It’s hardly uncommon for players to leave town during the six-week break between minicamp and training camp, but Doug Martin may have taken the offseason ritual to a new level this summer.
Bucs RB Doug Martin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Along with physical training and conditioning at his old stomping grounds in Southern California – the normal routine – Martin also traveled overseas to Tokyo, Japan, for a week consisting mainly of video games and anime.
“I have to say going to Electric City,” Martin said Wednesday of his favorite part of the trip. “They just have all these buildings, like five story buildings. And on each level there’s a different video game and everyone is waiting in line to play. It was a sight to see. That was probably my top experience. Y’all have to go.”
He made it clear, however, that he didn’t spend nearly 20 hours on a plane and six days in a foreign country just for electronics.
“I also went there to see the culture and to sightsee and everything,” Martin said, drawing laughs. “I had a good time.”
Now it’s back to football. And though it’s not as unique and relaxing as a Japanese vacation, Martin is just as anxious for this new opportunity in 2016. The fifth-year pro, fresh off a career-season that included 1,673 yards from scrimmage, is looking forward to the offense coming together in their second year and taking the next step as a unit. And it all starts this summer.
“I just want to see the competitiveness taken to another level during training camp,” Martin said, adding, “without hurting each other. I just want to see us play with energy and with a lot of discipline.”
Martin said the team needed more discipline last year, but ultimately it’s up to the players to hold each other accountable and correct the issue of penalties. One reason that gives him confidence that will happen is the Bucs’ mature leadership, particularly from Jameis Winston.
After coming in with a quiet demeanor while listening to and observing the veterans, Martin said Winston became the vocal and inspiring player we saw at Florida State as the season progressed. Now they’ll have that leader from Week 1, and chemistry between the Pro Bowl running back and quarterback will only continue to grow and help the offense jell.
“The run opens up the pass and the pass opens up the run,” Martin said. “When you have both and you’re firing on all cylinders, you’re going to be hard to stop. I know Jameis wants to get better. He’s getting better and you’re going to see that he’s better. That just brings optimism in this organization.”
From Winston’s leadership to the confidence he has in himself to pick up where he left off, and everything in between, Martin is serious about a playoff run for the Bucs in 2016.
“Last year we did fall short and we couldn’t make the playoffs, but just being close gives everyone confidence that we can get there,” Martin said. “With the (offseason) moves that we made and the guys we already had, I know and everyone else knows that we have a good chance this year.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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Get busy Dougernaught. We really want to see you prove all those idiots at PFF wrong.
I thought that was an interesting thing to do on vaction. Good for him. Go Bucs!!!
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