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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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News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 27): Martin suffered an ankle injury of unspecified severity on Sunday, but was forced out of the game - he'll be evaluated further on Monday.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Martin's hurt with an ankle injury, and the back this new regime drafted to at least share with him is getting healthy. He's droppable in short bench leagues, and maybe more.

General News (Wed Oct 29): was in a walking boot and not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.

General News (Tue Oct 28): The Buccaneers were fielding offers for Doug Martin and were more likely to deal him than Vincent Jackson, according to sources. Teams had approached the team about Martin, who could be had at the right price. He was believed to be expendable with Charles Sims eligible to come off the injured-reserve designated-to-return list. Martin, however, was not traded before Tuesday's deadline and remains a Buccaneer.

Week 9: at Cleveland Browns

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Doug Martin era in Tampa may be over soon as he is posting anemic numbers week after week (most recently, 10/27/0 rushing with 2/-1/0 receiving vs. Minnesota), and though there was speculation that Martin might be traded on Tuesday, October 28, he stuck with the team (while S Mark Barron and LB Jonathan Casillas were both shipped off, to St. Louis and New England, respectively). Charles Sims returns from injury this week and will have a big role in the rushing attack, although he was originally considered more of a third-down, receiving-back sort of player. In short, the Buccaneers have gone into full rebuilding mode at 1-6. They will be evaluating all kinds of players on their roster with an eye to next year/going forwards. That means that under-performing players (like Martin) will get little regard on this losing team. Meanwhile, the Browns are in the thick of the AFC North fight and despite averaging 143.4 rushing yards allowed per game (30th in the NFL), with seven rush TDs given up to date. They coughed up 35/182/2 in Jacksonville two weeks ago, but bounced back to hold the perennially anemic Darren McFadden-led Raiders' attack to 3.2 yards per carry (22/71/0 rushing as a team). Usually teams are able to get well above 100 yards rushing against the Browns, but the Raiders are an especially bad basket case in this phase of the game. Sims and company have a good matchup to work with here, but realize that the Tampa roster is in transition and there are no guarantees about who will get the most touches in Sims' first week back in the mix.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at NO 14 45 0 5 3 29 0 0
6 vs BAL 11 45 0 2 1 3 0 0
8 vs MIN 10 27 0 2 2 -1 0 0
9 at CLE PROJ-Dodds 13 * * 1 * * *
9 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay 6 * * 1 * * *
9 at CLE PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs BAL (11 / 45 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

The running game was phased out due to game flow. The Bucs' were down five touchdowns early in the second quarter, so Glennon had to drop back and sling it rather than Doug Martin getting a heavy dose of carries. Martin was fairly efficient, receiving 12 touches and earning 4.0 yards per touch, a higher average than he has boasted previously this season. His biggest gain came in the middle of the third quarter backed up against his own goalline. The Bucs lined up in a single back set, but motioned Brandon Myers from his TE spot into the backfield as a fullback. Martin took the handoff and patiently waited for a hole to open up, he shot through a hole off-tackle and cut the ball back toward the middle of the field, pinballing off defenders for a 19-yard gain. The Ravens lined up with three down lineman playing very close to the A-gap with an outside linebacker lined up over the tight end, leaving a gaping hole in B and C gap at the snap. Martin smartly exploited that vacated area for a monster gain. Unfortunately for Martin, that was pretty much the only chunk play he had on the day as he averaged under 3 yards per touch if you remove that long run. Unfortunately for Martin, he wasn't utilized as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, something that may have been useful to provide a check down for Glennon. In the end, Martin couldn't establish a rhythm because Ravens jumped on the Bucs from the get-go which resulted in numerous pass attempts.

2014 Week 8 vs MIN (10 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)

The largest news of the day for Doug Martin is that he left in the 3rd quarter with an ankle injury, never to return to the field. It looked as though the Buccaneers were trying to showcase him when he was on the field, however. He had twelve touches (10 carries, 2 receptions) in limited action. He was on pace for about 20 to 22 touches before leaving the game. The Buccaneers attempted to establish Martin early, giving him 7 carries on their first two drives. Martin was largely ineffective on the day, however. He didn't display the burst we normally saw during his rookie season. For instance on the play he was injured on in the third quarter, Martin ran a stretch play and should have cut it back through a hole that could have netted him a solid gain. but instead he hesitated too long and ran smack into the Vikings defensive line. Martin was not the only problem, though. The Buccaneers offensive line continually got pushed back. At the snap of virtually every play, it seemed as though the line of scrimmage immediately shifted three yards into the backfield which made it very difficult for Martin to find room. The also attempted to involve him in the screen game. They ran a designed screen that got blown up by Vikings' defensive tackle in the backfield, but they did make a concerted effort to get Martin heavily involved before injury


Latest News

Buccaneers | Doug Martin in a boot (Wed Oct 29, 02:43 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) was in a walking boot and is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Our View: It's Charles Sims time! err...maybe....and if he is active for the first time this year, the rookie is going to be splitting time with Bobby Rainey.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson stay (Tue Oct 28, 04:10 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin and WR Vincent Jackson were not traded as the NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday, Oct. 28, despite several rumors leading up to the deadline.

Our View: Martin was damaged goods as he's been banged up since his fantastic rookie season in 2012. Jackson is a seasoned veteran, but the Bucs weren't able to move him before the trade deadline.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin considered expendable (Sun Oct 26, 10:22 PM) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are fielding offers for RB Doug Martin, and are more likely to deal him than WR Vincent Jackson, according to sources. Teams have approached the team about Martin, who could be had at the right price. He is believed to be expendable with RB Charles Sims eligible to come off the injured-reserve designated-to-return list.

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Buccaneers | Doug Martin injures ankle (Sun Oct 26, 03:15 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in Week 8 and is considered questionable to return.

Our View: Martin was supposedly on the trade block, but this will throw a monkeywrench into the Bucs plans to trade him. Rookie Charles Sims should get a long look in the backfield when he is ready, but it is still the Bucs offense, so don't get too excited.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin attracting interest (Sun Oct 26, 10:39 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is a player opposing teams have inquired about.

Our View: The new regime has nothing invested in Martin and might prefer rookie Charles Sims once he is healthy enough to play - maybe even next week. Martin could help a team like New England, Buffalo, or Miami who already lost a key part of their backfield this year.
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