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Doug Martin | Running Back | #22

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 223
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (31) / TB
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Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds expects the Bucs to release Doug Martin this offseason.
Martin’s future is up in the air coming off a career-worst year. His suspension voids all guaranteed money from his $7 million base salary next season, giving Tampa a chance to get out of his deal. With Charles Sims injured and entering a contract year, the Bucs could look to draft a running back. Martin should be one of the top storylines this offseason. Sat, Dec 31, 2016 08:02:00 PM

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Updating an earlier report, Doug Martin tested positive for Adderall.

That's what triggered his failed drug test and a four-game suspension. It was surprising that Martin said he was seeking treatment after testing positive for a PED, as those aren't usually associated with dependency issues. By NFL rules, Adderall is considered a PED when taken during the season but is classified under the league's substance abuse policy in the offseason. Either way, Martin's season is over. Martin signed a five-year deal with Tampa Bay last offseason after earning All-Pro honors in 2015.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 06:42:00 PM

NFL suspended Buccaneers RB Doug Martin four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Martin plans to check into a treatment facility right away. This comes on the heels of a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who said Martin would be leaving the team to "take care of personal issues." "Our primary concern is that he takes his time to focus on getting the help he needs," said GM Jason Licht in a statement released on Wednesday. This could explain Martin's mysterious absence in Week 16. He'll miss Sunday's regular season finale as well as the first three games of 2017. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the suspension voids all guaranteed money from Martin's $7 million base salary for next season. Right now, Martin's future with the Bucs is as clear as mud.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 04:12:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports Doug Martin will be inactive for the Bucs' Week 17 finale against the Panthers.

The Bucs are signing Russell Hansbrough off the Giants' practice squad to fill out their running back depth chart. Jacquizz Rodgers will likely continue to operate as the Buccaneers' lead back, with Charles Sims mixing in on passing downs. Martin turns 28 next month and is owed a $7 million base salary in 2017. It's certainly fair to wonder if he's played his final snap in Tampa Bay.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 01:20:00 AM

When asked about benching Doug Martin in Week 16, Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said, "We have four backs and we can't give them all touches."

The Bucs' backfield is finally healthy but we never thought Martin would be the odd man out. Coming off an All-Pro campaign in 2015, Martin has been a major disappointment this year, averaging a mere 2.9 yards per carry with three touchdowns over eight contests. It's pretty telling that Koetter was willing to bench his $35 million running back in a game with playoff implications. Jacquizz Rodgers played well enough to retain the starting job (63 yards and a touchdown versus New Orleans) but it's unclear who will get the nod for next week's regular season finale against Carolina.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 08:32:00 AM

The Bucs have described Doug Martin's Week 16 healthy scratch as a "coach's decision."

There was no illness or pre-game injury. The Bucs have simply decided Martin isn't one of their three best running backs as they seek a playoff spot. They'll roll with Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber against the Saints. Rodgers should be the primary option on early downs, but Sims is the favorite to lead in touches. Martin has really struggled since returning from his hamstring injury, but it's still a stunning, playing-with-fire decision.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 03:26:00 PM

Doug Martin is inactive for Week 16 against the Saints.

Unless Martin suffered an injury in pre-game warmups, he's a healthy scratch for the fantasy finals. The stunning turn of events leaves Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims to form a committee in the Bucs' backfield. Rodgers will be the leader on early downs, but Sims will likely have a touch edge. He's the preferred option for Martin owners suddenly in a desperate situation. Outside Tampa, Alfred Blue is an ideal plug-and-play. Also inactive for the Bucs are QB Ryan Griffin, WR Bernard Reedy, DT John Hughes, RT Demar Dotson, OT Gosder Cherilus and DE William Gholston.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 02:58:00 PM

Doug Martin had 16 carries for 42 yards in Week 15 against Dallas.

