RB Doug Martin - Free Agent
|5-9, 223||Born: 1-13-1989||College: Boise State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2012|
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -3 / 0 rec)
Martin had the entire second and fourth offensive series of the game to himself in the backfield. If the game script would have been more favorable in the second half, Martin likely would have seen double-digit touches. However, with the Rams pulling away, Oakland went almost exclusively with Jalen Richard late. Martin showed pretty good burst on a run off of right tackle that went for 13 yards but that was his only highlight. He was stacked up in the backfield on multiple occasions, including both of his receptions. Martin didn't see the field after the two early drives and played just 14% of the snaps
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (7 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Martin was the clear #2 back but he didn't do much with his opportunities. His longest gain, a 6-yard run, came on a 3rd-and-9 draw. He had another 6-yard gain called back due to a penalty. So far this season, Martin has been getting what is there but nothing more.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (9 / 43 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Martin was again the clear #2 back and rotated into the game early in the second series. He was a slightly more effective runner than Lynch against the Dolphins, getting through the hole quicker. Martin picked his way for a 15-yard gain on a nifty run off of left tackle, making a man miss early and weaving his way for a solid gain. He again made a man miss in the backfield on the next play, turning what should have been a short loss into a 5-yard gain. However, he was not targeted at all in the passing game and didn't get any goal line chances. Martin has a solid weekly role, but it isn't one that is likely to allow for much of a fantasy impact.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was an extremely quiet day for Martin. He is being outplayed by both Lynch as an early-down runner and by Richard as a pass-catcher. His role should remain small going forward.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Martin managed just a single yard on two carries and a target. His biggest contribution in recent weeks has been taking snaps away from the more dynamic backup running back, Jalen Richard.
2018 Week 8 vs IND (13 / 72 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Martin stepped in for Marshawn Lynch as the lead back for the Raiders. He had 13 of the Raiders running backs 16 rushing attempts. Martin did much of his damage in the second half when he started to pick up yardage in chunks. He showed a solid burst and hit a defender with a stiff arm on a 29-yard gain. He had a pair of carries from the 1-yard line. On the first he went low and was stuffed. He tried to leap over the top on the next play and had the ball poked out short of the goal line but was able to recover it. Martin cost the Raiders a chance to make a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter when he had the ball tomahawked out of his hand by Darius Leonard.
2018 Week 9 vs SF (11 / 49 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Martin got off to a strong start with a 20-yard reception and 10-yard run on the opening drive. However, the Raiders weren't able to sustain drives and quickly fell behind by two scores. Partially due to the game script, Martin played just 46% of the snaps. Unfortunately for Martin, the Raiders are probably going to be playing catchup in most of the remaining games this season, which will limit his role and fantasy viability.
2018 Week 10 vs LAC (15 / 61 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Martin ran well early, showing decent burst and power between the tackles. The Raiders had it 1st-and-goal at the seven yard line on opening drive and Martin ran it three straight times. He picked up short gains on each of the three carries to set up 4th-and-goal at the one yard line. Instead of going to Martin for a fourth time, the Raiders faked it to him and threw an inside shovel pass to Dwayne Harris that got stuffed. Martin was also solid as a pass catcher, hauling in each of his targets. He did a great job catching a short dump off, accelerating up field and making a couple guys miss for a 23-yard gain. Overall, it was a solid, workmanlike performance from the veteran.
2018 Week 11 vs ARI (10 / 52 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Martin was running as well as he had been all season before injuring his ankle late in the second quarter. Martin was doing damage running straight up the middle behind Rodney Hudson and Kelechi Osemele, picking up solid chunks on nearly every carry. With more space to operate, he even made the first man miss in the open field on a couple of carries. The injury reportedly wasn't very serious but he is questionable for Week 12.
2018 Week 12 vs BAL (11 / 51 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Facing 2nd-and-goal from the 7-yard line on the opening drive, Martin made a nifty cut to elude a defender in the hole and kept his balance to drive to just shy of the end zone. The next play, he leaped over the pile and extended the ball with one hand for the 1-yard touchdown. It was popped out of his hand and initially ruled a fumble but on review was ruled a touchdown because he clearly crossed the line before it was knocked out. Martin had a nine-yard catch on a ball he bobbled twice before eventually securing. He has been fine as a receiver but clearly isn't as comfortable or dangerous catching the ball as the two younger backs. Martin's best run of the day was a 12-yard gain on a pitch sweep. He was able to get a head of steam and lowered his head to finish the run with power.
2018 Week 13 vs KC (18 / 61 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
On the opening possession, Martin burst through the line for a 6-yard gain on 4th-and-1 but the play got called back due to holding and the Raiders were forced to punt. The next drive ended when Martin had the ball punched out after a short gain and the Chiefs recovered. Martin was mostly effective on short yardage plays. He was able to maintain his balance and find enough room to pick up a few 3rd-and-short runs. After an end zone interference penalty set the Raiders up with 1st-and-goal at the one-yard line, Martin got back-to-back carries. He was stacked up just short on the first attempt but burrowed through a small hole for the 1-yard touchdown on the next play. Aside from a 17-yard run in the fourth quarter when the Raiders were trailing by three scores, he wasn't able to bite off any big chunks. It was a workman-like performance without any highlights but Martin kept the chains moving when he had to.
