While I’m sure there were plenty of people that predicted Doug Martin would burst on the scene in 2012, I wasn’t one of them. Martin was not even close to being on my radar before the season, but boy did that change as the weeks went by. When it was all said and done, Martin rushed for 1,454 yards, while racking up another 472 yards through the air. In total, he scored 12 touchdowns, and amassed nearly 2,000 combined yards. It was a spectacular rookie season, to say the least.
But, it’s fair to wonder if his rookie year was just a ‘lightning in a bottle’ situation.
First off, not a lot of players are even capable of putting up the kind of numbers Martin did in 2012. He was the epitome of a dual-threat back, and just a playmaker, in general. Based on what we saw of him last year, Martin seems to have all the makings of a guy who can take it to the house at any time. Just with the physical talent he possesses, I think he has the ability to maintain a high level of success.
While the numbers that Martin put up are going to be tough to top, I think he’ll be up to the task. Maybe he doesn’t surpass the 2,000 total yard mark, but he should be close to it for the foreseeable future. His role in the passing game will likely only increase over time, and that’s actually an area where he can improve. In 2012, he only found the end zone once, via the air.
All factors considered, I don’t think Martin’s rookie season was a fluke. He has the makeup of a long-term star in today’s NFL, and I expect him to keep putting up big numbers for a long time.
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