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Doug Martin | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 215
College: Boise State
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Doug Martin rushed for 24 yards on six carries in the Bucs' second preseason game Saturday night, adding a four-yard reception.
His preseason stats stand at nine rushes for 30 yards (3.33 YPC) with two short catches. Martin is the clear-cut lead back in Tampa Bay with Charles Sims out until late in the season (at earliest) with a fractured ankle. Bobby Rainey is in the change-of-pace back role. Although there were legitimate reasons to be concerned about Martin's usage following May's draft, he's become a value pick at his Average Draft Position of 3.03. Aug 16 - 9:45 PM

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ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas says the Bucs will rotate backs in behind Doug Martin to keep him fresh.

Martin averaged 23.0 touches per game during his first two NFL seasons. "Under (Greg) Schiano, the Bucs often overused Martin. That’s not going to be the case with (Lovie) Smith," said Yasinskas. Look for Charles Sims to get passing-down snaps and Mike James or Bobby Rainey to mix in a little as well. Martin's troubled offensive line and a decrease in volume are both concerns, but 16-18 touches in a run-first offense can still be expected.
Aug 13 - 11:11 AM

Doug Martin rushed three times for six yards in Friday night's preseason opener against the Jaguars, adding one catch for two yards.

The Jaguars' first-team defense dominated the Bucs' starting offense, and the interior of Tampa's O-Line performed especially terribly. Coach Lovie Smith really needs to find a combination at both guard spots that can block some defenders. If not, Martin is going to be in for a long season running the ball.
Aug 8 - 9:04 PM

The Tampa Tribune says Doug Martin will see fewer touches under Lovie Smith than he saw while playing for Greg Schiano.

Martin is the clear-cut starter, but he's not expected to get near the 23.0 touches per game he saw over the last two seasons. The Lovie regime used a top-70 pick on passing back Charles Sims, Mike James returns from his ankle injury and new OC Jeff Tedford has stated his desire to use a committee. Look for Martin to get most of the carries (but not all) and lose some receptions, leaving him with around 16-18 touches per game. He's still in the back-end RB1 mix.
Jul 23 - 8:43 AM

ESPN Buccaneers reporter Pat Yasinskas confirms Doug Martin "is the starter," but says the Bucs "want to use a rotation" at tailback this year.

The Bucs' new front office and coaching staff didn't draft Martin. They did draft Charles Sims with a top-70 pick, and Mike James returns after averaging nearly 5.0 yards per carry on 60 rookie-year attempts. Bobby Rainey is also on the roster. We fully expect Martin to lead Tampa Bay in 2014 rushing attempts, but he may be spelled fairly regularly by passing-down specialist Sims, and possibly James. OC Jeff Tedford is an admitted proponent of RBBCs.
Jun 20 - 1:30 PM

Speaking Tuesday, coach Lovie Smith insisted Doug Martin will remain an integral part of the Bucs' offense.

Smith dismissively referred to talk of a diminished role for Martin as "chatter," while also admitting his workload will decrease. Smith's point is that Martin's role will remain big, just not as big as it was. "One running back just can't make it through the season," Smith said. Martin clearly won't be the 80-percent-of-the-snaps player he was in 2012-13, but remains an RB2 with RB1 upside. Third-rounder Charles Sims is going to eat into Martin's work on passing downs.
Jun 10 - 6:47 PM

Bucs OC Jeff Tedford plans to "alternate" running backs this season because he believes it's "just too physical" for one to carry the entire load.

"I don’t believe that one back can carry the load," Tedford said. "It’s just too physical. I think you probably need to have 2-3 guys to bring different things to the table." The days of Doug Martin seeing 368 touches like he did as a rookie appear to be over. The Bucs have a stable of able ball-carriers, including Martin, Bobby Rainey, Mike James, and third-round rookie Charles Sims. Three of them are likely to see action. Martin is currently Rotoworld's No. 11 running back. Working in Martin's favor is the Bucs' plan to pound the ball on the ground.
Jun 3 - 3:02 PM

The Buccaneers are only likely to keep four of the seven running backs currently on the roster.

