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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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Week 8: vs Minnesota Vikings

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Recent Stats and Projections

4 at PIT 14 40 1 2 2 16 0 0
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 PROJ-Tremblay 14 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NO (14 / 45 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Martin received 17 touches in Sunday's tilt with the Saints. Martin only averaged 3.2 yards per carry. He was not very effective on the ground. The Buccaneers have struggled to run block for most of the season. When Martin received his handoffs on Sunday, there was either no hole, or a penetrating defender meeting him in the backfield. Judging by the tape, it's impressive he even netted the YPC that he did with the poor blocking he received. He did manage a 16-yard scamper on the last play in regulation. The Bucs lined up to simply run out the clock and take the game to overtime, but Martin had other plans. He ripped a run off up the middle of a crowded line of scrimmage and was dragged down by the last man to beat. It is conceivable that he could have made one last man miss and won the game on a 90-yard run. Martin played a role in the passing game, catching a few passes. The best of which was a check down from Mike Glennon over the middle in which he stiff-armed a linebacker who looked to have him in his grasp. Martin plowed his way for a 20-yard gain. Overall, he received eight more touches that Bobby Rainey, although Rainey did get a red zone carry that led to a score. It seemed as though the Bucs tried to make the time share a little more balanced between Martin and Rainey, rather than Martin dominating touches like last week.

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.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Doug Martin expects big game soon (Sat Oct 11, 11:22 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin said he believes the team's running attack is close to having a breakout game. 'Yeah, there's been times where it's definitely been close,' Martin said. 'These guys work hard. They work their butts off in practice. Everyone [holds] each other accountable for this. We're going to get it going and I can't wait until it happens. [I'll] Just continue what I do just run the ball hard, follow my keys and just keep going hard like I do.'

Our View: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. It hasn't happened yet and this team isn't exactly performing well on a week to week basis. Martin is a low-end RB2 or solid RB3 until he shows he can perform at the level you'd expected when you drafted him. Start him with lower expectations until then and then anything above that bar is icing on the cake.
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Buccaneers | Bucs have faith in Doug Martin (Wed Oct 8, 04:30 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry this year, but quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who is acting as the interim play-caller, is happy with the play of Martin. 'I like the things Doug has done,' Arroyo said. 'Our run game has to improve, obviously, overall. We believe that as a staff that starts with us. I think wholeheartedly we need to continue to find out what exactly it takes to get us back on track in the run game. There's going to be some finer points, detail and those things execution-wise.' Arroyo doesn't mind giving RB Bobby Rainey carries, but he believes that Martin is still the team's leading running back.

Our View: Martin just doesn't look the same as he did as a rookie phenom in 2012. We'll see if the team's faith will be rewarded by Martin in the near future.
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