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Doug Martin just sixth in 2016 Pro Bowl votes for running backs

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Doug Martin is having an outstanding season, probably his best season in his career. His 1,133 rushing yards rank second in the league behind only Adrian Peterson, and he's doing it with a very impressive 5.0 yards per carry -- tops among all NFL backs with at least 150 rushing attempts. His 1,327 yards from scrimmage similarly rank second among running backs and fourth overall, and the only thing really lacking this year is touchdowns -- he has five total, which is decent but not quite dominant.

Given all of those statistics and the way he's played on the field, you'd expect Martin to be one of the top-ranked backs in Pro Bowl fan voting. Instead, he's ranked just sixth -- behind Devonta Freeman, Adrian Peterson, Todd Gurley, Jonathan Stewart and Mark Ingram, despite outperforming every one of those backs aside from Peterson. The gap is substantial: Martin has 138,161 votes to Mark Ingram's 156,984, and the other four backs all have over 260,000 votes.

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The most likely Buc to go the Pro Bowl, at least based on fan voting, is Gerald McCoy. The defensive tackle has seven sacks this season, and is the fourth-ranked defensive tackle in Pro Bowl voting, behind Aaron Donald, Kawann Short and Geno Atkins. While McCoy's season has not quite been up to the standards of previous seasons, he's still playing some outstanding football.

Lavonte David is ranked seventh among outside linebackers, which is a bit of a surprise after a very poor start to the season. He's picked it up in recent weeks, though, and the lack of outstanding outstanding linebacker play in the NFL this season helps as well.

No other Bucs were listed among the top ten at any position. Fan votes are just one third of the Pro Bowl selection process, with coaches and players getting one third of the vote each.