The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a nice offseason so far, and got more good news today with star running back Doug Martin being medically cleared. Martin had a very disappointing 2013 season due to injuries and was officially ruled out for the season after tearing his labrum. All that being said, according to Martin’s Twitter account, he has been cleared to play and will get a good offseason of work in prior to the 2014 season.
CLEARED!!!! Excited to be back y’all!!
— Doug Martin (@DougMartin22) March 31, 2014
There’s no question that Martin is going to be very welcome back to the field. Tampa Bay went through two more running backs after Martin went down with injury, and there’s no denying the talent and potential that Martin has. He’ll use the disappointment of last season as motivation for this year, and is expected to put together a very nice season.
Martin only played in six regular season games with the Buccaneers last season, carrying the football 127 times for 456 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers add up to just a 3.6 yards per carry average, but a lot of that had to do with the Buccaneers not having a passing attack to help balance the defensive pressure. Tampa Bay went out and signed former Bears quarterback Josh McCown this offseason, and they believe that he will add a much more consistent arm that defenses will have to respect.
Overall, this is a very good piece of news for the Buccaneers. They are hoping that Martin can come back with a huge year, and it’s very possible that he could. If he’s able to return to the form that he showed in his rookie season, the Buccaneers are going to be a lot better than they were last season.