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June 4, 2012 @ 10:15 am
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Martin Signs Five-Year Deal; Barron Lone Draft Pick Unsigned

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The Buccaneers announced Doug Martin and the team agreed to a five-year contract Monday and with the signing Tampa Bay has just first-round pick Mark Barron left to agree to contract terms with.
With training camp set to open in less than 60 days, the Buccaneers are now just one player (first-round pick Mark Barron) away from having their entire 2012 draft class ready to go, after announcing they have signed 2012 first-round pick RB Doug Martin to a five-year contract.

Martin was selected 31st overall out of Boise State University, where he started 25 of the 51 games he played. During his collegiate career, Martin collected 3,431 yards rushing, the fifth-most in school history, and 43 touchdowns, the third-most in school history, on 617 carries (5.6 ypc avg.). He also totaled 67 receptions for 715 yards (10.7 avg.) and four touchdowns and 26 kickoff returns for 739 yards (28.4 avg.) and one touchdown, while adding 32 special teams tackles. A first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2011 and All-Western Athletic Conference in 2010, Martin became just the fourth Bronco to rush for 1,000-plus yards twice during their career.

As a senior, Martin carried the ball 263 times for 1,299 yards (4.9 ypc avg.) and 16 touchdowns. He also recorded 28 receptions for 255 yards (9.1 avg.) and two touchdowns, in addition to 10 kickoff returns for 338 yards that included a school-record 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Arizona State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

Martin recorded six 100-yard rushing performances as a junior, finishing with 1,260 yards and 12 touchdowns on 201 rushes (6.3 ypc avg.) in his first year as a starter. In his sophomore year, he recorded 765 rushing yards and a team-leading 15 touchdowns despite not starting a single game. That season, he also added 16 defensive tackles and a forced fumble as he shifted to cornerback for the first three games of the season.

Tampa Bay has high hopes Martin and LeGarrette Blount can provide a powerful 1-2 punch and then sprinkle in a speedy different style runner with Michael Smith or Mossis Madu on occasion.

Bucs’ head coach Greg Schiano talked about the plans to use Martin – and Blount – on draft night last month.

“When you have LeGarrette and now to have Doug and LeGarrette, we can play a little bit of keep away,” Schiano said. “I think our offensive line is going to be really good. It’s not maybe what’s in vogue in the National Football League right now, but I think it can be very successful and so we have to go grind it out and get tougher and those types of things but we have some pieces that are very capable of doing that.”


