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      Healthier, leaner Bucs RB Doug Martin flashes old form  doug1_zpsrpucqvnt.jpgDoug Martin broke two tackles during the Bucs 25-11 victory over the Bengals to turn what looked like a short gain into a 30-yard run to the Cincinnati 1-yard line. JASON BEHNKEN / STAFF By Roy Cummings | Tribune Staff Published:  August 26, 2015 at 05:59 PM TAMPA — It is only a few pounds. So few, in fact, you can barely even tell they’re gone. That’s why you wouldn’t think the loss would make that much of a difference. Doug Martin certainly didn’t think it would.The Buccaneers are convinced, though, that Martin’s decision to lose a few pounds this summer is one of the biggest reasons the 2012 Pro Bowler has suddenly regained the burst and agility that once made him one of the most feared running backs in the NFL.“The No. 1 thing is, he’s got his weight back where he wanted it,’’ Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said.There’s more to the resurgence than weight loss, though. Martin, who said he’s dropped only about seven or eight pounds, down to 208, is healthy for the first time in two years and running with a greater sense of confidence, Koetter said.There’s also a contractual matter, which Martin admitted has been in the back of his mind. And well it should be. The Bucs decided over the summer not to pick up the fifth-year option on Martin’s rookie contract, which means he’ll be a free agent at the end of the year.That would spur anyone to play better.But Martin agrees the weight change is probably the biggest reason he’s run 11 times for 78 yards this preseason, though his success is not so much a result of weight loss, he said, as weight distribution.“I don’t know if it’s playing lighter,’’ Martin said. “I’m just leaner. I definitely wanted to shed the weight, but I wanted to make sure I kept the power, as well. That’s something that I had to keep in mind as I (lost the weight).”Martin cut pizzas and Chinese food from his diet, and replaced them with foods higher in proteins and carbohydrates.The dietary changes have given him an energy boost that was evident Monday night, when he broke two tackles during the Bucs 25-11 victory over the Bengals to turn what looked like a short gain into a 30-yard run to the Cincinnati 1-yard line.“I got a little leaner and I got a little faster,’’ Martin said.Koetter compared the offseason transformation to one three-time Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew often went through when Koetter was with the Jaguars.“Maurice could bulk up as high as 235 pounds in the offseason, but his prime playing weight was between 208 and 212,’’ Koetter said. “So, now you have Doug, who is a powerful guy to begin with. But he’s got his quickness back.’’He’s also got his finishing touch back. Along with his quickness and lateral agility, Martin seemed to lose that while nursing shoulder, knee and ankle injuries the past two years. But now, he is finishing as well as ever.“We’re constantly telling our guys to finish, finish, finish,’’ Koetter said. “Now, that’s coach speak, but if you watch the practice tape of Doug Martin you see him finishing all the time. We do these comment sheets after every practice and as I’m writing mine up, I’m going, ‘Nice finish No. 22; nice finish No. 22.’ That’s on my sheet about 50 times a day.“From Little League through pro football, we always tell the guys, ‘You play like you practice.’ And when you combine the way he’s practicing with the weight loss, with being in top shape and having the right attitude, being positive, it just looks like Doug in for an excellent year.’’It’s been three years since Martin had one of those. Derailed by that string of injuries, the Boise State product who accounted for 1,926 total yards as a rookie accounted for only 1,060 yards the past two seasons combined.Already, though, Koetter is seeing a different Martin.“You have to remember that I was in the same division when Doug was a rookie, and that’s the Doug Martin I know,’’ said Koetter, a former Falcons coordinator. “Plus, I’m a huge Boise State fan, so that is the Martin I know. And that’s the Doug Martin that I’ve been seeing here since Day One.’’ doug2_zpsvbhhrzoe.pngdoug3_zpsu9mt70kq.pngdoug4_zpsunf51w3m.png

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    • Anonymous

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      Just embrace it, Dougie! Love that nickname.

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    • Anonymous

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      Just embrace it, Dougie! Love that nickname.

      i've said from day 1.....Dude is letting pride stand in the way of mega dollars. If I was he, "Muscle Hamster" would be copyrighted and there would be MH gear at a local store near you.

