NFC South Top 25: No. 7

July, 11, 2013
7/11/13
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We continue my NFC South Top 25 with No. 7:

Doug Martin, running back, Buccaneers

What he did in 2012: As a rookie, Martin instantly became Tampa Bay’s all-purpose running back. He carried 319 times for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 49 passes for 472 yards and one touchdown.

Why he’s No. 7 in 2013: The scary thing about Martin is he put up phenomenal numbers behind a makeshift offensive line. Pro Bowl guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks are coming back from injuries and that means Martin’s numbers should only escalate. This guy earned the trust of the coaching staff with last year’s performance and I think that only means more touches in Martin’s future. I’m not saying he’s ready to put up Adrian Peterson numbers. But, if I had to draft a running back for my fantasy football team, I’d have Martin very high on my list.

For previous entries in the NFC South top 25, click here.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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