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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 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

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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

Doug Martin (knee) is probable for Week 4.

Martin declared himself fully healthy earlier in the week and will return against the Steelers. He's a high-risk, high-reward RB2.
Sep 26 - 5:56 PM

Doug Martin (knee) says he's "100 percent."

Martin is also "anxious" to prove he's "still an impact player." Martin had only nine carries in Week 1. His every-down status is in question after missing the last two games. Martin will get the start against the Steelers' leaky run defense. We expect Bobby Rainey to get work despite his league-high three fumbles. Martin is a high-risk, high-reward RB2 with six teams on bye for Week 4.
Sep 25 - 1:54 PM

Doug Martin (knee) is practicing in full this week.

He's practicing without limitations, and should be all systems go for Week 4 against the Steelers. Pittsburgh had been gashed by the run the first two weeks of the season before stymying Carolina last Sunday night. With Bobby Rainey battling ball-security issues, Martin has a good chance to re-grab the starting job.
Sep 24 - 2:11 PM

Doug Martin (knee) participated in Bucs practice Monday.

Per beat writer Greg Auman, Martin "looked like he was practicing without limitations." Bobby Rainey has lost three fumbles through three games, and struggled outside of his Week 2 blowup against St. Louis. Martin still has a chance to retake Tampa Bay's backfield. The Bucs face Pittsburgh in Week 4.
Sep 22 - 4:19 PM

The Bucs are reportedly confident that Doug Martin (knee) will return for Week 4 against the Steelers.

Martin was a late scratch last Thursday night, giving Bobby Rainey a chance to run toward the lead of this committee. Instead, Rainey lost two fumbles, averaged 3.72 YPC and the Bucs got whipped 56-14 by the Falcons. In other words, things couldn't have gone much better for Martin owners. If truly healthy, he'll likely start against a Steelers defense that is both shaky and injured.
Sep 22 - 10:48 AM

Doug Martin (knee) is inactive for Week 3 against the Falcons.

The Bucs had been hinting all week that Martin would suit up, but that changed Thursday afternoon. His absence leaves Bobby Rainey as a high-upside RB2 against a Falcons defense that's gotten smoked by the run the past two weeks. Rainey will be spelled by Mike James. Martin is week to week, with a strong chance at returning in Week 4. It could be as a backup if Rainey has another big game, however. Also inactive for the Bucs are DT Gerald McCoy, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, LB Mason Foster, OT Kevin Pamphile, OG Kadeem Edwards and OG Rishaw Johnson.
Sep 18 - 6:58 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora confirms there's a "good chance" Doug Martin (knee) is inactive Thursday against the Falcons.

Per La Canfora, even if Martin does dress, there's "not much expectation of him being involved." It's going to be the Bobby Rainey show against a run defense that's allowed 309 yards through its first two games. Rainey can be used as a plug-and-play RB2.
Sep 18 - 4:36 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Mike Glennon
2Josh McCown
3Mike Kafka
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
2Russell Shepard
3Robert Herron
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
K1Patrick Murray