After a shaky 2016 and being suspended for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy, Martin will get another shot at the lead position.
Martin sustained a hamstring injury early last season hat kept him away from the game for seven games. He struggled to find a rhythm and failed to live up to the success he had in 2015. In week 16 he was listed as a ‘healthy scratch’ which left many wondering if this was a sign that Martin was likely finished with the Buccaneers. News then came out that he had violated the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy and would be suspended for four games, giving the reason for his healthy scratch.
Martin will miss the first three games of the 2017 regulars season, but after a stint in rehab and returning in exceptional shape, it seems the Buccaneers are not ready to give up on him yet. Despite Tampa drafting Jeremy McNichols, from Martin’s alma mater, he will be given the chance to keep his role as the go-to guy on the ground. Whether or not Martin can keep his starting role he is not able to play until week four and is surrounded by some hungry young running backs eager to earn the starting role.