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Doug Martin, Jameis Winston up for weekly NFL honors

Bucs running back Doug Martin rushes for 4 of his 123 yards in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.


Bucs running back Doug Martin rushes for 4 of his 123 yards in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.

TAMPA — The Bucs' best offensive showing in 21 games under Lovie Smith has two players in the running for league-wide weekly honors after Tampa Bay's 38-31 win over the Jaguars.

RB Doug Martin, who rushed for 123 yards and scored three total touchdowns, is one of six finalists for the NFL player of the week. Martin has back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time since his rookie year, and is tied for second in the league with 405 rushing yards after five games.

QB Jameis Winston had a modest but mistake-free game Sunday, with a touchdown pass to Martin, and that was enough to make him one of five finalists for the NFL rookie of the week, which he won after Tampa Bay defeated the Saints in Week 2.

Bucs LB Kwon Alexander took the top rookie honors in Week 3 with an interception in a loss to the Texans.

Quiet week: It's a well-timed bye week for the Bucs, who had six injured players inactive Sunday; several of them could return healthy when the Bucs play Oct. 25 at the Redskins. Players will have four days off this weekend to rest before returning to practice Tuesday, then resuming normal game-week preparations.

Transaction: The Bucs, who worked out four free agent defensive backs on Monday, released nickel DB Isaiah Frey from the practice squad. Tampa Bay has two openings on the practice squad, having promoted T Reid Fragel on Saturday so he could make his NFL debut Sunday.

Big debut: DE Howard Jones had two sacks Sunday in his NFL debut, becoming the first Buc in 23 years to have multiple sacks in his first game. The only two players in team history do so were DTs Curt Jarvis (1987) and Santana Dotson (1992).

Big returns: RB Bobby Rainey ranks among the league leaders in both punt and kickoff returns. After a 58-yard punt return Sunday — the Bucs' longest since Micheal Spurlock had a 77-yarder in 2009 — Rainey is second in the NFL with 199 punt-return yards, and his average of 13.3 yards ranks second in the league among players with 10-plus returns. His kickoff-return average of 29.9 yards ranks fourth among players with at least five returns.

This and that: WR Robert Herron, a 2014 Bucs draft pick who was among the team's preseason cuts, was signed Tuesday to the Dolphins' practice squad. … The Bucs' six sacks Sunday matched their most under Smith. Only once in the past 10 years (seven against Bills, 2013) have the Bucs had more in one game. … Announced attendance for the Bucs-Jaguars game was 58,490. Actual attendance, per Tampa Sports Authority, was 49,129, up a bit from the actual 48,648 the previous week against the Panthers.

Contact Greg Auman at and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

Doug Martin, Jameis Winston up for weekly NFL honors 10/13/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 9:26pm]
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