We all know how cool the name Muscle Hamster is, but last year running back Doug Martin certainly proved that he deserves a better nickname. Having a fantastic rookie season, getting the ball over 300 times and rushing for nearly 1,500 yards. Martin definitely showed the NFL that he has a bright future ahead of him.
During the 2012 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jumped ahead to get Martin. His stats showed that Tampa’s move in the draft paid off. Martin’s best game was against the Oakland Raiders. He had touchdowns from 45, 67 and 70 yards out with another one yard touchdown run as well. After that game his name was thrown into the rookie of the year contest. When Tampa drafted Martin they expected results, but not this soon.
This season, Martin could even be thrown into the MVP pile with the return of Pro Bowl guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks, who both suffered from season ending injuries last year. If both guards, with tackle Donald Penn, remain healthy, Martin would have a lot more protection running down the field.
Martin has a great backup behind him with one of the newest Buccaneers, Peyton Hillis. Hillis, however, has not had the best couple of years playing for two different teams. In 2010, Hillis was one of the best running backs in the league even getting put on the cover of Madden, but after the so called “Madden Curse” took place, Hillis hasn’t been the same. Hopefully this year will be a turnaround for Hillis, as he is with his third team in three years.
With all these returns and additions to the Buccaneers roster and with Martin’s experience in the league increasing, he could really take the NFL by storm.