The list of accolades for Buccaneers running back Doug Martin and quarterback Jameis Winston may get a little longer.
Both offensive players were named as nominees for league-wide awards. Martin is in the running for FedEx Ground Player of the Year and Winston’s name is in the mix for Pepsi Rookie of the Year and Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Year.
Martin is up against Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and St. Louis’ Todd Gurley for his award, which recognizes the league’s best running back.
Winston faces off against Gurley, Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper, Seattle wide receiver/return man Tyler Lockett and Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters for the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award. Joining the Bucs’ rookie signal caller in the Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Year race are New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown, New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski and Oakland defensive end/linebacker Khalil Mack.
Martin was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week twice this season and would be the first Buccaneer to ever win the yearly recognition. He finished his fourth NFL season as the league’s second-leading rusher behind Peterson. Martin started all 16 games and totaled 1,402 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 288 carries. Playing for a new contract this season, the Boise State product added 33 catches for 271 yards and one touchdown as a receiver.
Winston also started all 16 contests in his rookie season, engineering Tampa Bay’s fifth-ranked offense to an average of 375.9 yards per game. He won three Pepsi Rookie of the Week and one Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Week awards throughout the season.
Winston introduced himself to the league in impressive fashion, throwing for the third-most passing yards by a rookie in NFL history (4,042) and the second-most ever by any Bucs quarterback. His 22 touchdown passes are the fourth-most by a rookie in NFL history and tied for the fourth-most in a single season by a Bucs quarterback. His combined 28 touchdowns (22 passing, six rushing) are the most by a quarterback in Tampa Bay history and tie for the third-most by a rookie in NFL history.