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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 Nov 30): At the current rate, 100 yards looks like Martin's floor. Long runs are becoming a regular thing with him, and this week he gets the Atlanta defense that Adrian Peterson ran over in Week 12.

Week 13: vs Atlanta Falcons

All RB vs ATL

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs NYG 31 11 31 0 4 2 12 0 1 3.3
10 vs DAL 45 18 63 0 4 4 40 0 0 10.3
11 at PHI 50 27 235 0 1 0 0 0 0 23.5
12 at IND 37 14 97 0 3 1 1 0 0 9.8
13 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 19 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs PHI (27 / 235 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was very nearly a career day for Martin, who exploded for 235 yards on 27 carries. He bested this total his rookie year when he rushed for 251 yards against Oakland. Tampa Bay's offensive line was able to generate a strong push in the run game, consistently getting Martin to the second level untouched. Martin's speed was on display during several long runs, and he also showed incredibly nimble feet, constantly dancing and making defenders miss at and past the line of scrimmage. His strength was evident as he broke several tackles and dished out a nasty stiff arm on some runs. It took multiple defenders to bring Martin down every time, and he was only brought down behind the line of scrimmage once or twice throughout the course of the game. Martin broke his first big run in the first quarter, taking a pitch left in a 2TE set for 58 yards to the Philadelphia 8 yard line. Set the franchise record for longest rush with an 84 yard romp in the 2nd quarter. Martin took the handoff up the middle and shook one unblocked defender out of his shoes before exploding through to the secondary, aided by some solid downfield blocking. Martin was able to ward off Philadelphia cornerback Nolan Carrol's downfield tackle attempts with a mean stiff arm, but he was eventually shoved out of bounds at the 1 yard line. Martin continued gashing the Philadelphia defense in the 4th quarter, taking the first play of the quarter off left guard for 27 yards. Martin's rushing allowed Tampa Bay to sustain drives and chew up clock. He did not contribute anything in the passing game, missing his lone target of the day.

2015 Week 10 vs DAL (18 / 63 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

There simply wasn't anything there for Martin in the run game in week 10, as the Tampa Bay offensive line struggled generating lanes to run in and protecting Winston. Martin did manage to pick up a few first downs on the ground. He recorded his longest run of the day late in the first quarter, tearing right up the middle on 3rd and 1 for an 18 yard gain. Martin did have a pretty busy day as a receiver, catching 4 of 4 targets out of the backfield for 40 yards. He had a nice catch-and-run for 12 to convert 2nd and 8 to start out the 4th quarter. Martin recorded his longest reception of the day on the next play, as the Bucs executed a halfback screen perfectly against the Dallas blitz. Martin took the screen down the left sideline, bulling his way to 25 yards. Martin later picked up another 1st down on the ground during the same drive.

2015 Week 9 vs NYG (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Martin led the team in carries, but was bottled up by the Giants front 7 on his way to a frustrating day. He lost a fumble early in the second quarter, setting the Giants up deep in Tampa Bay territory. Charles Sims took over as the feature back in the offensive drive that followed, and Martin wasn't seen again until the third quarter, losing several drives to Sims, who fumbled later in the game also. Martin was targeted once in the end zone as Jameis Winston scrambled around and tried to improvise on 3rd and 8 from the Giants 10, during the second quarter. The pass fell short of Martin, who was closely covered. Martin recorded his first catch in the third quarter's opening drive for a short gain on a halfback screen pass. Martin secured his 2nd catch of the day on a similar screen pass later in the third quarter, and had a brutal drop later in the third quarter on a halfback wheel route that would have gone for 20+ yards.

2015 Week 8 vs ATL (23 / 71 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Martin cooled off a bit after breaking the 100-yard rushing mark in his three last games. He posted a decent 71 yards on 23 carries. The Atlanta defense was stingy against the run and bottled the Bucs rushing attack up for the most part. Martin recorded his longest run of 18 yards during the Bucs' first offensive drive of the game, taking the handoff off right tackle and bursting into the secondary before making first contact with the defenders. Martin had a nice 19 yard rush in called back in the third quarter because of a penalty. Martin chipped in 1 reception on 1 target for 7 yards to convert a 3rd down.

