The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday they activated the running back for Week 5. Martin served the final three games of a four-game suspension to open the season.
During offseason and preseason work, Martin looked like a rejuvenated runner, closer to the 1,400-yard back we saw in 2015, than the disappointing rusher of 2016.
Tampa can certainly use a spry Martin after opening the season on a pass-happy pace. Jameis Winston has attempted 30, 40, and 38 passes in three games to open the season, to mixed results.
Throughout the offseason, the Bucs insisted Martin would not be handed the starting job when he returned to the lineup. With coach Dirk Koetter desiring a more balanced offense, however, we expect Martin to play a significant role off the bat, starting with Thursday night's matchup against the New England Patriots.