2018 Week 14 vs PIT (16 / 32 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Martin was listed as questionable with a knee injury but was able to play, wearing a brace on his left knee. His longest gain came on the first snap of the game, a physical run right up the middle for nine yards. With the Raiders facing 1st-and-goal from the three-yard line on the opening drive, Martin got three straight carries. He dodged a defender in the hole on first down and picked up a yard and a half. He dove low and tried to stretch for the end zone but came up inches short on second down. On third down, he leaped over the top of the pile for the 1-yard touchdown. He opened the second drive with another powerful 9-yard run up the gut. After picking up 26 yards and a touchdown in the opening minutes, Martin did next to nothing the rest of the way. He gained just six total yards over the final 50 minutes. Martin had a fourth goal-line carry late in the game but was dropped for a short loss.
2018 Week 15 vs CIN (9 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Martin was adequate but there weren't any highlights. His best gain of the day went for nine yards right up the middle. Martin was held to just nine touches, at least in part because the Raiders quickly fell into a 17-0 hole in the first half.
2018 Week 16 vs DEN (21 / 107 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Martin had his first 100-yard rushing game since November of 2015. Oakland was able to build an early lead on a special teams touchdown and was playing great de-fense, which allowed a run-heavy game plan. Martin dominated the backfield touches, handling 21 of the 26 carries by Raiders backs. He went untouched for a 24-yard touchdown off of right tackle. The Broncos defense crashed down inside and there was nobody left for outside contain. Martin did a nice job of quickly getting north-south and consistently picking up positive yardage to keep the offense in manageable downs and distances. There wasn't anything fancy but Martin was efficient in getting what was blocked and finishing runs strong. Martin had decent success running out of the I-formation behind fullback Keith Smith. He followed Smith for a 14-yard gain in the red zone down to the 6-yard line. Martin missed out on a second rushing touch-down because he tapped his helmet to come out after three straight tough runs. His replacement ran in a short touchdown on the next play.
2018 Week 17 vs KC (21 / 100 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
On his second carry of the game, Martin was hit in the backfield and coughed up the ball. It started a string of four straight drives that ended in turnovers. But for the turnovers, the Raiders may have been able to make it a game because Martin had room to run. He consistently broke off positive plays and kept the chains moving. He showed some physicality, running over a defender and keeping his legs moving on an 8-yard run. Aside from the turnover, Martin played well. However, as has been the case all season, he wasn't able to break off any big runs despite getting to the second level a handful of times. His long of the day went for just 15 yards. While Martin proved capable in 2018, if the Raiders want some of the 10 yard runs to turn into big gains, they probably need to upgrade at the running back position.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 12 vs IND (14 / 97 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Martin continued to run hard and set up play-action pass attempts for QB Winston, tallying 14 carries for 97 yards in week 12. He narrowly missed a couple of scoring opportunities at the end of a 2nd quarter drive. He got 2 carries inside the 5 yard line and punched the ball in on the second attempt, but the score was negated by an offensive holding penalty. On the ensuing play from the 12 yard line, Martin was targeted in the end zone out of the backfield, but the play was well defended and the pass off the mark. Martin recorded his only reception of the day on a halfback screen in the 3rd quarter, picking up 1 yard. Winston attempted another halfback screen to Martin later in the 3rd quarter, but overthrew him under duress. He set the Bucs up for their first and only touchdown with a 56 yard run at the end of the 2nd quarter. Tampa Bay had just been backed up to their own 14 after a Mike Evans pass interference penalty and were lined up in a 4WR set, with Martin deep in the backfield and Winston under center. Martin took the handoff right up the middle and gashed the Indy defense into their own territory, breaking a couple of arm tackles and benefiting from some good downfield blocking by Vincent Jackson and Cameron Brate at the second level. Though Martin ran well, the gameflow dictated more passing in the 2nd half, and Martin's carries dwindled as the game progressed.
2015 Week 13 vs ATL (25 / 95 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Martin, who surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark last week, ran the ball hard all day, picking up extra yards after contact and often converting 1st downs every 2 carries or so. Tampa's bell cow carried the ball for the Bucs' first 6 offensive plays of the game and totaled 25 carries for 95 yards on the day. Martin got the Bucs inside the Atlanta 10 yard line with a nice run and facemask penalty in 1st quarter, setting up Jameis Winston's touchdown scramble. Martin drew a 2nd defensive facemask penalty on an 8 yard run in the 3rd quarter. Martin leaped over the offensive line and into the end zone on his 1 yard touchdown plunge in the 3rd quarter. The only real blemish on Martin's day was a lost fumble in the 3rd quarter while fighting hard for extra yardage. 1 of the 3 defenders dragging him to the ground managed to punch the ball loose, and Atlanta recovered just moments after the Tampa Bay defense had forced a 3-and-out. Martin was benched for a handful of plays after the fumble. Martin ripped off a 30+ yard run late in the 4th to take the ball down inside the Atlanta 5 yard line, but the play was called back because of an offensive holding penalty. Martin had 1 reception for 5 yards, lining up wide right in a 5WR empty backfield set in the 2nd quarter. He had 14 yard gain negated by penalty in 1st quarter.
2015 Week 14 vs NO (11 / 81 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Martin had a great day statistically, considering his limited carries (11 for 81 yards and a TD). Tampa Bays fell behind by 14 points early, shifting the offense to a more pass-heavy game script. Martin scored on a beautiful 14 yard run in the 2nd quarter, taking a pitch to the right behind the lead blocking of fullback Lane and cutting back inside after breaking a couple of tackles at the line of scrimmage. Martin's longest run of the day(24 yards) came on a pitch play to the right that Martin took up the sideline in the 4th quarter. He also recorded a 22 yard gain on his first carry of the 2nd half, a pitch to the left that he cut back up the middle untouched for the first 20 yards or so. Pitch plays were very successful for Martin in week 14; game flow just unfortunately limited his opportunities. Martin drew a 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalty on the New Orleans D after getting hit late, long after failing to secure a 2nd quarter pass target. Martin had a bad drop in the 3rd quarter on a play action pass out of the backfield, and secured his last target of the day for a short gain at the end of the 3rd quarter.
