Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eric Dickerson

History on Doug Martin's side

September, 4, 2013
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When it comes to Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, a lot of people are wondering if he’ll have a sophomore slump.

I don’t see it. First off, he should be running behind a very good offensive line. Guard Davin Joseph is healthy after missing last season. Once guard Carl Nicks gets back from a staph infection, the Bucs could have one of the NFL’s best offensive lines.

Second, history is on Martin’s side. He had 1,926 yards from scrimmage last season, the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL history. Eric Dickerson (2,212 yards) holds the record and Edgerrin James (2,139 yards) is second, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Dickerson improved to 2,244 yards in his second season and James’ total jumped to 2,303 yards.

#NFLRank Nos. 51-60

August, 23, 2013
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The latest installment of #NFLRank (Nos. 51-60) is out and the NFC South has one player on the offense and two players on the defense. Let’s take a look.

Offense

Martin
51. Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin

Stats & Info: Martin had 1,926 yards from scrimmage last season, the third-most by a rookie in NFL history behind Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James. In Week 9, Martin became the first player in NFL history with three rushing TDs of 45-plus yards in single game

Yasinskas comment: This ranking might be a little too low for Martin. He had a great rookie season and is only going to get better.

Defense

McCoy
McCoy
51. Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy

Stats & Info: Since drafting McCoy in 2010, the Buccaneers defense has allowed 4 yards per rush with him on the field and 5 yards per rush when he is off the field.

Yasinskas comment: McCoy stayed healthy last year and ended up making the Pro Bowl. As long as he stays healthy, McCoy is one of the league’s best defensive tackles.

Johnson
55. Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson

Stats & Info: Johnson led all defensive linemen in the league with seven forced fumbles last season. He also had 12.5 sacks, third among defensive linemen behind J.J. Watt (20.5) and Cameron Wake (15.0).

Yasinskas comment: Johnson has made Carolina fans forget all about Julius Peppers.

NFC South showing to date:

Offense

51. Martin

65. New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston

70. Carolina center Ryan Kalil

71. Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith

86. New Orleans guard Ben Grubbs

87. Atlanta running back Steven Jackson

98. Carolina offensive tackle Jordan Gross

100. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton

Defense

51. McCoy

55. Johnson

80. Atlanta cornerback Asante Samuel

86. Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon

93. Atlanta safety William Moore

96. Atlanta defensive end Osi Umenyiora

97. Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron

98. Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David

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