Random thought: Why do people jump down Joe’s throat over his OPINION. It’s HIS/THEIR site. Debate or move on.

    We have a long way to go, or shall I say McNichols has a long way to go to prove he’s even as good as Martin. And before you jump on me, until proven otherwise, Martin IS the best back on THIS roster, injury-prone and all.