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Broncos in the NFL: Doug Martin chases bounce-back year

Former Boise State tailback Doug Martin has been “one of the stars of training camp” with the Tampa Bay Bucs, according to ESPN.com.

Martin was one of the best stories in the NFL as a rookie in 2012, when he rushed for 1,454 yards and added 472 receiving yards.

But he has been limited to 950 rushing yards and 25 receiving yards in the two years since while dealing with an array of injuries.

He says he feels the best he has since his rookie year going into Saturday’s preseason opener at the Vikings.

“We would just like for him to continue what he’s been doing," Bucs coach Lovie Smith told ESPN.com. “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."

Martin, who starred on the 2010 and 2011 Boise State football teams that were in the national championship conversation, told ESPN.com he’s optimistic about this year. The Bucs declined his option for 2016, so it’s a contract year.

“The sky is the limit," Martin said. “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."

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Martin is one of 18 former Boise State players in NFL training camps. The full list is available here.

We’ll check in on each of the guys throughout the month of August.

Previously:

Jamar Taylor

Charles Leno Jr.

Jay Ajayi

George Iloka

Austin Pettis

Shea McClellin

Kellen Moore

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