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Tampa Bay Buccaneers operating again Doug Martin returned from a 3-recreation suspension to hurry for seventy four yards and a landing on thirteen carries in his 2017 season debut towards the New England Patriots.
It was his first common season recreation since Dec. 18, 2016, after final season was reduce brief by damage.
Together with his first recreation behind him, he feels even higher heading into the Week 6 contest towards the Arizona Cardinals.
“I really feel like I can deal with something coach asks me to do,’’ Martin stated, based on Roy Cummings of Florida Soccer Insiders. “I’m ready to do all the things.’’
Martin’s thirteen carries and one reception final week got here regardless of enjoying simply 26 complete snaps, whereas Charles Sims led the backfield with 32 and Jacquizz Rodgers performed thirteen, in response to Soccer Outsiders.
For Martin, the productive outing was an essential first step towards a full return.
“I used to be stunned at how fast a few of the stuff got here again to me,’’ Martin stated. “I used to be stunned at how shortly the reads got here and the way the twitch was and the way good (my) cuts have been. It was a very good feeling to have.’’
With Sims and Rodgers splitting the work by means of the primary three weeks of the season, the Buccaneers rank thirtieth in complete workforce dashing yards, averaging simply 86 yards per recreation by way of 4 weeks.
Whereas it has been only one recreation, handing the reigns again to Martin on a full-time foundation looks like the easiest way for the Buccaneers to climb the ranks.