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    When your pre-draft running back stable consists of only LeGarette Blount, who the media claims isn't a complete RB and undrafted Mossis Madu who carried the ball only a hand-full of times; as much as we all realize more help was needed at LB and CB , running back was a major need too. When our greatest LB of all time was considered too small, give me a man who can play, not just cast the biggest shadow. Can't we at least get through OTA's before judging players who none of us have even seen?
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    Top seven or eight picks having problems with some of the language in the CBA
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    Horse, What other great linebacker were you proposing we should have gone after in the draft once Kuechly was off the board in the 1st, at the top of the 2nd round? Donta Hightower was gone at #25 to the Patriots and would have been extremely costly to go up that high and grab; the only other larger middle linebacker was Kendricks who went in the 2nd round and is stout but only about 5-11 in height. The key to "another LB" argument will be Dominik and Schiano's belief that last year's #2 LB pick Mason Foster will be a better solid MLB for us and that our 3rd round pick of Lavonte David will be a better tackling and coverage OLB, than what we had last year. There are only so many Brian Urlacher's in this world who are huge and fast and smart and they are usually gone in the first round. As far as corner goes, I think they made a calculated decison to go after other key needs once the LSU corner was gone and considering next year is supposed to be an excellent year for drafting corners; so we grabbed the best safety, another glaring need. As far as Rainey goes, he is a pretty risky pick in my opinion and an injury waiting to happen. Loved watching him in college, but is very small to hold up week in and week out in the NFL even in a part time roll. Time will tell, but we can't get everyone we need in one year of a draft. I thought we put a good quality dent in it this year though.
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    Rainey will have to learn to GO in the NFL, he hesitates way to much and doesn't accelerate to full speed well at all, at least not in traffic.He runs a 4.4 but plays like a 4.7 If he can learn to accelerate and let his instincts take over he will have a promising career, if he tries to set up moves thinking he is in highschool with 4.9 pursuit he will not. The latter explains his College Career
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    I think the complimentary running back punch of Blount/Martin could be our Buc's new version of WD/40...However that being said..this combo besides actually never having played in a regular season game together yet consists of Grande (Martin) and Mucho Grande (Blount); who are also much more gifted athletically and physically than the WD/40 combination ever thought of being...Players from that time were afraid to tackle Alstott who had in no way shape or form speed and in his prime only mediocre quickness ( ur still the man forever #40) who in their right mind would have tried to tackle Alstott if he could get a head of steam going at the speed Blount can???...I'm glad to see us sign Martin for 5 years cause I believe he is the PERFECT compliment to Blount...and if they both end up running all over opposing offenses this season (like they should I mean C'MON..Penn, Nicks, Zuttah, Joseph r u kidding me!!, and Trueblood if he can stay at his potential) then bring in the speedster Smith...But above all else here is the fact that Blount is the man...not a muscle hamster, but a muscle man...and EVERYBODY needs to get off the start Martin fantasy. Martin starting over Blount!?!?!? Not going to happen..and if it did for any other reason other than Blount just can't stop fumbling...the Buc's would be !@#$$ing STUPID!! Anyone who has watched football for more than 10 years and who has watched Blount's time on the field as well, will tell you he's a special talent...Raw in some areas of his game but how has his first two years of being a Buc played out so far?? If Blount had been running for Schiano the past two years instead of Raheem, I guarantee he would have never have had a fumbling problem...Bottom line is Blount is as much of a competitive beast as one could hope for at RB and I believe that under Schiano's guidance, the NFL will have a new 1-2 knockdown running-back tandem...and if you believe Blount which I do, He's excited because he knows that they will help make each-other better players...hopefully a win/win all around for the Bucs on this one.
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    HORSE are you serious...running back was a need even when Graham was healthy.We didnt have a explosive running back in years..oh I'm sorry Blount hurdled a couple of players and he is now the man..get seriuos!
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    There is no indications from the OTA's that Martin is ahead of Blount as stated on NFL.com. Blount is the man. I know it's only OTA's and we will have to wait for the pads to come on. I am hoping that the bowling ball will be very effective because it is doubtful that Blount or Martin will stay injury free. Again glowing need is LB/CB/DL; it was not RB.
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    Horse I don't disagree with the needs at LB and CB, but I believe you are going to become a lot happier with Martin AND Blount in this new offense at some point mid-season. It's also reassuring in the fact that there are some quality CB's with good measurables that could be coming to the NFL ranks next year. Also the previous article states the Bucs' are playing significant time on defense in dime. Which seems to say 3 Safeties with ball skills and a zone coverage which eases the work load on the CB position. As far as LB, try adding some Notre Dame games into your normal collage football Saturday, and tell me if you don't like what you see. I think the Bucs' are having a rather solid off-season, but only time will tell whether or not the captain lied. (or picked poorly)
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    mjmoody, I hope you are right. The running game will be moot if we can't stop them on offense. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the Defense can do that; then the running game will be very important and Martin would have been a very wise choice. Right now I don't believe that.
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    My hope is that we can control the game with the run so our crap defense doesn't get exposed as much. Keep the D off of the field!
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    Okay we signed him and that part is good. The not so good part is that we did not need to draft a RB of his style at the 31st spot when we had glaring needs still at LB and CB. This will be a mistake that will be pointed out next year. Smith who we drafted later would have been adequate. We could have also added Rainey the round before we picked Smith too! Blount is the man and we should have gone ahead before the draft and secured him for at least three more years. Now we will spend a lot more to sign him as I expect him to be a stud as long as he remains injury free. These kind of mistakes points to poor scouting scoring and poor GM decision making process. Just my opinion.
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    Horse I liked that we picked up Martin, but like you would have liked a stud LB better.
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