Doug Martin is a running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 31st overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, he was named to the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team after rushing for a Bucs rookie record 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns, the second-best single-season effort in club history. Martin was given the nickname "Muscle Hamster'' by a Boise State teammate, a name he has said repeatedly he despises. Martin appealed to fans for nickname suggestions and has voiced support for the name, "Dougernaut.''
Who is the Bucs' most important piece?
Well, when you think of the Bucs, you think of Gerald McCoy, defensive star and team spokesman. Of course you think of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. He's the guy who is supposed to lead the Bucs out of the dregs of the NFL.
TAMPA — Though RB Doug Martin caught 49 passes as a rookie in 2012, the Bucs felt they could use another pair of hands in the backfield.
TAMPA — When members of the Buccaneers organization unveiled a giant ticket during an assembly on the B.C. Graham Elementary School playground Friday afternoon, they immediately raised a specific hope among some of the students.
TAMPA — Doug Martin thoroughly despises the nickname (rhymes with Hustle Mamster) that followed him to the NFL from Boise State, so he asked for potential alternatives on Facebook, and the Bucs received 3,100 submissions the first day.
HONOLULU — Texans defensive end J.J. Watt went out for a pass. The Packers' Jeff Saturday snapped to two Mannings, and the NFC blew past the AFC 62-35 in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.
You have to wonder if all the stories about coach Greg Schiano — including the "toes on the line" rant by TE Kellen Winslow, the kneel-down defense debate and his exhaustive training camp — will affect the decision of any free agents when they weigh signing with the Bucs.
ATLANTA — Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and Bucs safety Ronde Barber walked off the field together at the Georgia Dome Sunday.
TAMPA — Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he "hasn't played well enough to win" during the past two games, in which he racked up a combined eight interceptions.
NEW ORLEANS — The Bucs knew they still had a lot of problems to fix entering Sunday's game against New Orleans: a leaky secondary, a patchwork offensive line and finding a way to pump the brakes on a three-game losing skid.
TAMPA — The legends of the fall were roaming the sideline at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, running out of the tunnel to blasting cannons and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.