Bucs GM Jason Licht: Team 'very happy' with Doug Martin

The veteran has managed to maintain his team's commitment since being suspended.

Despite his suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, the Bucs are pleased with Doug Martin's progress.

The veteran running back entered a drug treatment facility after being suspended four games at the end of last season, but has cleaned up his act since getting help and managed to maintain his team's commitment.

"We've been happy with the trajectory he's on," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said, via FloridaFootballInsiders.com. "I've said that before but it's the truth. He has the right mindset right now and he looks good physically.

"We still have some time there but just two years ago he was the second leading rusher in the NFL. Within the building here, we feel comfortable with our guys, and that includes Doug."

The Bucs could have moved on from Martin, who still has three games to serve in 2017, but the team did not select a running back through the first four rounds of the NFL Draft. Tampa Bay selected Alabama tight end O.J. Howard in the first round, Texas A&M safety Justin Evans in the second, before taking Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin and LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith in the third round.

Tampa Bay did select Jeremy McNichols, a running back from Martin's alma mater of Boise State, in the fifth round.

The Bucs re-signed Jacquizz Rodgers, who is expected to fill in for Martin through the first three games of the 2017 season while getting spelled by Charles Sims.

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"With Doug we're just going to keep on pace where we're at and keep on monitoring," Licht said. "We've had great conversations with him. We still have a few rounds left here, so there could be a back.

"But there could be a wide receiver. Any position really. Until you get them in here, until you get first-hand knowledge of them out there on the field and in the meeting room and see them in a preseason game you can't predict if anybody is going to beat anybody out. But I'd just say we're very happy with the way things are going with Doug."

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