2015 Week 15 vs LA (18 / 91 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Martin passed the 1,300 yard mark for the season as he rushed for another 91 yards on 18 carries in the loss. Martin was featured heavily early in the game, and seemed to be able to turn the slightest shred of daylight into impressive gains. He picked up the majority of the team's first-down rushes(8 total) in the first quarter. For the second week in a row, Tampa Bay fell behind early and the offensive gameplan leaned toward the passing game. Martin made two ankle-breaking cuts as he ripped his biggest gain right up the middle on a 17 yard run in the 3rd quarter. Martin fumbled the ball and lost it near the end of the 3rd quarter after failing to secure a handoff from Winston. The handoff looked good, but the ball started slipping down Martin's right hip as he ran to the left side of the o-line and he lost his grip on first contact. The Rams recovered at their own 46. Martin had 1 short reception out of the backfield for a gain of 6 in the 4th quarter.
2015 Week 16 vs CHI (17 / 49 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Martin had a slower day on the ground than usual, totaling just 49 yards on the ground. He scored the first touchdown of the day on a short goal-line plunge from the 4 yard line, right after the Bucs recovered a blocked punt inside the Chicago 5-yard line. Martin was hit at the line of scrimmage and fought hard for the 4 yards it took to hit paydirt. Martin's longest run of the day went for just 9 yards in the 2nd quarter. Martin had a tough day with ball security, losing two fumbles. He dropped the first after catching a short pass out of the backfield in the 2nd quarter, killing a drive inside Chicago territory. Martin's 2nd fumble occurred near the end of the 3rd quarter when a Chicago defender jarred it loose with perfect helmet placement on a tackle.
2015 Week 17 vs CAR (15 / 48 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 60 / 0 rec)
Martin only managed 48 yards on 15 carries. The Carolina front 7 consistently penetrated the Tampa Bay offense line for sacks and tackles for loss, really making the day tough for Martin and Sims on the ground. The majority of Martin's ground yardage came on a 29 yard gain in the 3rd quarter. The Carolina defense parted like the Red Sea, and Martin shot right up the middle of the field, bouncing off of a couple of tackles in the secondary for the big gain. With Tampa Bay falling behind early, Martin did see some increased action in the receiving game as Winston was forced to checkdown to his running backs a lot. Martin was a perfect 7 for 7 on his targets, and caught his longest reception of the day(20 yards) on a RB screen out of the backfield in the 1st quarter
2014 Week 1 vs CAR (9 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
The most important part about Martin's day to highlight was that he left the game with an apparent knee injury resulting in only nine carries for nine yards. Martin and the Bucs couldn't get anything going. The Panthers linebackers did a great job of shedding blocks and filling gaps all day long. Martin himself looked to have some juice. He aggressively fought for yards despite being met in the backfield on a number of rushes. Martin didn't see enough action to fully determine if we'll see an improvement during the 2014 season. It's unclear as to the severity of the injury he suffered. It's important to note that Logan Mankins, newly acquired guard from the Patriots, left the game with an injury.
2014 Week 4 vs PIT (14 / 40 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Martin found the endzone against the Steelers on Sunday for the first time this season. The Buccaneers had first and goal from the Steelers' 3-yard line. The play design called for Martin to follow his fullback through the middle of the line, but a blitzing Steeler caused Martin to bounce the ball outside and sprint hard for the pylon. Due to Martin's good vision on the play, her converted what should have been a loss into six points. Martin didn't see a lot of carries against the Steelers on Sunday, only toting the rock 14 times. He had a long run of nine yards in which he made a few tacklers miss, but he was largely ineffective, averaging less than 3.0 yards per carry. The Bucs did involved him in the passing game a little, but the Glennon focused mostly on his initial few reads instead of checking down a ton like he did last season.
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.
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
2014 Week 12 vs CHI (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Martin returned from injury and received the most carries of any Bucs player. Martin accounted for exactly half of the running workload, toting the rock 11 times. The Buccaneers have been largely ineffective in the run game this year, which has caused them to lean pass. This game was no different as McCown threw 48 passes to the 22 carries the run game received. As usual the Bucs' running backs couldn't get anything done on the ground. Martin only mustered up 2.5 yards per carry with a long run of 10 yards. The 10-yard run by Martin came on an off-tackle designed play that Martin bounced back inside. Martin flashed the vision we witnessed in his rookie year on this play. After looking to bounce the ball, Martin noticed his fullback had stay tighter to the middle of the line of scrimmage so he stuck his foot in the ground cut back towards the guard and followed his fullback through the hole. He was eventually brought down by Ryan Mundy. Overall, there just wasn't much running room. The Bears did a good job of playing their run fit and filling holes. Martin was targeted three times in the passing game which resulted in one four-yard check down. It looks like Martin has resumed the role of lead back, although the workload with Charles Sims was fairly close. Martin saw 28 of 79 snaps mostly alternating series with Sims.
