Note: Each day during camp, we’ll take a look at one of the former Boise State football players in the NFL. The full list is here.
Former Boise State tailback Doug Martin produced a thrilling rookie season and endured a nightmarish second year.
The Bucs went 4-12 last season and coach Greg Schiano was fired. Martin only played in six games because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.
“We don’t like to mention or think about last year,” Martin told reporters this summer in Tampa. “Nothing went our way last year.”
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Martin is healthy again this year and the new coaching staff led by Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford has talked about reducing Martin’s workload to keep him fresh.
“Fresh is good,” Martin said. “I’m loving this playbook right now.”
In 2012, Martin rushed 319 times for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns and made 49 catches for 472 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 23 touches per game and 120.4 yards per game.
Last year, he carried 127 times for 456 yards and one touchdown. He also made 12 catches for 66 yards. Again, he averaged 23 touches per game, but his yardage dropped to 87 per game.
Keeping him healthy will be key for the Bucs this year.
“It was a tough time (being injured),” Martin said, “but now it’s time to go. I’m just happy to be back out on the field. You can’t take this job for granted because that’s how the game goes. You have to take every rep like it’s your last.
“ I just want to go out and play the game like I did my first year here and play like I love it.”
TV games this week involving former Broncos:
Dallas (Tyrone Crawford, Orlando Scandrick, DeMarcus Lawrence) at San Diego (Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe), 8 p.m. Thursday, NFL Network
New Orleans at St. Louis (Austin Pettis), 6 p.m. Friday, NFL Network
Cleveland (Billy Winn) at Detroit (Kellen Moore), 5:30 p.m. Saturday, NFL Network
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