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Top 15 Buccaneers: No. 5

6/14/2014

We continue our list of the top 15 Buccaneers with No. 5:

Doug Martin, running back

What he did in 2013: Martin’s second NFL season wasn’t as successful as his first. A shoulder injury limited him to six games. Martin carried 127 times for 456 yards and one touchdown. That came after Martin rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie.

Why he’s No. 5 in 2014: All indications are that Martin will be back at full strength and that’s wonderful news for the Buccaneers, who are likely to rely heavily on the running game. Under former coach Greg Schiano, the Bucs handed Martin a very heavy load. New offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford has indicated he’ll use a backfield rotation. That should lighten Martin’s load and keep him fresh. Even with fewer carries, he might be more productive than in the past. The Bucs also are likely to throw to their running backs quite a bit and Martin needs to be ready to contribute in that area.