2014 Week 13 vs CIN (18 / 58 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
The Bucs used Martin against the Bengals as if it were 2011 again. He saw 18 carries along with some targets out of the backfield. Martin scored the only touchdown on the day for the Bucs. The Bucs lined up with six offensive lineman with an extra tackle on the right side. At the snap out of a single back set, Martin ran off tackle. Bucs' tackle Cousins turned his man right out of the play which allow Martin to skirt through the c-gap. He stiff-armed a defensive back as he crossed the goal line or the score. Martin did a much better job of being patient to the hole and exploding through it. Martin by no mean looked like the running back that destroyed the Raiders in his rookie season, but he showed flashes of his ability from time to time. Martin only hauled in one reception. Despite being the go-to back in the run game, Martin didn't play much on third down which enabled Sims and Rainey to catch the passes on 3rd down.
2014 Week 14 vs DET (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Buccaneers completely abandoned the run game against the stout Lions front four. The Lions defensive front created havoc for the Bucs offensive lineman on running plays. Their tackles and ends got great penetration, not allowing the Buccaneers to do much on the ground. Martin rip off a 9-yard carry, but he only received six total touches on the day as the Buccaneers relied on Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans for the majority of the game. Martin does seem to be at least be regaining a little bit of the burst we saw in his rookie year. He is being patient to the hole, but exploding through it. He is showing some nice vision as well, but unfortunately there is limited sample size as he did not receive many carries against the Lions.
2014 Week 15 vs CAR (14 / 96 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Martin flashed the moves that made everyone drool over his potential in his rookie year on Sunday against the Panthers. Early in the first quarter, the Buccaneers ran a counter trap. At the snap, Martin comes out of his stance to the left of McCown faking run action left, but then sticks his foot in the ground and makes a great jump cut back to the right. Brandon Myers comes from the left side of the formation across to the right and kicks out the defensive end opening a huge lane. Martin turned on the Jets and ran by a few Panthers' defenders before being forced out of bounds 60 yards later. The play was well designed and well blocked. The action to the left got all the Panthers' defenders flowing to that side, but Martin came back right and had a huge alley that allowed him to scamper for over 60 yards. The key to the play was getting middle linebacker Luke Kuechly sealed, which they did successfully. Martin finished with almost 7 yards per carry thanks mostly to ripping off that monster gain. On his other 13 carries Martin averaged less than two yards per carry. Martin didn't have many holes to run through for the rest of the day. In fact, the Panthers did a nice job of filling the gaps and stopping Martin. Martin was not involved much in the passing game as Charles Sims played on third downs more often and received more targets out of the backfield. Martin played on 30 of 55 snaps. At this point, it seems as though the Bucs are content with a time share at running back no matter who they have available at running back.
2014 Week 16 vs GB (10 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Martin did not see the same success this week against the Packers as he did last week. Martin averaged a mere 1.7 yards per carry on only 10 rushes. The run game was an afterthought to the Bucs as they threw the ball much more frequently. The Packers offense remained on the field for almost two-thirds of the game, which prevented the Bucs from getting into a rhythm offensively. Martin had no where to go on each and every carry. The packers did an excellent job of playing assignment football and filling gaps with their linebackers. Their defensive line got great push into the backfield and eventually, the Bucs completely abandoned the run as it was getting them no where. Martin didn't play much on passing downs, as Charles Sims usually works in in those situations. He did see one check down target that he could not haul in. Overall, Martin couldn't get anything going in the run game which caused the Bucs to lean towards the pass which sidelined Martin due to his role as primarily a two-down back. Martin had a long gain of four yards on the day.
2014 Week 17 vs NO (19 / 108 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Martin had one of his best performances of the year, not only statistically, but also in the way he ran the football. Martin displayed power and quickness against the Saints similar to that of his rookie season. On his best run of the day, he lined up in a single back set and hit the hole hard. The Bucs offensive line got a good push and Martin got to the second level quickly, it looked as though he got caught in a pile of bodies but bounced it outside and kicked into an extra gear as he sped past a diving Saints' defensive back. He eventually ran out of gas 45 yards later and was tripped up inside the 10-yard line. The Bucs ran Martin out of many different formations, but they used the strong I-formation a lot, running Martin right behind an offset fullback or tight end. Martin showed great vision, making the correct choice on almost every run. Whether he needed to cut back inside, hit the designated hold, or bounce the ball to the outside, Martin seemed to find the right alley to squeeze out the most yards he could. He didn't play much of a roll in the passing game, as Charles Sims worked in on 3rd down and also rotated series with Martin. Overall, Martin had his best game of the season despite not getting in the end zone. Martin ran downhill, not wasting steps east or west. He was patient in waiting for holes to open up, but he exploded once he saw a clearing. On his longest run of the day, it looks as though a defender has an angle on him and he speeds right by him. Game flow positively impacted Martin's workload on Sunday as he and Sims combined for almost 40 carries.
2013 Week 1 vs NYJ (24 / 65 / 1 rush, 6 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
The Buccaneers called Martin's number for every designed rushing attempt against the Jets on Sunday, as he toted the rock 24 times. The offensive line had issues opening up holes for Martin. On 18 of 24 carries, he gained three yards or less. They lined up almost exclusively under-center for Martin's runs and tried to pound it down the Jets' throat. Martin scored on a weak-side run from the five yard line. From a single back set, left guard Gabe Carimi chipped on the defensive tackle and moved to the second level where he buried LB David Harris 3 yards deep in the endzone. This allowed Martin to squirm through the line for six. Aside from the touchdown scamper, Martin's two best runs of the day came from shotgun draws. On both plays, Martin had a wide alley up the middle for gains of 8 and 17 yards. He fumbled on the 8 yard gain to end the half, but it was not lost. After viewing the tape, Martin did an admirable job despite the box score stating otherwise. Muhammad Wilkerson got penentration often and David Harris did an excellent job shedding the Bucs guards and filling the A gap all day. Martin did the best he could with what he had in front of him. He was often contacted before the line of scrimmage, but ultimately gained a few yards each time. Of the four targets Martin didn't catch in the passing game, he did drop one pass, but Freeman's accuracy was the main cause for the low reception total.
