Doug Martin believes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a big season ahead of them, and that 'the sky is the limit'.
The running back is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the team, so not only is it a big season ahead for the Bucs, it's also a big season for him personally as well to gain a new contract with the team.
Martin's form though has slipped ever since his first year in the league in 2012. That year, he managed to achieve 1,454 yards. Thanks to injuries over the past two seasons though, he's only managed to achieve 950 yards across 2013 and 2014.
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The 2012 draftee is the eternal optimist for the season ahead.
He said according to ESPN: "The sky is the limit. We have a lot of potential going into this year with this team. We have a lot of weapons and a lot of guys with fire in them that want to be successful. I just can't wait to get out there with them."
Head Coach Lovie Smith has backed Martin for a big year as well.
He said: “We would just like for him to continue what he’s been doing," Smith said. “We’ve all taken notice. It seems like he has a little more bounce to his step, running with confidence. And he needs to.
"It's an important year for Doug and for our football team to establish the run game and Doug's our starting tailback. We talk about the commitment to the run. He's done it before. There's no reason he can't do it again."
The Bucs will want to improve on their 4-12 and fourth place finish in the NFC South last season. With a new quarterback under center in the form of Jameis Winston, wide receiver Mike Evans receiving a lot of attention and showing promising potential, and this new found optimism by Martin, it's a big season ahead for the Tampa offense.
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