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RB Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-9, 223Born: 1-13-1989College: Boise StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 31

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General News (Fri Feb 5): said he wants to sign a new deal to stay with the team but would also play if he is given the franchise tag.

General News (Tue Feb 2): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Doug Martin's representatives have started discussing a contract extension. Martin, who is slated to be a free agent in 2016, finished second for the league rushing title behind Adrian Peterson. He also scored six touchdowns. If the team cannot work out an extension they do not plan on using the franchise tag on him.

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Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 17 vs CAR (15 / 48 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 60 / 0 rec)

Martin only managed 48 yards on 15 carries. The Carolina front 7 consistently penetrated the Tampa Bay offense line for sacks and tackles for loss, really making the day tough for Martin and Sims on the ground. The majority of Martin's ground yardage came on a 29 yard gain in the 3rd quarter. The Carolina defense parted like the Red Sea, and Martin shot right up the middle of the field, bouncing off of a couple of tackles in the secondary for the big gain. With Tampa Bay falling behind early, Martin did see some increased action in the receiving game as Winston was forced to checkdown to his running backs a lot. Martin was a perfect 7 for 7 on his targets, and caught his longest reception of the day(20 yards) on a RB screen out of the backfield in the 1st quarter

2015 Week 16 vs CHI (17 / 49 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Martin had a slower day on the ground than usual, totaling just 49 yards on the ground. He scored the first touchdown of the day on a short goal-line plunge from the 4 yard line, right after the Bucs recovered a blocked punt inside the Chicago 5-yard line. Martin was hit at the line of scrimmage and fought hard for the 4 yards it took to hit paydirt. Martin's longest run of the day went for just 9 yards in the 2nd quarter. Martin had a tough day with ball security, losing two fumbles. He dropped the first after catching a short pass out of the backfield in the 2nd quarter, killing a drive inside Chicago territory. Martin's 2nd fumble occurred near the end of the 3rd quarter when a Chicago defender jarred it loose with perfect helmet placement on a tackle.

2015 Week 15 vs STL (18 / 91 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Martin passed the 1,300 yard mark for the season as he rushed for another 91 yards on 18 carries in the loss. Martin was featured heavily early in the game, and seemed to be able to turn the slightest shred of daylight into impressive gains. He picked up the majority of the team's first-down rushes(8 total) in the first quarter. For the second week in a row, Tampa Bay fell behind early and the offensive gameplan leaned toward the passing game. Martin made two ankle-breaking cuts as he ripped his biggest gain right up the middle on a 17 yard run in the 3rd quarter. Martin fumbled the ball and lost it near the end of the 3rd quarter after failing to secure a handoff from Winston. The handoff looked good, but the ball started slipping down Martin's right hip as he ran to the left side of the o-line and he lost his grip on first contact. The Rams recovered at their own 46. Martin had 1 short reception out of the backfield for a gain of 6 in the 4th quarter.

2015 Week 14 vs NO (11 / 81 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Martin had a great day statistically, considering his limited carries (11 for 81 yards and a TD). Tampa Bays fell behind by 14 points early, shifting the offense to a more pass-heavy game script. Martin scored on a beautiful 14 yard run in the 2nd quarter, taking a pitch to the right behind the lead blocking of fullback Lane and cutting back inside after breaking a couple of tackles at the line of scrimmage. Martin's longest run of the day(24 yards) came on a pitch play to the right that Martin took up the sideline in the 4th quarter. He also recorded a 22 yard gain on his first carry of the 2nd half, a pitch to the left that he cut back up the middle untouched for the first 20 yards or so. Pitch plays were very successful for Martin in week 14; game flow just unfortunately limited his opportunities. Martin drew a 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalty on the New Orleans D after getting hit late, long after failing to secure a 2nd quarter pass target. Martin had a bad drop in the 3rd quarter on a play action pass out of the backfield, and secured his last target of the day for a short gain at the end of the 3rd quarter.

