Bucs RB Doug Martin: 'I feel like I can handle anything'

From ESPN - October 13, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. -- One week after his return from suspension, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said he is ready for a full workload against the Arizona Cardinals.

I feel like I can handle anything that the coaches ask me to. Im prepared to do that," said Martin, who rushed for 74 yards on 13 carries against the New England Patriots last week. His 5.69 yards-per-rush average was fourth among running backs with 10 or more touches last week.

"It felt really good going back in there. I was surprised how quickly some of the stuff came back," Martin said. "I was actually surprised how quickly the reads came and how the quick twitch was there as well. It was a good feeling to have."

Martin not only had not played in three weeks, but had not practiced with the team in four because of Hurricane Irma. He had not even participated in a padded practice prior to the game because of the abbreviated week before the Thursday night game.

I just wanted to go out there and show everybody that Im back. I have fresh legs," Martin said. "In the middle of the game, I kind of did feel like I had not played ball in four weeks, but it did feel good to get out there and help the team in the beginning.

The majority of Martin's work came in the first three quarters. A lot of that had to do with the Bucs trying to play catch-up and score quickly, but that also probably allowed Martin a more manageable workload.

This week, he should be seeing more.

Against the Cardinals last week, Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount rushed for 74 yards, with 51 yards coming after contact, fourth most in the league. He also averaged 5.29 yards per rush, fifth in the league and just behind Martin. And like Blount, Martin excels after contact.


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