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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 rushed for 59 yards on six carries in the Bucs' second preseason game.
Martin owned the Bucs' opening drive with 57 yards on five carries, bringing the offense down to the one-yard line before Jameis Winston capped it off with a one-yard touchdown run on a bootleg. Martin looks faster and quicker this year and is finishing his runs. His big gain Monday night was a 30-yard scamper up the right sideline after burying his head and powering through a couple arm tackles from Bengals defenders. Our own Ray Summerlin has been beating the Martin drum all offseason. He's one of the better value grabs at his fifth-round ADP. Aug 24 - 9:35 PM

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Doug Martin managed 19 yards on five carries in the Bucs' preseason opener against the Vikings.

Martin got the start, but the Bucs used each of their top-three backs in the Jameis Winston group, also mixing in Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey. Martin looks to have regained some quickness, but the Bucs' offensive line is going to be an issue for him all year, and it looks like another multi-back committee could be in store for Tampa Bay's offense. We'll continue to monitor Martin's situation all preseason.
Aug 15 - 10:02 PM

Appearing on NFL Network Tuesday afternoon, Mike Mayock said the Bucs are "excited that we’re going to see the Doug Martin of 2012."

"Apparently Doug Martin looks fantastic," Mayock said. His words come three days after the Tampa Tribune reported Martin looks "leaner and quicker." Martin entered the offseason with a tenuous grip on No. 1 duties, but has separated himself from 2014 coaching-staff darling Charles Sims. He needs a strong preseason to solidify himself at the top of the depth chart, but Martin is putting himself back in the (low-end) RB2 conversation.
Aug 11 - 2:55 PM

The Tampa Tribune believes Doug Martin looks "leaner and quicker" in camp.

Coach Lovie Smith has already claimed Martin will be the team's lead back, but he'll have to solidify his standing in the preseason. Even with Martin expected to start Week 1, Charles Sims should handle passing-down duties.
Aug 8 - 1:05 PM

Coach Lovie Smith confirmed Doug Martin will be the Bucs' "lead" back this season.

"We talked about being able to establish the run," said Smith. "Doug will be the lead guy doing that, so it's very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing." On a Bucs team with a 6.5-game Vegas Win Total, Martin is expected to be a two-down back only, ceding passing-down snaps to Charles Sims. Still, Martin has value-pick potential at his seventh-round ADP.
Aug 3 - 7:26 PM

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

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.
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.
Mar 28 - 10:49 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Jameis Winston
2Mike Glennon
3Seth Lobato
RB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3Bobby Rainey
4Mike James
5Dominique Brown
GLB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3RB1Charles Sims
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
2Joey Iosefa
WR11Mike Evans
2Kenny Bell
3Robert Herron
4Tavarres King
5Donteea Dye
WR21Vincent Jackson
2Louis Murphy
3Russell Shepard
4Kaelin Clay
5Rannell Hall
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Tim Wright
4Luke Stocker
5Cameron Brate
K1Connor Barth
2Patrick Murray