2013 Week 2 vs NO (29 / 144 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Buccaneers offensive line deserves a ton of credit for opening holes for Martin against the Saints Sunday. Martin averaged 5 yards per carry while being effective on virtually every drive. Despite the absence of Carl Nicks for a second straight week, they improved in their drive blocking significantly from week 1 to week 2. Last week, the majority of Martin's carries went for less than 4 yards with a few decent gains. This week, 14 of Martin's 29 carries gained 4 or more yards with 5 carries netting more than 10! A few carries really stood out as fabulously executed run plays. A direct snap to Martin caught the Saints off guard as the linebackers hesitated on Freeman's fake of the bad snap. Martin strung the play out and found a seam, shooting through for 11 yards. Early in the third quarter, Martin took a stretch hand off from the single back set, the design of the play took Martin left, but he made a nice cutback and avoided the Saints backers as they got caught in the wash to the left. And on his longest carry of the day, a 28-yard gain, Martin received textbook blocking from the left side of his line. From the strong-I, Gabe Carimi doubled on the tackle and got to the second level in a heartbeat to seal off the backer. In addition Donald Penn turned his man away from the whole and Erik Lorig lead up through the hole with a brilliant crunching block on the outside backer. Martin was aided by a poor pursuit angle from safety Kenny Vacarro, and eventually the Saints brought him down near the 50. The running game looked amazing to say the least against the Saints. They blew up huge wholes and Martin showed great instincts to find the alley.
2013 Week 3 vs NE (20 / 88 / 0 rush, 6 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Martin failed to score for the second straight week, but had a good deal of success on the ground against a good Patriots front. Martin averaged 4.4 yards per carry and totaled 88 yards. Martin had nine carries of 3 yards or less, but did add six carries of 7 yards or more. New England did an excellent job of making tackles at the second level, never letting Martin bust that big run that he often uses to pad his rushing total. His longest carry netted 11 yards. The Bucs passed twice as much as they ran against the Patriots because they were trailing for the entire game. They involved Martin heavily in the passing game, targeting him six times. Unfortunately, Martin could only haul in two passes for 20 yards. The split him wide against LB Mayo on the first drive of the game. The Bucs' tried to take advantage of all the man coverage the Pats' were playing. Martin split out as a flanker and ran a 9 yard hitch on the first drive that was converted, beating Mayo. The running game was aided by The Bucs bringing in an extra tackle and ran the ball using six lineman on a number of plays. Martin picked up 11 yards on a nice run up the gut in which he cut back left and found some room, then moved the ball for the first down by gaining an extra few yards. On the next play, they ran the exact same design and Martin blasted through the middle for 9 yards. Vince Wilfork did a great job occupying multiple blockers all day, allowing New England to keep only 7 in the box and still make plays with their linebackers. Tommy Kelly and Brandon Spikes did an excellent job playing the run fit and getting into gaps to disrupt the rhythm of the running game.
2013 Week 4 vs ARI (27 / 45 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Martin routinely faced eight men in the box on Sunday. The Cardinals game planned to stop Martin first and foremost and make the rookie beat them in his debut. Only four of Martin's twenty-seven carries netted five or more yards. The Cardinals defensive line disrupted the run game on almost every play with inside penetration. The Cardinals achieved penetration so often, Martin had more runs go for negative yards (7) than he had go for five or more (4). Martin possesses great vision which allows him to find holes and make cuts to set himself free, but when defenders meet you at the hand off it's difficult to gain yards. On Martin's longest gain of the day, he took a pitch to the left out of a strong I set. He received a nice kick out block from FB Erik Lorig, as well as nice seal blocks from the right side of the line to spring him free to the secondary where Dansby brought him down. Martin picked up an 8 yard gain on a classic isolation play later on the drive. He followed the FB again, this time through the A gap. The Bucs showed flashes of a power run game with a few nice gains, but they couldn't impose their will as they hoped. Glennon not being able to check out of runs whenever he wanted to hurt the Bucs. Martin often had defenders at his heels at the snap as Arizona stacked the box all afternoon. Unfortunately for Martin, the Bucs attempted to execute plays even though they were outnumbered in the blocking scheme. On the same pitch play that Martin gained 12 yards on earlier in the game, the Bucs had nine men within four yards of the line of scrimmage. At the snap, Karlos Dansby and Darnell Dockett came through the line unblocked to stuff him for a 5 yard loss. There aren't too many running backs in the NFL that could have had success running the ball with the blocking Martin was given. The Bucs again got Martin involved in the passing game, but not as often as last week. With a rookie quarterback making his first start, involving the backs in the passing game is usually a top priority. Martin saw four targets on Sunday, three of which seemed to be check downs after no one came open. The target Martin didn't convert came on a designed swing pass that Martin flat out dropped attempting to make a one-handed catch. Martin did convert on another designed swing pass for twelve yards later in the game. After he made the catch, he stuck his foot in the ground and juked a linebacker to gain extra yardage. Poor offensive line play contributed greatly to Martin's horrific yards per carry average on Sunday.