Doug Martin and rookie Charles Sims are locks to make the roster. That leaves Bobby Rainey, Mike James, and Jeff Demps to battle it out for at most two spots. Demps is an Olympic-level sprinter that should be used on special teams. Rainey and James both played well as starters at different points in 2013. The Bucs will probably end up cutting a useful running back this preseason.
May 31 - 11:54 AM

The Buccaneers' website anticipates rookie Charles Sims "taking a handful of carries" per game from Doug Martin, "and perhaps also serving as the third-down back."'s Scott Smith makes it clear he expects Sims to be a "complementary" player -- not a threat to Martin's starting job -- but this isn't the first indication Sims could steal passing-game work from Tampa Bay's feature runner. Smith does not expect Martin to return to his 2012 form of 1,926 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns. Sims will be a solid handcuff, especially in PPR leagues.
May 30 - 12:08 AM

Coach Lovie Smith issued a vote of confidence to Doug Martin last week.

Smith says the surprising third-round selection of Charles Sims was about adding a passing-down back, not Martin's 3.59 YPC last season. "He's an All-Pro running back. There is nothing to dislike about Doug Martin," insisted Lovie. "At the same time, we want Doug around here for many years. You need to have some other guys. He can't carry it every second." Martin's role as a two-down workhorse and goal-line back is intact.
May 19 - 11:18 AM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas does not expect new OC Jeff Tedford to employ a true timeshare at running back.

As a rookie under Greg Schiano in 2012, Doug Martin racked up 319 of the team's 371 running back carries. New coach Lovie Smith will give him more breaks, but has already stated he plans to "lean" on Muscle Hamster. The talent gap between Martin and Mike James/Bobby Rainey is wide. Martin, who is fully recovered from a torn labrum, remains a good bet for 300 carries in Tedford's run-first scheme.
Apr 14 - 8:23 AM

Doug Martin (shoulder surgery) confirmed he's been medically cleared.

He recovered right on schedule from the Week 7 injury. A consensus top-five fantasy pick in 2013, Martin disappointed on a dysfunctional, Josh Freeman-led team before suffering the year-ending labrum tear. New coach Lovie Smith and Jeff Tedford's offensive track records are somewhat discouraging as it pertains to Martin's 2014 pass-game usage and upside, but he's locked back into the top three rounds of standard fantasy drafts.
Mar 31 - 12:53 PM

Coach Lovie Smith said the Bucs are going to "lean" on Doug Martin.

Smith believes in taking his starting running back off the field when a breather is needed, not implementing a true committee. "I think you have to have a bell cow. [Martin] is ours. ... Two will play, but it's not a rotation that where every series we're going to have a different guy in there." With his shoulder healed and the new regime implementing a run-first scheme, Martin has major bounce-back appeal. Mike James and Bobby Rainey are his current backups.
Mar 31 - 8:31 AM

Doug Martin (shoulder) expects to be medically cleared next week.

Martin is on track to be cleared for OTAs and should be fully healthy by minicamp on April 22. He missed the final eight games of 2013 due to shoulder surgery, but hasn't had any setbacks. Although he must hold off Mike James and Bobby Rainey for carries, Martin is a strong candidate for a bounce-back season in new coordinator Jeff Tedford's run-first offense.
Mar 29 - 5:22 PM

New coach Lovie Smith endorsed Doug Martin as the Buccaneers' "bellcow" at the league meetings Wednesday.

Smith described new OC Jeff Tedford's offense as "a running attack that can pass the football." Martin will be the lead dog, but "will have backup help." This is clearly going to be a run-first attack, Lovie's preferred approach complemented by a stout defense. Martin should be a shoo-in bounce-back fantasy RB1.
Mar 26 - 8:11 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Mike Glennon
3Mike Kafka
4Alex Tanney
RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3Mike James
4Jeff Demps
5Charles Sims
GLB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
2Lonnie Pryor
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Chris Owusu
3Robert Herron
4Lavelle Hawkins
5Skye Dawson
WR21Mike Evans
2Louis Murphy
3Eric Page
4Tommy Streeter
5Russell Shepard
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Brandon Myers
2Austin Seferian-Jenkins
3Tim Wright
4Luke Stocker
5Cameron Brate
K1Connor Barth
2Patrick Murray