2015 Week 7 vs WAS (19 / 136 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Martin topped the 100 yard mark for the third week in a row, turning in another solid performance for fantasy owners. The Tampa Bay offensive line was able to generate some big running lanes, and Martin made plenty of would-be tacklers miss as he regularly gashed the Washington defense for carries of 10+ yards. Martin ran with a low center of gravity and punished anyone attempting to tackle him one on one, always falling forward. He also displayed a nifty spin move several times and had a few nice cutback runs. He got things started early on the Bucs first drive. After gaining 1 on his first carry of the game, Martin took the 2 and 9 stretch play to the right for 23 yards, bouncing off tacklers to set the Bucs up in Redskins territory. Winston found Evans for the first touchdown of the game on the next play. Martin kept running strong throughout the entire game, recording his longest run, a beautiful 49 yard scamper, on the team's last offensive drive of the game. Martin took the handoff up the middle, cut outside to the right when most of the defense overpursued to the left, and shot toward the end zone. He was tackled inside the 5 yard line, and was stopped just inches short of the end zone on his two ensuing rush attempts. Sims got the 3rd down carry from the 1 and failed to convert. Martin continued to contribute in the passing game as well, catching three targets for 35 yards. He nearly scored on his first reception of the day, a halfback out route from the backfield during the first quarter, but he was corralled by multiple defenders inside the 5 yard line. Martin caught his second target on a short out while lined up as a slot receiver during the team's third drive. His third was a dumpoff pass out of the backfield for a minimal gain. Martin is running as hard as anyone in the league right now, and has speed to break loose once he gets to the outside. He has a nifty arsenal of moves to accompany his punishing running style, and seems to have carved out a small but steady role in the passing game as well. His solid production should continue behind a young QB and offensive line that keeps improving.

2015 Week 5 vs JAX (24 / 123 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec)

Martin ran patiently, taking what he could get and enduring some runs that got stuffed at the line of scrimmage while he waited for holes to open up. When the Bucs O-line did open up some room to run, Martin took full advantage, showing speed and power as he gashed them for chunks of yards. Martin regularly broke tackles and gained yards after contact, always falling forward. He also showed some really nifty footwork as he constantly bounced runs to the outside to pick up extra yardage. Martin ripped off his longest run of the game during the first Tampa Bay drive of the second quarter. Martin took the handoff, bounced outside of a pile of bodies at the line of scrimmage, and spun away from an arm tackle as he raced up the sideline for 39 yards. He got his first rushing touchdown of the game near the end of the second quarter. The Bucs intercepted Blake Bortles and drove deep into Jacksonville territory as Jameis Winston hit Mike Evans with a deep ball down inside the 5 yard line. The Bucs sent Doug Martin and fullback Javorskie Lane in, and Martin scored two runs later on a power run to the right, with Lane leading the way. Martin punched in his final rushing touchdown from the 2 yard line in the fourth quarter, after Brandon Myers drew a pass interference flag in the end zone and Charles Sims failed to punch in the short run. Overall, Martin piled up 123 yards on 24 attempts on the ground. Martin got involved in the passing game early, catching his first target of the day during the Bucs third drive of the first quarter for a first down pickup. Martin's second reception was his first touchdown of the game. After Bobby Rainey returned a punt to the Jacksonville 20 yard line in the second quarter, Martin took over, carrying the ball twice for decent gains and then catching a short outlet pass out of the backfield after faking the handoff on 3rd and 3. Martin took off up the middle and dove into the end zone for the team's first score of the day. Martin's third reception was a short out route out of the backfield during the Bucs first 3rd-quarter drive. Martin added 35 yards receiving and a touchdown to his impressive rushing total for the day.

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 reaches 1,000-yard mark (Sun Nov 29, 05:54 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin ran 14 times for 97 yards and eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau Sunday, Nov. 29, in a 25-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Our View: Martin didn't get a chance to pile up another big game because the Bucs trailed down the stretch, but he has proven his everyweek RB1 status. He'll face a Falcons defense that Adrian Peterson and the Vikings just ran over.
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Buccaneers | Tampa wants Doug Martin to return (Mon Nov 23, 06:40 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is a player the team wants to re-sign this offseason even though they declined to pick up the fifth-year option in his contract. Martin currently ranks second in the NFL with 941 rushing yards.

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Buccaneers | Doug Martin in rare company (Sun Nov 22, 08:43 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin had 27 carries for 235 yards in a 45-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11, becoming the third player since the merger to have two career games of at least 235 rushing yards.

Our View: Martin quickly got behind the defense twice in the first half, but this was only the second highest rushing yardage total of his career, after 251 against Oakland in his rookie year. Next week he gets the Colts defense that shut down Tevin Coleman today.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin has great first half (Sun Nov 22, 02:38 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushed for 177 yards on 12 carries in the first half of Tampa Bay's Week 11 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 22.

Our View: Martin has broken away from the defense twice and generally has been successful on his touches. Jameis Winston is finishing drives with four scores in the first half, but Martin has outgained him.

Buccaneers | Tough times to continue for Doug Martin? (Fri Nov 20, 10:14 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin faces the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11, and the Eagles have allowed just three rushing touchdowns all year.

Our View: The Bucs don't have a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball, but Martin and wide receiver Mike Evans should see plenty of work. We've got Martin as a RB2 in Week 11.
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