2013 Week 6 vs PHI (16 / 67 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
The Eagles' main objective was not letting Doug Martin beat them. Similar to every team the Bucs have faced thus far, the Eagles often creeped a safety up in the box to help with run support. Martin had issues getting going again, running into a bunch of clogged holes. His best run of the day almost saw him put six points on the board, but he came up a yard short. The Eagles were in base defense with only 7 defenders in the box. An extra receiver lined up to the right side drew a defender out of the box in man coverage. Martin took the ball straight up the gut with the help of a pulling guard to kick out a linebacker. Martin dashed through the secondary only to be pulled down at the one yard line by CB Wolff. The rest of Martin's gains were pretty pedestrian. On Martin's other carry of note, he gained 9 yards on a stretch play to the right in which Bucs' RT Dotson absolutely blew his man 7 yards into the secondary allowing Martin to stick his foot in the ground and cut it up field for a big chunk of yardage. Aside from those two runs, Martin struggled to get going. The play log is filled with a bunch of one, two, and three yard gains because Philly did a very good job in run fit. Linebackers Brandon Graham and Mychael Kendricks did an excellent job filling gaps and slowing Martin all game. The presence of Martin allowed Glennon to have an impact, however. Almost every play action pass, you can see the Eagles' linebackers dart towards the line of scrimmage hoping to make a run stop, only to realize the ball was about to sail over their heads. The Bucs involved Martin again in the passing game, targeting him four times. Glennon hit him on a designed swing pass that saw Martin weave through linebackers for a 10 yard gain. Overall, Martin may not have had an outstanding game numbers wise, but his impact greatly impacted the Bucs' offense. His big run set up the Vincent Jackson touchdown fade. And his presence alone allowed Glennon to have success in the passing game by drawing defenders attention on play fakes.
2013 Week 7 vs ATL (11 / 47 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Martin looked very good hitting holes and making cuts against the Falcons' defense, but unfortunately he left the game with a shoulder injury early in the third quarter. Martin ran a wheel route to the pylon only to be drilled mid-air by a Falcons' defender. Reports indicate Martin tore his labrum on the play and is likely to be done for the year. Up until the play, Martin looked the best he has all year, save the 144 yard week two performance. Davin Joseph pulled around the left end of the line and sprung Martin for a 16 yard gain early in the second quarter. The offensive line did a nice job sealing the left end and Joseph trotted around to take the only unblocked backer. Vincent Jackson added a nice block as well. The offensive line as a whole did a nice job on Atlanta's front seven. They showed great fire off the ball and often knocked the Falcons line a yard or two backwards. This was all aided by Glennon's progression. In previous weeks, defenses were able to stack the box against the Bucs and stuff Martin by out-manning the offensive line. On Sunday, Tampa saw a lot of base defense with 7-man fronts. This helped Martin find holes and churn out positive yardage on almost every play. The Falcons only stopped Martin for a loss twice, a stat that has been much higher in the first six weeks for Martin.
2012 Week 1 vs CAR (24 / 95 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
The former Boise St. star looked every bit the NFL running back he was predicted to be in his first start. Martin was a feature of the offense, playing all three downs and looking good doing it. His patience to let plays develop was quite something to behold; he always seemed to read his blocks efficiently and rarely lost yardage. He was difficult for the Panthers' defense to take down with his low centre of gravity, and he dove for additional yards on many occasions. On a wheel route, with LB Luke Kuechly in perfect coverage, Martin made a tremendous leaping catch and hung onto the ball for dear life. The Bucs ran both power and zone, both of which Martin looked comfortable in. Although he didn't get into the end zone, he came within inches. Had it not been for a brilliant goal line tackle by the Panthers, Martin would have tasted pay dirt. An injury to LeGarrette Blount meant Martin got many more carries in this game. Martin looks to be the bell cow of this offense and if Tampa Bay can continue to play it close to the vest and keep games within reach, Martin can have a great season.
2012 Week 2 vs NYG (20 / 66 / 1 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Doug Martin had a tough day on the ground for the Bucs, contending with a stiff Giants defense that keyed on him at many stages in the game. It was not for a lack of effort however, as Martin ran with determination and power throughout the game. The Giants simply made a concerted effort to limit Martin on the ground and with explosive plays. The Bucs pass offense was more potent but did little to set up the run game for Tampa. Martin was able to score early in the game after a NYG turnover. Martin got bottled up early on a running play inside but broke outside with his speed/quickness where there was no contain and he scored easily as he ran to the corner. Martin had a tough time converting on the ground however on short down and distance plays. He was swarmed on 3rd and short situations often and these drives halted to a stop. Martin showed he is a powerful inside runner that has enough quickness to slip tackles and be a hard RB to tackle; he just had few opportunities to show his talent. Martin did drop one pass however and needs to improve his involvement in the passing game which would greatly increase his touches and role in this offense.
2012 Week 3 vs DAL (19 / 53 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Martin had a difficult day against the Cowboys talented front-seven. His line did a poor job opening holes inside although Martin's power did allow him to make gains when running off-guard. His best run came on a four yard gain in the first half where he ran off guard to the left. The Cowboys defense was able to push back the Tampa Bay line at the snap. However, Martin knifed his way to the hole as it was closing and managed to keep driving forward, making a solid gain out of a play that should have been a loss. He also had a long gain on a run off-tackle to the left where he showed excellent speed in getting to the hole and agility once he was in the open-field. Otherwise, Martin's day mostly consisted of short gains on the rare occasion that his linemen were able win at the point of attack. He was handed the ball on four consecutive plays inside the 10 yard line but was unable to convert the touchdown.
