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Doug Martin | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 215
College: Boise State
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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

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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

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

Doug Martin rushed 11 times for 27 yards Week 12 against the Bears.

Martin started the game but rotated evenly with Charles Sims through the first three quarters. Martin had a nice 10-yard run where he showed the vision and burst that made him a hot property following his rookie season, but struggled to find room in the Bucs' horrible run scheme the rest of the day. Martin will likely be the better side of Tampa's new RBBC, but he will not be worth a start against a suddenly resurgent Bengals' defense Week 13.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:58:00 PM

According to FOX's Jay Glazer, Doug Martin will start Sunday's Week 12 game against the Bears.

Martin, Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey are all active. Mike James was a healthy scratch. It's interesting that Martin, coming off an ankle injury, will grab the start considering how ineffective he's been of late. That said, he fits as an early-down back complemented by Sims who can catch passes and change the pace. Ideally, it's a backfield to avoid Sunday -- we could very well see an even split.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 12:53:00 PM

Buccaneers declared Doug Martin (ankle) active for Week 12 against the Bears.

Martin has missed three games with an ankle injury, but reportedly saw "many" of the first-team reps during practice this week. Charles Sims is still expected to be the lead back, but Martin will get some early-down work as well. This is shaping up as a situation to avoid.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 11:35:00 AM

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Doug Martin (questionable, ankle) got "many of the reps with the first team during drills."

Martin missed the last three games with his ankle injury. He returns to a backfield that was dominated by third-round rookie Charles Sims last week, and also has Bobby Rainey available. Martin should have an opportunity to regain a role, although he's been among the worst backs in the league since the start of last season. The Bucs run-scheme has been a disaster under rookie OC Marcus Arroyo, and rank last in the NFC with just 217 attempts. We might get more clarity by the time Sunday inactives are announced, but for now Sims is a risky RB3 only.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Doug Martin (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 12.

Martin was limited throughout the week, but reportedly looked healthy during practice Friday. The Tampa Bay Times expects him to return Sunday. Martin's role is up in the air after missing the last three games. Rookie Charles Sims (ankle) is also listed as questionable.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 07:23:00 PM

Doug Martin (ankle) remained limited on Thursday.

It's not a given that Martin suits up for Sunday's game against the Bears, but he's trending in the right direction. Most signs point toward Martin being the Bucs' No. 3 back behind Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey upon his return, though it's possible he'll slot in ahead of Rainey. We just won't know until the Bucs play.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 06:51:00 PM