Doug Martin for Offensive Rookie of the Year?

July 28, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) runs with the ball during training camp at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

By all accounts, Doug Martin has had a stellar training camp so far. He looks fast, powerful, explosive. He reads his blocks well, has the patience to wait for openings to develop and the skills to exploit them. He has the speed to go outside and the power to run inside. Not insignificantly, he looks like a fluid pass-catcher and quality pass-protector, which should give him a lot more touches. That's how Mocking the Draft looks at the situation as well, giving Martin the third-best chance to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't spend a first round pick on Doug Martin to have him spell LaGarette Blount. The coaching staff seems to have lost faith in Blount, and it's tough to blame them. Martin is the far superior back and will get a chance to handle a substantial workload as a rookie. I think he's ready for it, too.

There's just one problem with that reasoning: the coaching staff has not 'lost faith' in Legarrette Blount, and that will certainly limit Martin's touches. I expect Martin to still get the majority of the workload, but Blount will get his share as well. And if Blount can be productive on the field, he'll earn some more carries - as long as he doesn't fumble. Martin can, of course, still win the award - but he'll have to share part of the carries, and competing with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson won't be easy.

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