Bobby Rainey isn’t the only Tampa Bay Buccaneer picking up some special recognition this week.
The National Football League announced today that running back Doug Martin has been voted FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for Week 5.
Martin rushed 24 times for 123 yards (5.1 avg.) with two touchdowns, while catching three passes for 35 yards and another score during Tampa Bay’s home win over Jacksonville. His 123 rushing yards were the fourth-most in the NFL for Week 5, with his two rushing touchdowns tying for the most in the league. Martin’s three touchdowns from scrimmage were the most in the NFL that week.
According to a team press release, Martin’s three touchdowns from scrimmage joined him with former Buccaneers fullback and 2015 Ring of Honor inductee Mike Alstott as the only players in franchise history with multiple games of three or more touchdowns. Martin is also only the second player in team history to record two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the same game. Rainey, who was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week yesterday, accomplished the feat in 2013 against Atlanta.
Martin’s two rushing touchdowns give him 17 for his career, placing him seventh on the team’s all-time rushing touchdown list, while his 100-yard rushing performance was the ninth of his career, tying him with Carnell Williams for the third-most by a running back in team history.
This is Martin’s fourth career FedEx Ground Player of the Week award, after winning three in 2012 (Weeks 8, 9 and 11). His four wins are the most by any player in franchise history. Martin is the first Buccaneers player to win FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors since Rainey did so during his aforementioned performance against Atlanta in 2013.