We're going through prediction threads this preseason: try to predict the statistics of some of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' best players. Today: Doug Martin.
The muscle hamster broke onto the scene as a dominant back in 2012, his rookie season. Racking up 1,454 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns and adding another 49 receptions for 472 receptions and one touchdown saw him become one of the most productive players in the NFL that season.
His second year wasn't as successful. A shoddy offensive line and a sudden decline in vision kept him to just 3.6 yards per carry before he landed on injured reserve with a torn labrum in week six. That injury won't bother him this year, but a questionable line certainly will -- and we don't know whether he's fixed the problems that held him back early last year, either. And then there's the question of how many carries he'll lose to Charles Sims, Mike James and Bobby Rainey, too.
One positive (or negative): Martin lost a couple of pounds and is noticeably slimmer this year, in an attempt to get faster. He's looked good in training camp so far, but we won't know how he'll do until we get to preseason and, ultimately the regular season.
So, how productive do you think Martin will be on the ground this year?