2012 Week 4 vs WAS (8 / 33 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Martin, who the Buccaneers deemed worthy of their first round pick in 2012, put his skills on display against the Redskins, even if he did not stuff the stat sheet. The aptly-named Muscle Hamster toted the rock only eight times for thirty-three yards and chipped in two catches for nine yards. Martin actually came in third on the Buccaneers in targets against the Redskins, with five. His limited usage in the run game prompted Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano to cite game flow as his reasoning for capping Martin's touches against the Redskins. Still, Martin flashed why Tampa Bay values him so highly. In the ground game, he showcased quick, agile feet in letting plays develop, with tackle-breaking ability and up-the-field vision. He had an impressive nineteen yard run called back on a holding penalty. Through the air, Martin proved a valuable outlet for quarterback Josh Freeman, making his way to the flat several times. Martin's skills in pass protection were also on display on Sunday. Better days for the rookie from Boise State are yet to come.
2012 Week 6 vs KC (13 / 76 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 55 / 0 rec)
Martin was used sparingly in the first half but really started to shine in the second. His 42 yard reception came courtesy of a nifty open field move and his 23 yard rush came through a small hole and included a broken tackle, something he's struggled with. He picked up a majority of his yardage in the 4th quarter after the game was pretty much in hand, and to be fair LeGarrette Blount came in and looked just as dominant against the downtrodden defense.
2012 Week 7 vs NO (16 / 85 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
If Doug Martin played for the New Orleans Saints, there would be no running back by committee. Martin looked like a larger Darren Sproles in this game as he repeatedly ripped off chunks of yardage running outside. Martin's ability to make defenders miss in open space is phenomenal while his breakaway speed was also notable in this game. Martin's first notable run came on a handoff over right tackle. His blockers cleared a lane for him to burst through at speed before being knocked down for a nine yard gain. Martin did well to get past two attempted arm tackles before being knocked down by Roman Harper. His long touchdown run in the first quarter was a very well executed play by his offensive line. Even with good blocking in front of him, Martin found the right hole at speed before sidestepping Malcolm Jenkins, who was in good position to make the tackle, and accelerating away from the defense. Martin made the touchdown run look easy, and the truth is, the Saints didn't make it that hard on him either. The Buccaneers criminally underused Martin in the receiving game as he showed late in the fourth quarter that he could be a very effective receiver out of the backfield. Martin's first reception came in the fourth quarter, when he caught the ball underneath the defense after play-action. He was wide open in space and caught the ball comfortably before skipping past two defenders with his agility for a first down. His second reception came two plays later when he caught the ball in the flat and sprinted down field for 18 yards. Martin used his blockers well to extend the play and get a first down. Martin's third and final reception came on the same drive when he caught a quick screen pass in the flat that gained short yardage.
2012 Week 8 vs MIN (29 / 135 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 79 / 1 rec)
Martin had his best game in the NFL to-date. He showed a level of acceleration and make-you-miss skill at the second-level that was not present in the early weeks. Martin's patience to let holes develop fueled his big gains. He allowed Minnesota defenders to over-pursue on the front side of a play, then attack with a cutback angle for a huge gain in the first quarter. His balance and ability to make the first defender miss was on display with his receiving touchdown. On a screen pass, Martin stiff-armed the first defender, and then saw a running lane between blockers. He accelerated through the hole and took it all the way to the end zone. As the second half wore on, Minnesota loaded the box with extra defenders and routinely stuffed Martin on interior runs. Martin already amassed 222 total yards in the first three quarters, so his big day was already in the books by that time. He capped off his impressive day with two power runs inside the five-yard line, the second for a touchdown to ice the game with seven minutes to play. Martin was the clear workhorse back over Legarrette Blount and further cements his status as an every-week starting running back in fantasy.
2012 Week 9 vs OAK (25 / 251 / 4 rush, 5 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)
Entering this season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were expecting to have two pro-bowl caliber guards leading the way for their running-game. Entering this week, both players had been lost for the season through injury. The Buccaneers plans were in tatters, but Doug Martin simply rewrote the script. There are no shortcuts to 251 yards rushing and four touchdowns. In fact, Martin had an even better day than his statistics say, but lost yardage late on when he was used to take time off the clock. Even though he had a huge day on the final box score, Martin was not the focal point of the offense in the first half and played a bit-part role. Martin still managed to have a number of big gains in the first half and early in the third, he repeatedly gained 10 yards when he touched the ball, but his first huge gain came on the opening drive of the third quarter on a slow developing play. Martin took the ball up the middle, but allowed his blocking to develop before sprinting away from defenders and into the endzone for a 45 yard touchdown. After a Carson Palmer interception, Martin broke two tackles to sprint into the endzone for a 60 yard touchdown. Martin's very next touch was an even longer, more impressive touchdown run as the only people who could stop him on the day were calling the plays on the Buccaneers' sideline. Fittingly, Martin sealed the game with his fourth touchdown after being put back in the game for LeGarrette Blount late on.
2012 Week 10 vs SD (19 / 68 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Martin had a monster first quarter with 74 yards from scrimmage (62 on the opening drive) and looked to be headed for his third consecutive huge performance. The Bucs were opening holes for him, and Martin was showing a nice wiggle and good ability to turn on the speed when necessary to get away from the defense. His vision is excellent, and just about always wins the battle of getting to the right angle so he can turn upfield. That was very apparent on a short screen he caught with a defender right behind him. What could have been a very short gain quickly turned into a 42-yard gallop down the right side to the 6-yard line. In the second half, Martin didn't really have the ability to pad his stat line - not necessarily due to any fault of Martin's but moreso because the Chargers dominated time of possession and the Bucs rarely had the football for very long.
