Earlier this week, ESPN compiled a list of 10 of the most improved players in the NFL. Among those listed was Buccaneers running back, Doug Martin.
"Since (his) rookie year, Martin has graded out poorly and was our 49th and 50th-ranked running back in the past two seasons," Sam Monson wrote in his ESPN Insider article. "This year he is No. 3 in the NFL and has been better than ever. Were it not for a couple of fumbles, he would be the best-graded back in football through 10 weeks."
Martin's numbers support Monson's analysis. His rookie season in 2012 was, by far, his best as a pro, rushing for 1,454 yards. After back-to-back seasons with less than 500 rushing yards in 2013 and 2014, Martin is on pace 1,254 yards this season.
Through nine games, Martin's picked up 706 rushing yards, the fifth-most in the league. He's surpassed 100 yards in a game three times thus far. He's also contributed in the passing game, catching 21 passes, the third-most of any Buccaneer, for 188 yards.
Other notable players included in ESPN's list include Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola. For the full list, click HERE.