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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): Martin had a breakout game on an afternoon when his team was behind all day. He has been running well all year, but a split with Charles Sims will keep his weekly floor low, and this is the first week he has approached his weekly ceiling. Next week should be a good game to start Martin against Jacksonville, and the schedule isn't getting much tougher.

Week 5: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

All RB vs JAX

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs TEN 29 11 52 0 1 1 2 0 0 5.4
2 at NO 39 21 78 0 2 2 20 0 1 8.8
3 at HOU 31 14 46 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.6
4 vs CAR 38 20 106 1 5 5 37 0 0 20.3
5 vs JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Doug Martin tops 100 yards (Sun Oct 4, 07:59 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin had 20 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 37 yards in a 37-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 4.

Our View: Martin was able to break out even though it was a long day for the Bucs offense. He should be featured against the Jaguars next week and give you a solid RB2 play.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin will be in uniform (Sun Oct 4, 10:26 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee, quadriceps) will be able to play in the Week 4 game against the Carolina Panthers, according to a source.

Our View: Martin is ceding enough touches to Charles Sims in a lackluster running game to make him a flex play at best against Houston.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin ready to play (Sat Oct 3, 01:42 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee, quadriceps) said he feels good and is ready to play Sunday, Oct. 4, against the Carolina Panthers.

Our View: He's a low-end RB2 this week against a tough Panthers defense. Martin said he nicked his knee in practice Thursday, Oct. 2, but that he'll be perfect for the Week 4 contest.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin listed as questionable (Fri Oct 2, 05:47 PM) - Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee, quadriceps) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 2, and is listed as questionable for the Week 4 game against the Carolina Panthers.

Our View: Martin is still looking sharper than last year, but this line and offense isn't going to give him opportunities for big games while he's sharing with Charles Sims.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin returns Friday (Fri Oct 2, 12:09 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee, quadriceps) returned to practice Friday, Oct. 2.

Our View: Martin should play this week against Carolina, but he's in closer to a 50/50 split every week with Charles Sims, and the Bucs offense isn't that productive. He's just bench depth until he or the team get hot.
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