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    • Anonymous

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      Just embrace it, Dougie! Love that nickname.

      i've said from day 1.....Dude is letting pride stand in the way of mega dollars. If I was he, "Muscle Hamster" would be copyrighted and there would be MH gear at a local store near you.

      He spends more time trying to denounce that moniker than he should. People are going to, not only remember that name, but also how much he whined about it.I guess he figures its like being called the "tallest midget?" Maybe a term for private parts? For the life of me, i dont understand his beef with it.I wonder if the "Nigerian nightmare" had objections about his nickname? Maybe he had days like this?

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    • majbodoh

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      Sure it isn’t as good as “beast mode”, but he wouldn’t be the first short running back to have such a nickname, Maurice Jones-Drew was called Pocket Hercules [but mostly MJD or MoJo]. So maybe Martin should just embrace it, because until someone comes up with something better, they are going to refer to it. And like Hayseed said, it’s marketable.

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    • Anonymous

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      Just embrace it, Dougie! Love that nickname.

      i've said from day 1.....Dude is letting pride stand in the way of mega dollars. If I was he, "Muscle Hamster" would be copyrighted and there would be MH gear at a local store near you.

      He could certainly be riding around in a free Kia. LOL

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    • Anonymous

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      Not sure if any of you frequent the reddit boards but the r/nfl sub on this discussion is absolute comedic gold. I was practically crying at work yesterday.

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    • Anonymous

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      He is pissing away good money. Nothing is tougher than a muscle hamster, anyway. Except a muscle rhino.

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    • Anonymous

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      Just embrace it, Dougie! Love that nickname.

      i've said from day 1.....Dude is letting pride stand in the way of mega dollars. If I was he, "Muscle Hamster" would be copyrighted and there would be MH gear at a local store near you.

      He spends more time trying to denounce that moniker than he should. People are going to, not only remember that name, but also how much he whined about it.I guess he figures its like being called the "tallest midget?" Maybe a term for private parts? For the life of me, i dont understand his beef with it.I wonder if the "Nigerian nightmare" had objections about his nickname? Maybe he had days like this?

      And the surefire way to get a nickname to stick is to tell people to stop calling you that. Might as well embrace it at this point

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    • Anonymous

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      Just embrace it, Dougie! Love that nickname.

      i've said from day 1.....Dude is letting pride stand in the way of mega dollars. If I was he, "Muscle Hamster" would be copyrighted and there would be MH gear at a local store near you.

      He could certainly be riding around in a free Kia. LOL

      lol

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    • Anonymous

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      Just embrace it, Dougie! Love that nickname.

      i've said from day 1.....Dude is letting pride stand in the way of mega dollars. If I was he, "Muscle Hamster" would be copyrighted and there would be MH gear at a local store near you.

      Dude should be all over it.doug.jpg

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    • Anonymous

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      He seemed to embrace it here.Muscle-Hamster.jpg

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    • Anonymous

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      The fact that he so outwardly hates it makes me want to call him it more.

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    • Anonymous

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      he doesn’t want to be called that, it’s not his name, let it be. Call him by his name. Why do all the fan girls want to slap a nickname on him? It's not hip and cool, it's played out.

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    • Anonymous

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      The fact that he so outwardly hates it makes me want to call him it more.

      Agreed.

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    • Anonymous

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      Yes still dougillac to me until he becomes good again in the regular season. Then I’ll call him doug

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      “Muscle Hamster” nickname came from act of chivalryBucs running back Doug Martin hates the name “Muscle Hamster.”  That much we know.  But what we don’t know is how he got it.Now we do.Martin, a late-emerging candidate for offensive rookie of the year, tells Mike Garafolo of USA Today that the name initially was applied not to Martin but to his girlfriend at Boise State.“She was a gymnast,” Martin said.  “Small, but more cut than I was.  My friend [and college teammate] Jarell Root called her a muscle hamster.  So I stood up for her, like, ‘Hey, man, she’s not a muscle hamster!’  And he said, ‘You’re a muscle hamster, too.’  So they called us the muscle hamsters.”After that, a friend mentioned the nickname in an article about Martin.  And then it ended up on ESPN.  And it took off from there.At least no one is calling him an elf, angry or otherwise.  Yet.Link: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/09/muscle-hamster-nickname-came-from-act-of-chivalry/

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    • Anonymous

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      Okay, can kind of see why he doesn’t love it now actually haha.

