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How Doug can Avoid A Sophomore Slump

Every season, there is a batch of rookies that perform above the expectations placed upon them. Last season there was; Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, and even Tampa's own Muscle Hamster, Doug Martin. Martin a late round pick, that nobody saw coming. Tampa had a solid starter in Blount, and no one even knew if Doug was going to start. Well he did and he trampled all over teams, rushing for 1,454 yards, and eleven touchdowns. The question comes a sophomore slump? Is it possible? Sure. It's possible, but here is how Doug can avoid the terrible slump.

Don't Stray From His Game. Doug Martin has to really follow this golden rule. Doug is a balanced back for sure, but he must know he can't take the glamour of trying to bounce runs outside. A fan favorite breakaway long run where the back shakes and bakes their way to the endzone just isn't Martins game. Now you may be thinking this is irrelevant, but backs often take this route, I'm not saying Doug will, because he seems like an extremely focused player. Doug will be smashing the ball up the middle and getting his smash mouth yards like he's supposed to. If Martin follows the plan that suits his skills, he'll be just fine.

Do Not Overdo It. This topic kind of coincides with not straying from his game. Doug basically just has to realize he does not need to do everything himself. He needs to not "overtry" I know that's just a word I made up, but by saying that I mean on botched plays don't try to "Barry Sanders" it just get back to the line. When he's breaking through the hole, follow the play don't take his own path. Lastly for this portion don't demand the ball, do not try to take the whole game into his own hands, because that's when everything goes wrong.

A Few Last Tips. As long as he doesn't get hurt, or suspended, for whatever reason that'd be, Doug should be talented enough, have enough of a surrounding cast, and be focused enough to have a repeat season. I think Doug will do just fine. Pertaining to above I know Doug is a perfect player, he'll never get in trouble or let his ego get in front of him. That being said Martin will be A okay.

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