2015 Week 13 vs ATL (25 / 95 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Martin, who surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark last week, ran the ball hard all day, picking up extra yards after contact and often converting 1st downs every 2 carries or so. Tampa's bell cow carried the ball for the Bucs' first 6 offensive plays of the game and totaled 25 carries for 95 yards on the day. Martin got the Bucs inside the Atlanta 10 yard line with a nice run and facemask penalty in 1st quarter, setting up Jameis Winston's touchdown scramble. Martin drew a 2nd defensive facemask penalty on an 8 yard run in the 3rd quarter. Martin leaped over the offensive line and into the end zone on his 1 yard touchdown plunge in the 3rd quarter. The only real blemish on Martin's day was a lost fumble in the 3rd quarter while fighting hard for extra yardage. 1 of the 3 defenders dragging him to the ground managed to punch the ball loose, and Atlanta recovered just moments after the Tampa Bay defense had forced a 3-and-out. Martin was benched for a handful of plays after the fumble. Martin ripped off a 30+ yard run late in the 4th to take the ball down inside the Atlanta 5 yard line, but the play was called back because of an offensive holding penalty. Martin had 1 reception for 5 yards, lining up wide right in a 5WR empty backfield set in the 2nd quarter. He had 14 yard gain negated by penalty in 1st quarter.

2015 Week 12 vs IND (14 / 97 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Martin continued to run hard and set up play-action pass attempts for QB Winston, tallying 14 carries for 97 yards in week 12. He narrowly missed a couple of scoring opportunities at the end of a 2nd quarter drive. He got 2 carries inside the 5 yard line and punched the ball in on the second attempt, but the score was negated by an offensive holding penalty. On the ensuing play from the 12 yard line, Martin was targeted in the end zone out of the backfield, but the play was well defended and the pass off the mark. Martin recorded his only reception of the day on a halfback screen in the 3rd quarter, picking up 1 yard. Winston attempted another halfback screen to Martin later in the 3rd quarter, but overthrew him under duress. He set the Bucs up for their first and only touchdown with a 56 yard run at the end of the 2nd quarter. Tampa Bay had just been backed up to their own 14 after a Mike Evans pass interference penalty and were lined up in a 4WR set, with Martin deep in the backfield and Winston under center. Martin took the handoff right up the middle and gashed the Indy defense into their own territory, breaking a couple of arm tackles and benefiting from some good downfield blocking by Vincent Jackson and Cameron Brate at the second level. Though Martin ran well, the gameflow dictated more passing in the 2nd half, and Martin's carries dwindled as the game progressed.

2015 Week 11 vs PHI (27 / 235 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was very nearly a career day for Martin, who exploded for 235 yards on 27 carries. He bested this total his rookie year when he rushed for 251 yards against Oakland. Tampa Bay's offensive line was able to generate a strong push in the run game, consistently getting Martin to the second level untouched. Martin's speed was on display during several long runs, and he also showed incredibly nimble feet, constantly dancing and making defenders miss at and past the line of scrimmage. His strength was evident as he broke several tackles and dished out a nasty stiff arm on some runs. It took multiple defenders to bring Martin down every time, and he was only brought down behind the line of scrimmage once or twice throughout the course of the game. Martin broke his first big run in the first quarter, taking a pitch left in a 2TE set for 58 yards to the Philadelphia 8 yard line. Set the franchise record for longest rush with an 84 yard romp in the 2nd quarter. Martin took the handoff up the middle and shook one unblocked defender out of his shoes before exploding through to the secondary, aided by some solid downfield blocking. Martin was able to ward off Philadelphia cornerback Nolan Carrol's downfield tackle attempts with a mean stiff arm, but he was eventually shoved out of bounds at the 1 yard line. Martin continued gashing the Philadelphia defense in the 4th quarter, taking the first play of the quarter off left guard for 27 yards. Martin's rushing allowed Tampa Bay to sustain drives and chew up clock. He did not contribute anything in the passing game, missing his lone target of the day.

2015 Week 10 vs DAL (18 / 63 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

There simply wasn't anything there for Martin in the run game in week 10, as the Tampa Bay offensive line struggled generating lanes to run in and protecting Winston. Martin did manage to pick up a few first downs on the ground. He recorded his longest run of the day late in the first quarter, tearing right up the middle on 3rd and 1 for an 18 yard gain. Martin did have a pretty busy day as a receiver, catching 4 of 4 targets out of the backfield for 40 yards. He had a nice catch-and-run for 12 to convert 2nd and 8 to start out the 4th quarter. Martin recorded his longest reception of the day on the next play, as the Bucs executed a halfback screen perfectly against the Dallas blitz. Martin took the screen down the left sideline, bulling his way to 25 yards. Martin later picked up another 1st down on the ground during the same drive.

