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Patriots’ defense focused on Doug Martin

Doug Martin is No. 2 in the league in rushing, building on an impressive rookie season.
Doug Martin is No. 2 in the league in rushing, building on an impressive rookie season.bill kostroun/associated press

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FOXBOROUGH — For someone who has just 18 NFL games under his belt, Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin sure is getting a lot of attention from the Patriots.

For good reason. The rookie was near the top of the league in a number of offensive categories last year: fifth in rushing yards (1,454), fifth in rushing touchdowns (11), third in yards from scrimmage (1,926). His 251-yard game against the Raiders was the 10th-best rushing day in NFL history.

Not surprisingly, Martin has remained a large part of the Buccaneers’ offense in his sophomore season. Through two games, he has 55 touches (53 rushes, two receptions), and is second in the league with 209 rushing yards, trailing only LeSean McCoy of the Eagles.

Consider the Patriots impressed.

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