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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 (ankle) remained sidelined at Bucs practice Thursday, but has shed his walking boot.
The fact that Martin has shed his boot offers a glimmer of hope for his Week 9 status, but most signs point toward him sitting out against the Browns. Reporter Greg Auman believes Bobby Rainey will lead the Bucs in touches in Martin's potential absence, but that rookie Charles Sims could earn a much bigger role going forward if he performs well. We'd consider Rainey a borderline RB2, and Sims a wait-and-see RB3. Oct 30 - 2:08 PM

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Doug Martin (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Martin is still in a walking boot after leaving last week's game with an ankle injury. His Week 9 availability is unclear, leaving the potential for Bobby Rainey or Charles Sims to start. Martin's status will be updated again on Thursday.
Oct 29 - 2:08 PM

The Bucs will consider offers for RB Doug Martin and S Mark Barron ahead of Tuesday's 4pm ET trade deadline.

The Bucs are also getting calls on Vincent Jackson, but he's highly unlikely to get moved. Martin, on the other hand, has been the subject of heavy rumors over the last week. He's averaged just 3.36 yards per carry over the last two seasons, has been brutal in pass protection and the Lovie Smith regime inherited him. Charles Sims (ankle) is expected to be active and have a role against the Browns Sunday whether Martin gets moved or not. Barron, the No. 7 overall pick in 2012, has three interceptions and one forced fumble in 37 career games while consistently grading out in the bottom third of PFF's safety grades.
Oct 28 - 8:54 AM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith indicated Monday that he believes Doug Martin deserves more touches.

The problem is that Martin isn't an effective player at this point in his career. "Doug is a part of it and we’d like to have more, but in order for Doug to get more yards, he’s got to get a lot more touches and we’ve got to convert third downs," Smith said. The front office is believed to have placed Martin on the trade block. He had 27 yards on ten carries in Sunday's loss to Minnesota.
Oct 27 - 5:45 PM

Doug Martin managed 27 yards on ten carries and two catches for -1 yard in the Bucs' Week 8 loss to Minnesota, before exiting with a third-quarter ankle injury.

Ineffective and now constantly banged up, Martin's grip on a workload in Tampa Bay's backfield is shaky to be kind. Bobby Rainey is much better in the passing game, and rookie Charles Sims is eligible to return from I.R./recall in Week 9. Martin is on the borderline of being droppable in 12- and 14-team leagues. We've completely lost hope that he will turn his season around.
Oct 26 - 5:06 PM

Doug Martin exited Sunday's game with a third-quarter ankle injury.

Martin is standing on the sideline with his helmet off and his ankle wrapped, and Bobby Rainey is in at tailback. Martin had 27 yards on 10 carries and two catches for a combined loss of one yard before exiting.
Oct 26 - 3:10 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports teams have been calling the Bucs about trading for Doug Martin.

Martin has been a complete, utter disappointment, managing just 139 yards and one touchdown on 48 carries (2.9 YPC) across four starts. The Bucs have talented Bobby Rainey and third-round rookie Charles Sims (ankle) ready to return from short-term I.R. next week. Martin is still just 25 and two seasons removed from his 1,926-yard, 12-touchdown rookie year. He'd likely fetch a mid- to late-round pick.
Oct 26 - 10:39 AM

Doug Martin rushed for 45 yards on 11 carries in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Ravens.

Martin caught one pass for three yards. He was hovering around 1.0-2.0 YPC for much of the first half before finding running room after the break with the Ravens playing soft defense up 38-0 at one time. The Bucs are committed to Martin, but he's been a massive disappointment behind a truly awful offensive line. The schedule lightens up after Tampa's Week 7 bye.
Oct 12 - 4:31 PM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith said "we're staying the course" with Doug Martin.

Martin has been a liability in pass protection, is among the league's worst in yards after contact per attempt and is averaging 2.54 YPC one year after getting 3.59 YPC. But Smith said he's sticking with his "bell cow." It's unlikely Martin will get out of the mud against the Ravens this week, but following the Week 7 bye he'll get to face MIN, CLE, ATL, WAS and CHI. It'll be an excellent chance to prove his impressive rookie year was legit and not propped up by one monstrous game.
Oct 9 - 8:36 AM

Bucs QBs coach Marcus Arroyo says he has "no concerns" about Doug Martin.

Arroyo is currently serving as the offensive coordinator in place of Jeff Tedford. It confirms an earlier report that the Bucs believe Martin is "way ahead" of their other running backs. Despite his early-season struggles, Martin has a strong hold on the starting job, with Bobby Rainey a low-volume change of pace. Martin will be a mid-range RB2 in Week 6 against the Ravens.
Oct 8 - 1:57 PM

Doug Martin rushed for 45 yards on 14 carries in the Bucs' Week 5 loss to the Saints.

He caught three passes for an additional 29 yards. Martin also had a 32-yard catch-and-run called back on an illegal formation penalty. Running room was hard to come by early, but Martin found some holes as the game went on. He out-touched Bobby Rainey 17-9, but Rainey is the one who found the end zone from nine yards away in the second half. Martin will remain a mid-to-low RB2 next week at home against the Ravens.
Oct 5 - 5:13 PM

The Bucs coaches reportedly still think Doug Martin is way ahead of the other running backs.

We're not exactly sure why the Bucs coaches would think this. Martin has been a liability in pass protection and is averaging just 3.37 YPC over his last eight games. That includes an ugly 2.13 YPC on his 23 carries this year. Even if we can project 15 touches for Martin against the Saints Sunday, he's a weak RB2 bet.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 3 - 8:00 PM

Doug Martin rushed 14 times for 40 yards and a touchdown in Tampa's Week 4 win over the Steelers, adding two catches for 16 yards.

There was no committee with Bobby Rainey, whom Martin out-touched 16-5, but it was a disappointing day against one of the league's softest run defenses. Martin had no memorable runs, and seems bereft of big-play ability this season. His grip on the clear No. 1 job remains tenuous. Martin will be a middling RB2 in Week 5 against the Saints.
Sep 28 - 5:45 PM

Doug Martin (knee) is active for Week 4 against the Steelers.

Mike James is a healthy scratch, which is a sign the Bucs are confident in Martin's health. The matchup is choice in the Steelers, but Martin may have to get off to a hot start to avoid a full-blown committee with Bobby Rainey. He's a boom-or-bust RB2.
Sep 28 - 11:32 AM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas expects Doug Martin to get the "bulk of the carries" in Sunday's game at Pittsburgh.

Bobby Rainey lost two fumbles as the Bucs got absolutely pasted by the Falcons last Thursday night. So it's only logical to think Martin will regain his starting job and be the lead dog in a committee. He's a mid-range RB2 in a nice matchup against a beaten down Pittsburgh defense.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 26 - 11:25 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Mike Glennon
2Josh McCown
RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3Mike James
4Charles Sims
GLB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Louis Murphy
3Trindon Holliday
WR21Mike Evans
2Robert Herron
3Russell Shepard
4Tavarres King
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
K1Patrick Murray