It was more of the same from Martin, who averaged under 3.0 YPC. He didn't have much room against a tough Dallas run defense. Martin has given the Bucs next to nothing since returning from a hamstring injury, but is locked into a featured role. He'll be a mid-range RB2 against the Saints in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 11:42:00 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said, "There’s nothing wrong with Doug Martin."

"Doug has been running hard," Koetter said. "What we’ve got to do is give him more lanes." Much has been made about Martin's sub-3 yards-per-carry average since returning from injury, but Koetter thinks the back has been making something out of nothing. Unfortunately, those effort yards have not amounted to much for fantasy owners. With a tough matchup against the Cowboys up next, Martin will be no better than a mid-range RB2.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 10:52:00 AM

Doug Martin rushed 23 times for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 14 win over the Saints.

He added two receptions for 19 additional yards. Bucs OC Todd Monken claimed earlier in the week that Jacquizz Rodgers had earned more work, but 'Quizz touched the ball twice. Martin ceded just seven touches to a returning Charles Sims. Monken confirmed the obvious: Martin remains the Bucs' bell-cow. Martin has a solid Week 15 matchup in the Cowboys, but game flow is always a concern against Big D. Martin will be a mid-range RB2.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 07:40:00 PM

Bucs OC Todd Monken indicated Wednesday that he is not pleased with the current state of Tampa Bay's running game.

"We've just got to do it better," said Monken while stating Jacquizz Rodgers is headed for an expanded role. "We've got to do a better job on the perimeter blocking. We've got to do a better job up front, a better job seeing the holes." The statement "a better job seeing the holes" indicates Monken believes the Bucs have been leaving yards on the field. Doug Martin is averaging 2.85 yards per carry since returning from his hamstring injury, and hasn't cleared 3.8 yards per carry in any of his six appearances this year.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 08:40:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman believes Doug Martin is still the Bucs' "primary" running back heading into Week 14 against the Saints.

Martin sat out the final three drives of last week's win over the Chargers, suggesting he may have some sort of injury or possibly was simply losing work to Jacquizz Rodgers. But Martin practiced on Wednesday and is fine. OC Todd Monken said Rodgers has earned an "expanded role" after his Week 13 performance, but we doubt that actually translates to a bunch more work. Charles Sims (knee) will also be activated off I.R. in time for Sunday's game, but he figures to see most of his work as a pass catcher with the Bucs' wide receiver depth chart shredded by injuries. Martin remains a strong RB2 with a floor of around 15 carries in a plus spot.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 02:15:00 PM

Doug Martin (back?) said he was "doing fine" after sitting out the final three drives Week 13 against the Chargers.

Martin said he was "bent back" late in the game, and that is why he sat out. Coach Dirk Koetter also said the running back was fine after the game. It looks like Martin will be healthy enough to play this week against the Saints, but his workload is suddenly in question, especially with Charles Sims (knee, injured reserve) potentially returning.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 09:34:00 AM

Doug Martin said after Sunday's win over the Chargers that he missed the Bucs' final three drives because he got "bent back" late in the game.

This is the extent of the information available on why Martin didn't play on the Bucs' final three drives. The Bucs turned to Jacquizz Rodgers, who finished with nine touches and handled all of Tampa Bay's clock-killing carries in Sunday's 28-21 road-game win. We suspect Martin will be fine for Week 14.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 08:44:00 PM

Doug Martin rushed 17 times for 45 yards and a touchdown and caught his lone target for a gain of 23 in the Bucs' Week 13 upset of San Diego.

Martin turned in a useful fantasy line thanks to a two-yard touchdown plunge, but he lost a ton of late-game playing time to Jacquizz Rodgers, who returned from a foot injury on Sunday. Martin did not play on the Bucs' final three drives. It's possible the Bucs were just managing Martin's reps following his return from a severe hamstring injury. It's also possible Martin suffered an injury of some sort. One beat writer suggested the Bucs simply prefer Rodgers as a late-game clock killer. Either way, it's a situation to monitor ahead of a Week 14 date with the visiting Saints.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 07:47:00 PM