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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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Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy. This means he will miss Week 17 of the 2016 season, as well as Weeks 1-3 of the 2017 season.

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2016 Week 15 vs DAL (16 / 42 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Martin struggled against the stout Dallas front 7, managing only 42 yards on 16 carries as the Tampa Bay offensive line gave a putrid performance. Charles Sims got all the passing game targets in the backfield, leaving Martin with a slow fantasy day.

2016 Week 14 vs NO (23 / 66 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Martin led the Tampa Bay ground attack as they returned to their early season format of pounding the ball with Martin and mixing Charles Sims in on passing downs. Jacquizz Rodgers took a very limited backup role to Martin, who was used throughout the game, including the final clock-chewing drive in the 4th quarter. Martin's rushing average wouldn't have been quite so poor if he hadn't been employed in this clock killing role late in the game, where the Saints were selling out to stop the run and get the ball back for one more possession. Martin dove into the endzone on a nice second effort from the 1 yard line at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. After two pass interference penalties in the end zone gave him multiple attempts from the 1 yard line, Martin managed to break a tackle deep in the backfield and dive over the goal line.Martin was tackled at in the end zone for a safety late in the 2nd quarter. Kick returner Josh Huff put the team in a terrible spot when he touched a kickoff that was on its way out of bounds at the half yard line of the Bucs. The ball was downed inches from the end zone. Tampa Bay attempted to run Martin up the middle to get some breathing room and he appeared to have it, but officials ruled the play a safety. Martin secured both of his targets, the first an 8 yard gain out of the backfield in the 3rd quarter on a leaping grab. His second catch was a dumpoff out of the backfield on 3rd and 22 that picked up 11.

2016 Week 13 vs SD (17 / 45 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Martin and the Tampa Bay offensive line struggled on the ground as Martin was consistently hit in the Tampa Bay backfield, managing 45 yards on 17 carries. Martin's longest run of the day was only 15 yards in the 1st, but it really showcased his power and low center of gravity as he powered up the middle through several tacklers. Martin scored at the end of the 1st quarter on a great 2nd effort play at the goal line. He hit a wall of defenders at the line of scrimmage, but continued churning up the middle where he stretched the ball over the goal line for a 3 yard score. Martin had 1 reception early in the 3rd, drifting out of the backfield and catching a checkdown pass from Winston for a 23 yard gain.

2016 Week 12 vs SEA (23 / 87 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Martin gashed the Seahawks with a handful of runs for 5 or more yards on the Bucs' opening drive that ended in a Mike Evans touchdown catch. After the opening drive, the Seahawks seemed to tighten up and the going got tougher for Martin in the run game. Still, he managed 87 yards on 23 carries for the day. Martin was chewing clock and killing the Seahawks with several 1st down conversions on a 4th quarter drive when he fumbled and lost the ball on a carry up the middle. He finished the day with 2 catches on 3 targets for just 3 yards total.

2016 Week 11 vs KC (24 / 63 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)

Martin had a slow day of it on the ground. The volume was there(24 carries) but Martin only totaled 63 yards against a strong effort by the Chiefs front 7. Martin got the majority of the work in the backfield with Peyton Barber only logging 4 carries and Mike James 1. Martin did have a couple of nice gains in the passing game.Martin faked a handoff on a play-action pass in the 2nd quarter, then leaked out into the flat and caught the ball as Winston's final checkdown after no one got open down the field. Martin took the ball back towards the middle of the field and dodged several tackles on his way to a 27 yard gain. Martin had another nice gain on a designed halfback screen during the beginning of the 3rd quarter. Martin ran the ball down to the Kansas City 2 yard line late in the 4th, but saw the touchdown vultured two plays later by Alan Cross.

2016 Week 10 vs CHI (16 / 33 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Martin returned to the starting lineup for the first time in weeks, but the Tampa Bay running game struggled against a somewhat surprising effort from the Chicago defense. Martin only managed 33 yards on 16 carries, but saved his day somewhat with a garbage time touchdown. Martin got 3 consecutive carries on the 1 yard line late in the 4th quarter, and finally managed to punch the ball in on 3rd and 1 with Gerald McCoy lead blocking from the fullback position. Martin secured 1 of 2 targets for 12 yards.

2016 Week 2 vs ARI (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Martin started the day out with some hard running against a tough Arizona front 7, but tweaked his hamstring in the 2nd quarter and left the game after carrying the ball 7 times for 23 yards. He was never targeted in the passing game. Charles Sims took over in the backfield after Martin went down, being spelled occasionally by newly signed Jacquizz Rogers. Details about Martin's availability for next week are still murky.

2016 Week 1 vs ATL (18 / 62 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)

Martin was his usual hard-running self, but struggled to pile up yardage, as the Atlanta defense did a good job of hitting him behind the line of scrimmage before he could ever get his momentum going. Martin did have some strong runs for decent gains, but his per-carry average dwindled because of several runs for negative yardage as he was continually harried in the backfield. Martin's ripped off his longest run, 17 yards, midway through the 3rd quarter. He trucked a couple of defenders and showed a nice spin move as he plowed up the middle on the carry. Mike Evans scored his deep touchdown reception two plays later. Martin did have a busy day as a pass catcher, starting in the first quarter with a quick reception out of the backfield that failed to convert a long 3rd down on Tampa Bay's second drive of the day. Martin seems to have taken a page from Charles Sims' book, as he did a great job of getting open as an outlet for Winston when the QB was pressured and scrambling. Martin had a nice reception for first down yardage on Tampa Bay's first drive of the 2nd quarter. Winston got hit and wrapped up, and was going down, but Martin drifted out into an open area in the flat to bail him out. Martin turned the pass upfield for a first down and some change. Martin caught the ball again on the very next play for another nice gain out of the backfield.

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Buccaneers | Doug Martin still in Bucs' plans? (Thu Feb 16, 01:23 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was expected to be released or traded before the 2017 NFL season, but the front office may be willing to keep Martin around and 'play the situation out,' according to Roy Cummings, of FloridaFootballInsiders.com. Martin is suspended the first three games of 2017 and will not cost the team any money if he is indeed released.

Our View: The Bucs will play this close to the vest in case they can trade him. Even if they want to cut him, they won't say it. That said, cutting him or trading him are real possibilities and so expect them to show interest in some free agents this offseason, and draft prospects this April. We think Martin could have a lot of value elsewhere, but being out for three weeks will reduce any fantasy value considerably.
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