Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin's Success Eased Transition for Winston

Doug Martin's dominant season helped Jameis Winston smoothly transition into playing in the NFL.

Against Carolina in Week 17, Doug Martin capped a stellar 2015 season with 1,402 yards, finishing as the NFL's No. 2 rusher. Martin rushed for 100 yards or more four times this season and averaged 4.87 yards per carry.

Several Buccaneers benefitted from Martin's success, but perhaps none more than rookie quarterback Jameis Winston.

"He's definitely the best back that I've seen in a long time," Winston said. "The way that he sticks one foot in the ground and gets vertical, and the amount of tackles that he has broken this year and the amount of weight that he's taken off of my shoulders for my rookie season, I couldn't be more thankful for Doug than anything in the world. I love Doug and I thank him. My family thanks him for what he's done for me this season."

Winston threw for 4,024 yards, the third-most by a rookie in NFL history. He finished with the second-most passing yards in a single season in Buccaneer history, as well. His 28 combined touchdowns (22 passing and six rushing) are the third-most by a rookie since the NFL/AFL merger.

Behind Winston and Martin, Tampa Bay finished with 375.7 yards per game, No. 5 in the league. That marks their highest finish in franchise history.

Martin finished the season with several awards, as expected. He was named an All-Pro by the Associated Press, becoming just the second Buccaneer running back to earn the honor. It was the first time Martin's been named an All-Pro. He was also selected for his second Pro Bowl. For more on Martin's excellent season, follow the link below.


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