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If Doug Martin has a great year, you can be quite certain that Freeman will, as well. It works both ways.
Between Walter Payton, Jamaal Lewis and Shawn Alexander, the aforementioned quarterbacks had top rushing attacks that were utilized. In 2005, Alexander had 1,880 yards to ease Hasselbeck’s load.
Those quarterbacks were expected to throw in particular situations. When implored, they played soundly, throwing accurate passes taking only necessary risks.
Doug Martin had a solid performance for the Bucs against Carolina, rushing for 95 yards on 24 carries. Like Freeman, however, don’t expect him to be among the top 10 in individual rushing yards at season’s end.
Martin is a rookie out of Boise State and there will be a learning curve to his development as a starting running back. It will be up to Freeman to make him play better by playing efficiently as a passer.