Boise State NFL connections: Week 5

Staff and wire servicesOctober 6, 2013 

MARTIN BEING CHALLENGED

Bucs RB Doug Martin (Boise State) understands defenses will make stopping him the first priority with rookie Mike Glennon now at quarterback. But Martin wants better results than last Sunday’s 13-10 loss to Arizona.

“We just got outplayed by the D,’’ he said after being held to 45 yards on 27 carries. “They had about seven, eight, nine (players) in the box throughout the whole game, and we tried some play-action. It worked sometimes. Sometimes, it didn’t.’’

Martin’s success as a rookie last season was balanced against now-released QB Josh Freeman throwing for 4,065 yards. And until the Bucs can establish a downfield passing threat, Martin will face lots of defenders at the line of scrimmage.

“I just have to face reality. That’s what defenses seem to do: stack the box and stop the run and force the quarterback to throw,’’ he said. “You still have to run the ball, keep a consistent run game as well as the pass game and work off each other like that.’’

Martin’s 342 rushing yards rank fourth, though his 3.4 yards per carry are the fewest among the top 12.

SCANDRICK VS. MANNING & CO.

Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick (Boise State) faces one of the most potent offenses in NFL history.

Denver’s Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas have combined for 1,236 yards receiving and 15 of Peyton Manning’s 16 touchdowns.

“None of those guys are going to miss the bus,’’ said Scandrick, who has moved ahead of 2012 first-round pick Morris Claiborne as the No. 2 cornerback. “We’ve got to look forward to stuff like this. I know I do.’’

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