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    • Anonymous

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      If it wasn’t for Afro Thunder, it would be the best nickname on the team.

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    • Anonymous

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      No one cares about the nickname.  Dude is quick this year.  Elusive...  He wasnt this quick or elusive in his rookie year.I am thinking whatever his name is ....is going to have a great year.  Especially in Koetters system. 

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      If it wasn't for Afro Thunder, it would be the best nickname on the team.

      Famous Jameis?

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    • Anonymous

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      Fine. If he doesnt want to be called MH I’ll find a new nickname.Angry elf.Jk. But you have to believe, before reading the info posted above, that he probably has a Napoleon complex.Some of the badest mo fos ever were like 5ft nothing. There is nothing to be ashamed about.

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      If it wasn't for Afro Thunder, it would be the best nickname on the team.

      Famous Jameis?

      Wrath of Kwon?

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    • tbfan4047

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      If it wasn't for Afro Thunder, it would be the best nickname on the team.

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      Wrath of Kwon?

      Wrath of Kwon wins hands down.

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    • tbfan4047

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      “Muscle Hamster” nickname came from act of chivalryBucs running back Doug Martin hates the name “Muscle Hamster.”  That much we know.  But what we don’t know is how he got it.Now we do.Martin, a late-emerging candidate for offensive rookie of the year, tells Mike Garafolo of USA Today that the name initially was applied not to Martin but to his girlfriend at Boise State.“She was a gymnast,” Martin said.  “Small, but more cut than I was.  My friend [and college teammate] Jarell Root called her a muscle hamster.  So I stood up for her, like, ‘Hey, man, she’s not a muscle hamster!’  And he said, ‘You’re a muscle hamster, too.’  So they called us the muscle hamsters.”After that, a friend mentioned the nickname in an article about Martin.  And then it ended up on ESPN.  And it took off from there.At least no one is calling him an elf, angry or otherwise.  Yet.Link: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/09/muscle-hamster-nickname-came-from-act-of-chivalry/

      This made me laugh more than it should have.

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    • Anonymous

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      Feels like the media is trying to push the nickname since there are no fans to do so :P

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    • Anonymous

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      He seemed to embrace it here.Muscle-Hamster.jpg

      this is good stuff

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    • Anonymous

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      If it wasn't for Afro Thunder, it would be the best nickname on the team.

      Famous Jameis?

      Wrath of Kwon?

      Wrath of Kwon wins hands down.

      I'm not sure it beats out Muscle Hamster but it's pretty damn close!!

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    • Anonymous

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      If it wasn't for Afro Thunder, it would be the best nickname on the team.

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      Wrath of Kwon?

      Awww man I love that one.  Huge Trekkie right here and that totally fits...Nice BP

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    • Anonymous

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      If it wasn't for Afro Thunder, it would be the best nickname on the team.

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      Wrath of Kwon?

      Awww man I love that one.  Huge Trekkie right here and that totally fits...Nice BP

      I love it, but can't take credit. It was in a Tampa Tribune article last week.  ;D

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    • Anonymous

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      Thats more of a statement or a title, than an actual nickname.Besides, "of" can BE in a nickname?KwontonPrawn kwonThere, ...doug isnt the only one named after something small anymore.

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    • Anonymous

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      i dont keep up with nicknames of other teams, but we got some fun ones.

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    • Anonymous

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      If it wasn't for Afro Thunder, it would be the best nickname on the team.

      Famous Jameis?

      Wrath of Kwon?

      Awww man I love that one.  Huge Trekkie right here and that totally fits...Nice BP

      I love it, but can't take credit. It was in a Tampa Tribune article last week.  ;D

      Like the clock that's right at least twice a day, them hacks get one right every now and then.  Kudos to you for giving them credit.  I'll still credit you.  :) ;)

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