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Former BSU great Doug Martin looks to build off big 2015 season

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was No. 2 in the NFL last season with 1,402 rushing yards. The former Boise State Bronco signed a five-year, $35 million deal in the offseason.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was No. 2 in the NFL last season with 1,402 rushing yards. The former Boise State Bronco signed a five-year, $35 million deal in the offseason.

Coming off an outstanding fourth season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Martin cashed in with a five-year, $35 million deal he signed in March.

It was a huge comeback season for Martin, who rushed for 1,402 yards (second in the NFL) and added 271 receiving yards. In his previous two seasons, he combined for 950 yards rushing in 17 games, hampered by injuries.

Martin lost fumbles five times last season after doing so only three times in his first three seasons. That's one of his key focuses here in training camp.

“I watched all those fumbles after last season,” Martin said. “It was more of me fighting for extra yards, not having my other arm on the ball, other hand on the ball. That will all be corrected. I don’t look to be fumbling that much this year. That will be corrected.”

First preseason game: at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. Thursday

MARCUS HENRY, C, SAINTS

An undrafted rookie free agent, Henry is listed third on the Saints’ depth chart behind veteran Max Unger and fellow rookie Jack Allen. CBS Sports cited the Saints’ recent history with late-round or undrafted free agents on the offensive line, this most recent crop “which featured two centers who normally would have been drafted in Jack Allen and Marcus Henry.”

First preseason game: at New England, 5:30 p.m. Thursday

KYLE WILSON, CB, SAINTS

Following five seasons with the New York Jets, the former first-round pick joined the Saints last season, starting four games and getting his first interception since 2012. He was placed on injured reserve in June with a torn labrum in his shoulder and will miss the season. He will be a free agent again after this season.

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This week with preseason games beginning, we’re checking in with former Boise State players in NFL camps, by division. On Monday, we took a look at the NFC North. On Tuesday, it was the NFC West, and the lone Bronco in the division, Rees Odhiambo. On Wednesday, the NFC East, chock full of former Boise State stars. Tomorrow we’ll look at the AFC North.

As many as nine former Broncos could play Thursday night in preseason games, with Washington, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, New Orleans, New England, New York Jets, Denver and Chicago playing.

Here’s the current list of former Broncos on rosters, as of today:

Kamalei Correa, LB, Baltimore

Charles Leno, OL, Chicago

George Iloka, S, Cincinnati

Jamar Taylor, CB, Cleveland

Tyrone Crawford, DL, Dallas

DeMarcus Lawrence, DL, Dallas

Kellen Moore, QB, Dallas

Orlando Scandrick, CB, Dallas

Matt Paradis, C, Denver

Billy Winn, DL, Denver

Jeron Johnson, S, Kansas City

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami

Tyler Gray, LB, Miami

Blake Renaud, FB, Minnesota

Shea McClellin, LB, New England

Marcus Henry, C, New Orleans

Kyle Wilson, CB, New Orleans

Ryan Clady, OT, New York Jets

Donte Deayon, CB, New York Giants

Darian Thompson, S, New York Giants

Rees Odhiambo, OL, Seattle

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay

Kelsey Young, RB, Washington

Note: Lee Hightower, who played at Boise State in 2011 and 2012 before transferring to Houston for his final three seasons, is on the Indianapolis Colts’ roster.

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