It seems as though the current stable of running backs for the Buccaneers may be just fine by Jameis Winston after he praised Doug Martin in a radio interview.
Jameis Winston seems to always talk up his teammates. He’s always excited about them, giving them their due, and putting a positive spin on things. In a recent interview with 620 WDAE on the Ronnie and TKras show, Jameis did just that regarding Doug Martin.
No, Jameis isn’t going to go out there and bad mouth Martin. He’s not going to say, “well, Doug screwed up and put the team in a bad position.” When asked about him, Jameis is going to say all the right things because that’s what leaders do. The interesting part of this is that Winston wasn’t asked about Doug Martin. It was an unprovoked monologue of praise about the often injured, two time Pro Bowl running back. TKras asked Jameis who impressed him at OTAs and this is what Winston had to say;
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"“One name that’s gonna shock…Doug Martin. He, he looks incredible. He looks incredible. The way that he’s bursting, putting his foot in the ground and just being so explosive. I wasn’t really surprised because he is so, he’s a very hard worker. But to see the energy he has been bringing out there to work out day to day has been amazing. It really shows his resilience and how well he has prepared this off-season.”"
Now, take that for what you will. It could mean nothing, but it could also mean that Jameis sees a guy out there ready to take on the season. To come back and redeem himself for not only a poor season but to be suspended to end last year as well as start 2017.
Doug Martin is certainly someone Buccaneers fans are keeping an eye on. Many believe he won’t see the field as a member of the Bucs ever again. However, there are some bread crumbs out there telling us we may all be wrong.
Listen to the full interview below.