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April 27, 2012 @ 12:05 am
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Martin Says Blount And He Will Be A "Perfect Partnership"

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The Buccaneers addressed another need by selecting Boise State running back Doug Martin after trading back into the first round. Martin spoke to the local media on his way to the airport and seems happy to be a Buc.
The Buccaneers made their second somewhat surprising selection of the draft by trading up and selecting Boise State running back Doug Martin late in the first round.

The Buccaneers gave up their second-round pick to the Denver Broncos and swapped fourth-rounders to move up to the first round (No. 31) to select the Boise State star.

Martin was happy to be selected by the Buccaneers and especially happy to be a first round selection.

“I had a feeling the Bucs had an eye on me a little bit,” Martin said. “But it was getting a little nerve-wracking at the end of the first round. I felt the first round was a possibility for me. But it was kind of a gray area. I wasn’t too surprised – but I was very grateful.”


Head coach Greg Schiano was all smiles when talking about what Martin brings to Tampa.

“I think the totality of what he can do (is what attracted him to the us),” Martin said. “You’re talking about a guy who can run the football for sure, has patience as he runs. He’s a mature runner. He can block, can receive and then you see the stuff he does on special teams.

“I think it was the bowl game, he takes the opening kickoff and phhht … right to the house. So you’re talking about a guy that does it all for his football team and a team that’s won. When they lose it’s a rarity. They’re 60-something and five in coach Peterson’s tenure. This is a guy that’s won consistently.”

Martin isn’t concerned with sharing a backfield, and thinks he and LeGarrette Blount will work well together.

“I feel like I will fit in very well,” Martin said. “I am a very good team player and never had issues with teammates so I think I will ft in pretty good. I think it will be an awesome partnership back there.

“My game is very versatile. I can pass protect and catch balls out of the backfield. I am very versatile as a player and I can play on special teams.”

Martin started 25 games for the Broncos and rushed for 3,341 yards on 617 carries scoring 43 touchdowns. The Stockton, California native was also solid receiver out of the backfield during his time at Boise State, with 67 receptions for 715 yards and four scores. A triple threat in college, Martin averaged 28.4 yards on 26 kickoff returns and one touchdown.

General manager Mark Dominik was also pleased to be able to obtain Martin – for several reasons.

“We’re excited upstairs. There was a guy that we targeted that we had a lot of interest in. There were a couple of reasons we made that trade for Doug Martin. Number one is who he is. He’ a great young man and a team leader at Boise State, running a fantastic football program. He was voted team captain and is a productive football player, a guy that can play all three downs for us and work with LeGarrette Blount.

“Number two, we decided to move up to the second round into the first round. To do that, not only do you get a four-year deal on a contract, but also you end up with a five-year deal on a first-round pick. That’s important to me because that’s extra value that you get that sometimes isn’t seen.”

Idaho is a long way from Tampa and understandably Martin isn’t too familiar with the organization but is eager to learn.

“I don’t know too much about the Bucs but I will love to get to know the history when I go out there. And then hopefully win a lot of games.”

Last modified on Friday, 27 April 2012 00:34
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    This guy is going to tear it up. He can catch which is something we needed to give Freeman some options in the backfield. He has size and speed and his highlight films are amazing. He runs like he is on fire. Very athletic, I think him and Blount together in the back field would be awesome.
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    I wonder if Doug Martin was at the game when Blount knocked out his team mate. That should up the competition a little. After Martin wins the starting job, he'll probably lean over to Blount and say, "Remember when you knocked out my boy? Huh? Well sit yo' a$$ down busta.." Or something like that... Sorry for the street slang...I couldn't resist.
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    well this is george hicks again Im sorry about my words sometimes they don't come out with the correct spelling-but I hope everyone get the understanding.ITHINK THAT DAY TWO WILL SHOW THE REST OF OUR DIVISION THAT TAMPA BAY MEAN BUSINESS. ESPICALLY THE SAINTS. TAMPA BAY WILL REAP WINNING AND NOT TRYING TO CHAET TO BEAT THE OTHER GUY.BUT FANS I HAVE BEEN A FAITHFUL BUC FAN FROM DAY ONE. THE HAMMER WILL COME DOWN ON THOSE PLAYERS INVOLVED. ITS TIME TO THE FANS OF THE BUCS TO SHOW UP IN DROVES EVERYWHERE THE BUCS PLAY. THIS IS JUST MY OPTION AT AGE 66 AND A HALF- BUT I THINK THE DUO BLOUNT AND MARTIN WILL PREVAIL-GO BUCS.GEORGE L HICKS
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    I think 3rd your looking at Boykins if he's there and 4th Tank C if he's there. That would be a top draft right there because all could be starters from day one.
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    I like these two picks. We really didn't lose that much in this trade. We went up six spots and basically gave up our 2nd and swapped 4th; that's not much at all. Our first need was Safety; check got it. Our other needs are LB/CB/RB; check the RB off now. I hope in the rest of the draft we go Defense. Go Bucs!
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    I love these picks. Now, we need to address the LB position.
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    Excited about these two picks. Solid football players. Solid first round IMO. Go Bucs!
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    Productive first round. I am excited to get two quality players that fill needs on both sides of the ball. Now lets go out and get a LB, Corner and offensive lineman.
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    I would rather them look at a tight end than another o-lineman, we need to keep K. Winslow fresh and another tight-end who can block the run better or atleast at winslow's level will save his knees for the red zone, either way Im excited for this season and I can't wait to see the new look Bucs in action!!
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