Monday Column: Doug Martin is Runnin’ Wild

Let’s flash back to the offseason for a moment. The Buccaneers decided not to pick up the fifth-year option on Doug Martin’s contract. That essentially meant 2015 could be his last year in a Tampa Bay uniform.

Dear Jason Licht: please re-sign this guy.

Martin is back and better than ever, showing the brilliance we haven’t seen since his rookie year. After Sunday’s performance in Philadelphia in which he rushed for 235 yards, No. 22 is one of the top running backs in the NFL – second-best, in fact.  In ten games, he has 941 yards on the ground. Only the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson has more.

And while Martin has only found the end zone four times, I believe his success – and the effectiveness of the entire running game – is a factor in Jameis Winston’s recent success. What quarterback wouldn’t like to have a running game like the Bucs have right now? They’re averaging 142 yards per game on the ground – third best in the league.

Hopefully Martin can keep running wild for the rest of the year, and be rewarded in the offseason for doing so.

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