TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did more than shake off a nine-game losing streak at Minnesota on Thursday night.
They also put to rest questions about trading up into the first round last spring to draft 5-foot-9, 223-pound running back Doug Martin out of Boise State.
Martin broke out with a huge game in the Bucs' 36-19 victory against the Vikings, running for 135 yards and a touchdown and sprinting 64 yards with a screen pass for another touchdown. Martin was the largest of several impressive offensive factors in Tampa Bay's first victory on the road in more than a year.
Coach Greg Schiano said Friday that Martin "just keeps getting better and better and I think things are slowing down for him like they do often-times for very talented rookies."