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Doug Martin | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 223
College: Boise State
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Doug Martin is down to 210 pounds.
Martin weighed 223 at the 2012 Combine and was listed at 225 last year. Playing at a lower weight should improve Martin's short-area quickness after he struggled with conditioning in 2014. The Bucs have been impressed with the slimmed-down version of Martin, giving him first-team reps throughout the offseason. Martin has post-hype sleeper appeal at his current eighth-round ADP. Jul 10 - 6:09 PM

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The Tampa Tribune says Doug Martin had his "best offseason in three years."

Martin has come roaring off the mat, quickly going from the trade block to the heavy favorite to start Week 1. Charles Sims, who averaged 2.8 YPC last year, is likely to be used in his natural pass-catching role and Bobby Rainey projects as a backup in both spots. Although Martin has been one of the worst running backs in the league over the last two seasons, he's a lead runner in a contract year with an eighth-round ADP. As a rookie in 2012, he erupted for a 319-1,454-11 line.
Jun 23 - 8:03 AM

Doug Martin has slimmed down this offseason.

Martin expects to play between 220-225, but has dropped five-percent body fat. The Bucs have been getting Martin first-team reps ahead of Charles Sims. Despite the coaching staff's apparent infatuation with scatback Sims, Martin remains in the driver's seat to lead Tampa Bay in carries this season.
Jun 13 - 5:34 PM

Doug Martin has been getting first-team reps at OTAs.

Martin has the inside track to remain the early-down starter over Charles Sims, who averaged 2.8 YPC as a rookie. "He's on the first team like he’s always been," coach Lovie Smith said of Martin. "He's one of our guys, he's our running back. He's showing up and getting good work. It’s as simple as that." 26 years old, Martin will be worth a mid-round gamble in 2015 fantasy drafts.
Jun 5 - 6:08 PM

Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds said Doug Martin stayed with the Bucs because new OC Dirk Koetter "wanted him back."

Bucs GM Jason Licht mentioned in a radio interview that Koetter liked what he saw from Martin on tape. Though Lovie Smith and the front office appear ready to move on from the oft-injured running back, Martin may have found an ally in Koetter. Martin will battle second-year RB Charles Sims for lead duties in training camp.
May 30 - 10:57 AM

The Tampa Bay Times believes it "seems doubtful" that contract-year RB Doug Martin is back with the Bucs in 2016.

Reporter Joey Knight is simply connecting the obvious dots. The Bucs declined to exercise Martin's fifth-year team option, while he hasn't been the same since his monster rookie season. Martin will enter camp battling Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James for touches. Although the odds have decreased after the draft, it remains possible that Martin is traded.
May 28 - 8:19 PM

The Bucs did not pick up the 2016 fifth-year option on RB Doug Martin.

It was an easy decision for the Bucs, who know there's no way Martin will be worth $5.621 million in 2016. He's sputtered the last two seasons, fighting injuries while averaging just 3.63 YPC and struggling badly in pass protection. Still, Martin will only battle Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James for carries this year after the Bucs failed to address the position in free agency or the draft. The Muscle Hamster remains the tentative favorite for early-down work by default, even if reports continue to swirl that the team is high on Sims.
May 4 - 8:57 AM

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said "we haven't seen the true Doug Martin yet."

It's hard to tell if Smith actually sees promise in his fourth-year running back or if he's simply trying to drive up Martin's trade value. Martin stormed onto the scene with a brilliant rookie season but injuries cost him most of the 2013 campaign. He followed that up with another dud in 2014. With free agency around the corner, it's now or never for Martin. We're far from sold Martin will be the Bucs' 2015 starter.
Apr 9 - 8:32 PM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas believes Doug Martin can be had for a mid-round draft pick.

At this point, the Bucs would probably love a mid-rounder. Realistically, coming off two unimpressive seasons, Martin likely wouldn't bring back more than a late-round selection. He's already 26 and has been injury-prone the past two years. The Bucs are a candidate to address running back early in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 1 - 9:28 AM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas expects Tampa Bay to use a committee approach at running back.

Injured most of the year and playing behind one of the league's worst offensive lines, Martin struggled to a sub-3.7 yards per carry average for the second straight season. He played better than those numbers indicate, however, and came on strong as he got healthy down the stretch. Martin has struggled to stay healthy and will lose passing-down work to second-year player Charles Sims, but those factors could make him a value pick this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 10:49 AM

Doug Martin rushed 19 times for 108 yards in the Bucs' Week 17 loss to the Saints.

Martin wasn't targeted in the passing game. Astoundingly, the 100-yard game was Martin's first of the year. That includes yards from scrimmage. Martin showed some juice in the open field, but his game-best, 45-yard run in the second quarter likely would have gone for a 52-yard touchdown two years ago. Banged up for long stretches this season, Martin ends up with a 3.68 YPC. He's the owner of a 3.63 mark on 261 carries since his electrifying rookie year. Martin will be the favorite for Tampa's between-the-tackles duties in 2015, but it's not a given. He's no longer a serious factor in the passing game.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:16:00 PM

Doug Martin had 10 carries for 17 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Packers.

Martin continued to get the majority of early down work, with Charles Sims playing in pass situations. He wasn't able to build off last week's game against the Panthers. The Bucs abandoned the run in the second half, and were held to just 163 yards of total offense. Martin has a matchup against the Saints in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:04:00 PM

Doug Martin rushed 14 times for 96 yards and caught a three-yard pass in the Bucs' Week 15 loss to the Panthers.

On the Buccaneers' first run play of the game, Martin busted a 64-yarder up the middle, Tampa Bay's longest run of the season. Unfortunately, Martin managed 30 yards on his final 13 carries. The Bucs' running game was ultimately ineffective against Carolina. Martin also "lost" ten touches to RBBC partner Charles Sims. Martin would be a weak flex play in Week 16 versus Green Bay.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:30:00 PM

Doug Martin rushed five times for 22 yards Week 14 against the Lions.

Martin looked as good as he has all season against the Lions, but the Bucs only let him touch the ball six times in a game they were competitive in well into the second half. It has become clear OC Marcus Arroyo is in over his head, and Martin and the Bucs' running game is suffering. Martin will be a FLEX play at best Week 15 against the Panthers.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Doug Martin rushed 18 times for 58 yards and a touchdown and caught a three-yard pass in the Bucs' Week 13 loss to Cincinnati.

Martin started hot, piling up 48 yards and the score on his initial ten carries. He was limited to ten yards on eight runs the rest of the way. Martin hasn't been an effective ball carrier since the 2012 season. He has resumed lead-back duties for Tampa, but would be a poor flex play in Week 14 versus Detroit.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:29:00 PM