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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 (Wed Jan 17): has "no chance" of being on Tampa Bay's roster next season, in the opinion of the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud.

General News (Tue Jan 16): failed to rush for even 500 yards for the fourth time in five years. General manager Jason Licht attributed Martin's most recent disappointing season to his season-opening suspension and the idea he wasn't able to reach the form he showed in the preseason after returning from his three-game absence.

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Recent Stats and Projections

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16 at CAR 17 6 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.7
17 vs NO 4 3 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.3

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 17 vs NO (3 / -3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Martin continued to take a backseat to Peyton Barber, logging just 3 carries for a loss of 3 yards. He did not start and saw his few snaps in the first half. Martin was not targeted in the passing game.

2017 Week 16 vs CAR (6 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Martin entered the game in the 2nd quarter behind Barber and Rodgers. He saw limited snaps and was unable to do anything with his 6 carries. Martin was not targeted in the passing game.

2017 Week 14 vs DET (10 / 26 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Martin got the start but appeared to be benched after a late 2nd quarter fumble. He leaked out of the backfield and caught a short pass in the 1st quarter, taking it down inside the Detroit 5 yard line, then scored on a one yard plunge two plays later. Martin picked up another nice gain in the 2nd quarter on a halfback screen. Martin lost a fumble while trying to turn the left corner on a late 2nd quarter run, and did not see the field in the second half. Martin's 2.6 ypc average(10 carries) was considerably lower than Barber's 4.8(12 carries).

2017 Week 12 vs ATL (7 / 33 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Martin had several carries for 5 or more yards on Tampa's first offensive drive of the game, racking up 33 yards on 7 carries before leaving in the 2nd quarter with a concussion. RB's Rodgers(8 carries) and Barber(5 carries, 2 TD's) shared the load in Martin's absence, with Sims sticking to his usual pass-down work. Martin had a 9 yard gain on a reception out of the backfield negated by an offensive holding penalty.

2017 Week 11 vs MIA (19 / 38 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Martin averaged a miserable 2 yards per carry as Tampa's run game continues to be completely ineffective. Martin burst up the middle for a 13 yard run in the 1st quarter, his longest gain of the day. He did dominate the touches with 19 carries compared to one each for Rodgers and Sims. LB Kiko Alonso sniffed out a screen pass to Martin late in the 1st quarter, hitting the running back as he was securing the ball behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 3 yards. Martin had a huge gain on another screen pass that was called back for a block in the back late in the 2nd quarter.

2017 Week 10 vs NYJ (20 / 51 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Martin got the start but was mostly bottled up by the Patriots front seven. The Bucs ran a lot on first down, constantly finding themselves in 3rd down situations that Fitzpatrick had to throw his way out of. Martin had a 15 yard run negated by a holding penalty on the opposite side of the line in the 3rd quarter. He was targeted twice out of the backfield but could not secure a catch. Jacquizz Rodgers spelled Martin for a couple of brief drives, and Charles Sims handled 3rd down work.

2017 Week 9 vs NO (8 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Martin drew the start, but was inexplicably pulled for Peyton Barber, who got all the remaining carries in the 1st half after Martin's first two series as feature back. Tampa Bay did the same thing in the 2nd half, featuring Martin on the first series with backup QB Fitzpatrick then pulling him in favor of Barber for the remaining half. Martin finished 3 carries short of Barber's total with less than a yard per carry.

2017 Week 8 vs CAR (18 / 71 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Martin ran hard against a stout Carolina front seven, but the offenses' inability to convert even short 3rd down situations limited Martin's opportunities. His longest run was a 17 yard gain off left tackle early in the 3rd quarter. Martin hauled in a short crossing route late in the 3rd quarter. He dropped his second target as Thomas Davis smacked him right after the ball hit his hands.

2017 Week 7 vs BUF (20 / 49 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

Martin struggled to break any decent runs against a stout Buffalo front 7, but he did enough to keep the play action passing game going as Tampa Bay kept grinding carries out consistently through 4 quarters. Martin has clearly relegated Jacquizz Rodgers (2 touches) to a backup role, though Charles Sims keeps siphoning off the work in the passing game. Martin hauled in an out route out of the backfield for a 15 yard gain late in the 1st quarter. Winston found him wide open for an easy checkdown and run that picked up 17 yards in the 3rd quarter.

2017 Week 6 vs ARI (14 / 53 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Tampa Bay fell behind early and had to start throwing the ball, limiting Martin's touches, but he did punch in a late touchdown to save the day for fantasy owners. Lined up deep in the backfield in a single back formation with 2 tight ends, Martin followed a couple of pulling blockers off right tackle and broke the run down the sideline for a 27 yard gain in the 3rd quarter, his longest of the game. Martin took a handoff up the middle on 3rd and 1 late in the 3rd for a nice gain of 12, but the play was negated by a holding penalty. Martin punched in a 2-point conversion on an inside handoff in the 4th quarter, then a short 1 yard touchdown on the next drive. Martin leaked out of the backfield and caught a quick pass for 11 yards in the waning second of the 1st half. Martin was targeted with another pass on the goal line on the next play, but couldn't haul it in. Martin lost snaps to Sims and Rodgers on passing downs, but still kept the defense honest enough to allow Ryan Fitzpatrick some success with play action.

2017 Week 5 vs NE (13 / 74 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Martin made his 2017 debut on Tampa Bay's second drive of the game, picking up 7 yards on his first carry and then missing a high pass from Winston a couple plays later. Martin heated up quickly, peeling off consecutive runs of 11 and 12 yards on the next offensive drive. He carried the ball again for 9 yards on the same drive, and capped it off with an 11 yard touchdown run that was overturned after an official review determined he was down inside the 1 yard line. Martin took the next snap and dove over the top of the pile for his first official touchdown of the season. Tampa Bay fell behind early and were forced to pass the ball more as time ticked away, limiting Martin's touches despite his 5.7 ypc average. Martin caught a short pass in the 3rd and bounced off a tackle before weaving between a couple more defenders for extra yardage. Martin's two other targets were both out routes that Winston threw too high for the short running back to secure.

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Latest News

Buccaneers | Doug Martin not returning? (Wed Jan 17, 02:21 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has 'no chance' of being on Tampa Bay's roster next season, in the opinion of the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud.

Our View: Martin probably shouldn't have been on the roster this year. The team paid him over five million non-guaranteed dollars despite being unavailable for the first three games. Even with the endorsement of the team, he was the same unexciting back that he had been recently, and Martin was outperformed by Peyton Barber down the stretch. Martin will have to fight to be a backup next year.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin 'wasn't ever the same' in 2017 (Tue Jan 16, 12:16 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin failed to rush for even 500 yards for the fourth time in five years. General manager Jason Licht attributed Martin's most recent disappointing season to his season-opening suspension and the idea he wasn't able to reach the form he showed in the preseason after returning from his three-game absence.

Our View: Martin is set to count $6.75 million against the cap in 2018, but with zero remaining in dead money we won't see him back with the team. Entering free agency with so many question marks, we can't see a ton of teams lined up for the veteran back. The fact that it's a very strong draft class at running back this year doesn't bode well for Martin either.
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