Martin recovers from 'good soreness' after successful rookie debut
Doug Martin didn't find much daylight to run to Sunday against the Panthers but still was able to grind out 95 yards rushing on 24 carries before night fell on his first game as a rookie with the Buccaneers.
The 31st overall pick from Boise State saved his best for last, a 15-yard run with just over two minutes to play which sealed the game.
"Oh yeah, I’m a little sore but that comes with the game,'' Martin said. "I have a week to recover. It’s a good soreness. If you have a victory, it’s always going to be a good soreness.
“It was a lot of tough yardage, a lot of YAC (yards after contact) yardage and I had to take whatever was given and it pretty much happened throughout the game.''
Bucs coach Greg Schiano has compared Martin to Ravens' running back Ray Rice, who played for him at Rutgers. That means the 5-foot-9, 215-pound back can expect even more of a workload.
“As a running back, you definitely want to have that rhythm throughout the game to feel the defense and speed of the game,'' Martin said.
“I had a pretty productive game yesterday. I’ll go back and watch the film and see what we have to tweak so the next game I make sure I stay productive.''