2015 Week 9 vs NYG (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Martin led the team in carries, but was bottled up by the Giants front 7 on his way to a frustrating day. He lost a fumble early in the second quarter, setting the Giants up deep in Tampa Bay territory. Charles Sims took over as the feature back in the offensive drive that followed, and Martin wasn't seen again until the third quarter, losing several drives to Sims, who fumbled later in the game also. Martin was targeted once in the end zone as Jameis Winston scrambled around and tried to improvise on 3rd and 8 from the Giants 10, during the second quarter. The pass fell short of Martin, who was closely covered. Martin recorded his first catch in the third quarter's opening drive for a short gain on a halfback screen pass. Martin secured his 2nd catch of the day on a similar screen pass later in the third quarter, and had a brutal drop later in the third quarter on a halfback wheel route that would have gone for 20+ yards.

2015 Week 8 vs ATL (23 / 71 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Martin cooled off a bit after breaking the 100-yard rushing mark in his three last games. He posted a decent 71 yards on 23 carries. The Atlanta defense was stingy against the run and bottled the Bucs rushing attack up for the most part. Martin recorded his longest run of 18 yards during the Bucs' first offensive drive of the game, taking the handoff off right tackle and bursting into the secondary before making first contact with the defenders. Martin had a nice 19 yard rush in called back in the third quarter because of a penalty. Martin chipped in 1 reception on 1 target for 7 yards to convert a 3rd down.

2015 Week 7 vs WAS (19 / 136 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Martin topped the 100 yard mark for the third week in a row, turning in another solid performance for fantasy owners. The Tampa Bay offensive line was able to generate some big running lanes, and Martin made plenty of would-be tacklers miss as he regularly gashed the Washington defense for carries of 10+ yards. Martin ran with a low center of gravity and punished anyone attempting to tackle him one on one, always falling forward. He also displayed a nifty spin move several times and had a few nice cutback runs. He got things started early on the Bucs first drive. After gaining 1 on his first carry of the game, Martin took the 2 and 9 stretch play to the right for 23 yards, bouncing off tacklers to set the Bucs up in Redskins territory. Winston found Evans for the first touchdown of the game on the next play. Martin kept running strong throughout the entire game, recording his longest run, a beautiful 49 yard scamper, on the team's last offensive drive of the game. Martin took the handoff up the middle, cut outside to the right when most of the defense overpursued to the left, and shot toward the end zone. He was tackled inside the 5 yard line, and was stopped just inches short of the end zone on his two ensuing rush attempts. Sims got the 3rd down carry from the 1 and failed to convert. Martin continued to contribute in the passing game as well, catching three targets for 35 yards. He nearly scored on his first reception of the day, a halfback out route from the backfield during the first quarter, but he was corralled by multiple defenders inside the 5 yard line. Martin caught his second target on a short out while lined up as a slot receiver during the team's third drive. His third was a dumpoff pass out of the backfield for a minimal gain. Martin is running as hard as anyone in the league right now, and has speed to break loose once he gets to the outside. He has a nifty arsenal of moves to accompany his punishing running style, and seems to have carved out a small but steady role in the passing game as well. His solid production should continue behind a young QB and offensive line that keeps improving.

2015 Week 5 vs JAX (24 / 123 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec)

Martin ran patiently, taking what he could get and enduring some runs that got stuffed at the line of scrimmage while he waited for holes to open up. When the Bucs O-line did open up some room to run, Martin took full advantage, showing speed and power as he gashed them for chunks of yards. Martin regularly broke tackles and gained yards after contact, always falling forward. He also showed some really nifty footwork as he constantly bounced runs to the outside to pick up extra yardage. Martin ripped off his longest run of the game during the first Tampa Bay drive of the second quarter. Martin took the handoff, bounced outside of a pile of bodies at the line of scrimmage, and spun away from an arm tackle as he raced up the sideline for 39 yards. He got his first rushing touchdown of the game near the end of the second quarter. The Bucs intercepted Blake Bortles and drove deep into Jacksonville territory as Jameis Winston hit Mike Evans with a deep ball down inside the 5 yard line. The Bucs sent Doug Martin and fullback Javorskie Lane in, and Martin scored two runs later on a power run to the right, with Lane leading the way. Martin punched in his final rushing touchdown from the 2 yard line in the fourth quarter, after Brandon Myers drew a pass interference flag in the end zone and Charles Sims failed to punch in the short run. Overall, Martin piled up 123 yards on 24 attempts on the ground. Martin got involved in the passing game early, catching his first target of the day during the Bucs third drive of the first quarter for a first down pickup. Martin's second reception was his first touchdown of the game. After Bobby Rainey returned a punt to the Jacksonville 20 yard line in the second quarter, Martin took over, carrying the ball twice for decent gains and then catching a short outlet pass out of the backfield after faking the handoff on 3rd and 3. Martin took off up the middle and dove into the end zone for the team's first score of the day. Martin's third reception was a short out route out of the backfield during the Bucs first 3rd-quarter drive. Martin added 35 yards receiving and a touchdown to his impressive rushing total for the day.

