Buccaneers hope for more health for Martin in 2017

Injury and inconsistency have marked Martin's career so far. Entering his sixth season, PFF shows what he can work on.

| 2 weeks ago
(Elsa/Getty Images)

(Elsa/Getty Images)

Buccaneers hope for more health for Martin in 2017

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has drawn praise from the likes of team leaders Lavonte David, Robert Ayers, and Jameis Winston over this past week. Martin, who is facing a three-game suspension to start the 2017 season, will be looking to bounce back after a 2016 season where his overall grade fell from 84.8 in 2015 to 66.8 last season.
  • Health has played a major role throughout Martin’s career. His overall grade was 81.4 in 2012 and 84.8 in 2015 — both of those seasons, he was able to stay healthy and play all 16 games.
  • Martin missed 10 games in 2013, five in 2014, and eight in 2016, and put up overall grades of 54.2, 64.3, and 66.8 respectively.
  • Entering his sixth season, injuries have taken a toll on his elusive rating, as his average rating between his 2012 and 2015 seasons was 61.9, compared to 23.7 across 2013, 2014, and 2016.

Doug Martin

  • Mike J.

    Teammates have been beyond effusive on Martin’s shape & attitude in a few get-togethers this spring. We shall see what he looks like when push comes to shove, but Doug appears to be fully in the Bucs’ plans as a starter to open the season.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Dougie is a solid leader and team player which is why he gets that kind of respect. He can give any defense a major headache when he’s healthy and he takes a lot of pressure off Winston. The Bucs are lucky to have the Hamster.