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Data Crunch

Doug Martin's Running Start

After a strong start to the 2015 season, many Bucs fans have proclaimed that Doug Martin is back to his rookie form. He might be better than ever.

Doug Martin earned 1,881 yards from scrimmage in 2012, his rookie season, earning a spot on the Pro Bowl’s roster that year.  After missing a combined 15 games during the past two seasons, Martin is off to a better start through five games this season than in his first.  With 499 yards on the season, Martin is not only outperforming his stellar rookie season, he is also proving to be amongst the best at his position.  As of Week 6, Martin is one of 24 running backs on pace to surpass 1,000 yards from scrimmage.  Perhaps more impressive is that he shares the backfield with another player on that list, Buccaneers second year back Charles Sims, and yet is still in the top seven in total yards per game.

Martin has displayed a well-rounded skill set this season, earning him ProFootballFocus’s highest grade amongst running backs, tied with 2014 All-Pro Le’Veon Bell.  He is gaining 4.6 yards per carry, has not dropped a pass, and has scored a combined four touchdowns.  He also ranks fourth in pass blocking, something that doesn’t show up in the box score but is a vital attribute for a back.  In Week 5, he was voted the NFL’s Ground Player of the Week, as fans recognized his efforts in leading the Buccaneers to a 38-31 win over the Jaguars.

Use the dropdown below to compare Martin (as well as Sims) to the other backs on pace to break 1,000 total yards.


Statistics via
ProFootballFocus.com.