2015 Week 4 vs CAR (20 / 106 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)

Martin finally eclipsed the century mark in rushing, and more importantly, found the end zone. He was featured prominently from the beginning of the game, and was spelled occasionally by Charles Sims. Martin consistently collected yards after contact, dragging tacklers and always falling forward. Martin ran hard for the duration of the game, and didn't seem to tire. He ripped off a 26 yard run, his longest of the day, near the end of the 3rd quarter, and quickly followed it with another 18 yarder. Counting those two carries, Martin gashed the Panthers for 3 runs of nearly 20 yards each on this drive. Martin converted 2 third downs and a 4th down on the ground in week 4, and picked up another 3rd down conversion on a short reception. Martin scored on a short run late in the second quarter from the Panthers' six yard line. Martin took the ball up the middle, made one decisive cut, and careened off a couple of weak tackling attempts to score. Martin finally saw some use in the passing game, securing all 5 targets for 37 yards. Martin's targets were simple dumpoffs and out-routes out of the backfield. Charles Sims always seems to be featured when the Bucs call fancier screen or motion passing plays to the running back.

2015 Week 3 vs HOU (14 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Martin was bottled up by the Houston front 7 all day. Houston consistently made first contact with Martin in the backfield, and he oftentimes had to make defenders miss just to get back to the line of scrimmage. Martin did have a few nice runs, including a long of 18 yards in the 3rd quarter, but his per-carry average was hurt by a lot of negative rushing attempts. Martin was not targeted in the passing game. As the game progressed and the Bucs struggled to move the ball, Martin lost snaps to Charles Sims as they attempted more passes than runs. Sims was effective as a receiver, and should continue to vulture some opportunities from Martin. It was another slow day on the ground, but the Tampa Bay run game should have easier matchups ahead.

2015 Week 2 vs NO (21 / 78 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Martin showed good speed, turning the corner on several runs and leaving 1st and 2nd level defenders in the dust. He got stuffed on his few goal line attempts. He recorded two receptions for 20 yards, and had another long third down conversion negated, after backup center Hawley drew a tripping penalty on Martin's 20 yard halfback screen reception in the third quarter. The Saints defense stiffened up in the second half, and Martin was stuffed a lot in the 4th quarter as the Bucs attempted to grind the clock out and finish the game. This killed his per-carry average. Martin committed an egregious error when he fumbled the ball away late in the 4th quarter. Martin just never seemed to get a handle on the handoff and lost the ball to the Saints. New Orleans scored shortly after but missed the extra point, making the game 23-19 at the time. The Bucs were able to hold the Saints off, though, and Martin wasn't pulled from the game after the fumble, so all is well. Martin was spelled occasionally by Charles Sims, who ran well and caught a few halfback screens.

2015 Week 1 vs TEN (11 / 52 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Martin started the game out running strong, picking up several big gains in the first half, including a nifty cutback run in the third series, where a block from Jameis helped spring him. He had good gains on inside runs and pitch plays alike, but early turnovers by Winston and solid play from Tennessee's offense forced Tampa Bay into an early deficit, leading to a game script that dictated mostly pass plays from the Tampa offense. Martin looked solid, running hard and breaking tackles, but it's fair to wonder if the Tampa Bay offense won't be playing from behind like this for most of the season.

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Latest News

Buccaneers | Doug Martin wants to stay in Tampa Bay (Thu Feb 4, 09:37 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin said he wants to sign a new deal to stay with the team but would also play if he is given the franchise tag.

Our View: Martin had a bounce-back season in 2015 after two seasons set back by injury and inconsistency. We have a feeling the Bucs keep him around in 2016 and beyond. He'll be a key cog (again) in Dirk Koetter's offense.
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Buccaneers | TB talking extension with Doug Martin (Wed Jan 27, 10:05 PM) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and RB Doug Martin's representatives have started discussing a contract extension. Martin, who is slated to be a free agent in 2016, finished second for the league rushing title behind Adrian Peterson. He also scored six touchdowns. If the team cannot work out an extension they do not plan on using the franchise tag on him.

Our View: Martin had a bounce-back year in 2015 after two seasons of disappointment. He can be the workhorse for the Bucs offense, and his play helps establish the offense. In four years, Martin has finished as the 3rd-best fantasy running back twice (2012, 2015). So long as he's healthy, Martin is a proven top-5 player for fantasy owners.
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