2012 Week 11 vs CAR (24 / 138 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Doug Martin had to work hard for his yards against a rather stingy Panthers defense. Up until a big run in overtime, Martin had pounded away with little joy as he was stuffed for three to four-yard gains each time. Martin showed off his powerful leg drive as he pushed the pile for extra yards on more than one occasion. His tackle-breaking ability was also on show and his vision to see the cutback lane and hit it was outstanding. Martin fumbled the ball on a goal-line plunge, although there was a review to determine if the ball had crossed the plane before it was knocked out. In the end the original ruling of fumble was decided, taking a touchdown off the board. Martin broke the Panthers' backs in overtime with a 25+ yard run as he glided behind his pulling linemen on a well-designed stretch play. Martin was pulled on some third down plays, but featured on third and manageable down and distance. 'The Muscle Hamster' is turning into one of the most exciting and all-around backs in the league.
2012 Week 12 vs ATL (21 / 50 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Martin's first involvement was a reception over the middle when he was tackled immediately as the football arrived. His first carry came on the very next play when he accelerated through a good hole on the right side for a nine yard gain. A pitch to Martin put him in space against John Abraham with a blocker downfield, Martin sprinted away from Abraham to gain eight yards. Martin's first carry up the middle went for six yards and a first down as he finished the play aggressively. The Buccaneers went straight back to Martin in the endzone as he took the handoff from Freeman. The play should have been stopped by a free defender at the line of scrimmage, but Martin subtly spun away from him and turned upfield. He was unlucky to be dragged down just short of the goalline. On another pitch to get him in space, Martin cut back behind two blockers to score his team's opening touchdown of the game from just a yard out. To start his team's second drive, Martin aggressively ran up the middle, but was met be an even more aggressive safety after just four yards. Off-setting fouls negated the play. Another penalty would then cost Martin a 45 yard reception. Freeman threw the ball to him in the flat on second and long, before he made a defender miss and sprinted away from others across the field. Illegal use of the hands and holding were called against the offensive line before Freeman threw the ball to Martin however. After the Matt Ryan turnover, and Mike Williams' pass to Josh Freeman, Martin was given two carries inside the five but both were very well defended to prevent a touchdown. He wasn't a huge piece of the gameplan in the first half, and the Falcons did a good job containing him. He opened the third quarter with the football, but lost four yards on a run to the outside. Instead of handing it off to him again, on the next play they split him wide and threw a screen pass for him to gain seven yards. Four more carries were limited to a six yard net gain as the Falcons flew to the football. Martin finally slipped by a defender at the line of scrimmage, but was held to a four yard gain by a defense that was obviously on top of the offense. The Buccaneers were now passing the ball a lot more than running it, and Martin tried to bounce his next carry outside but was stopped for no gain. His discipline may have been wavering because of frustration. Two plays later, Martin was handed the ball going straight up the middle. A defender met him three yards behind the line of scrimmage, but Martin used his power to brush him aside before sprinting forward for an eight yard gain. As a complementary piece of the offense now, Martin received less attention in the redzone at the end of a drive that Freeman had passed predominantly. That allowed him to receive a handoff in the shotgun formation before splitting through the defense for a 10 yard gain to the goalline. Unlike his previous two goalline carries, Martin dived into the endzone on his first carry to finish off the drive this time. Martin received three carries on the Buccaneers' final drive, not including the hail mary at the end, but not one of them crossed the line of scrimmage.
2012 Week 13 vs DEN (18 / 56 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Like Freeman, Martin and the rushing attack looked great in the first half. Martin's longest run went for nine yards as he ran off the left end before making one explosive cut up field. Martin was contacted five yards off the line of scrimmage, but as he has done so well all season, merely bounced off the tackle and picked up four extra yards. Later in the first half, Martin again used a beautiful jump cut as he ran off right guard picking up six yards. After picking up nearly 50 yards rushing in the first half, Martin found very few holes on his already limited carries (because of the deficit and struggling passing game). Often hit in the backfield or right at the line of scrimmage, Martin only had eight rushing yards in the second half. Martin was quite effective in the passing attack, however, as he picked up 42 yards on three catches. The bulk of the receiving yards came on the same screen, with a long of 26 yards in the first half and another 15 yards in the 2nd half. Martin looked just as explosive, especially in the open field, as always but the opportunities (in space) were few and far between.
2012 Week 14 vs PHI (28 / 128 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)
Martin ran hard throughout the game and wore down the Philadelphia front seven in the second half. He rarely went down on first contact and moved the pile when little hole presented itself inside. In the second quarter, Martin was stuffed in the backfield on third-and-short and thrown for a loss on a blown up screen play. It was Martin, not Freeman and the passing game, which got Tampa Bay an 11-point lead in the second half. After weaving his way up the gut for 15 yards, Martin got three straight rushing attempts in the red zone. On the third rush, Martin plunged in for the score and surpassed 100 yards on the day. He had plenty of yards-after-contact in the fourth quarter, including a long run to the outside with four minutes to go. Martin has had 20+ touches in seven straight games and two or more receptions in all but one game this season. He remains one of the few bell cow running backs to automatically start every game in the fantasy playoffs.
2012 Week 15 vs NO (9 / 16 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
In what should have been one Martin's easier matchups, he really struggled to get anything going early. As the Saints piled on and Freeman's turnovers killed every promising drive, Martin's opportunities quickly dissipated. Martin did have a long of 11 yards on a toss, but only managed to pick up five yards on his other eight carries. Martin also caught three passes on five targets, but only for 19 yards and a long of eight. The game was out of hand so quickly, Martin never had an opportunity to get involved and his stat line reflected that.
2012 Week 16 vs STL (18 / 62 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 57 / 0 rec)
Probably the most impressive of the Tampa Bay weapons, Martin ran with great power and speed to the holes. His acceleration to the point of attack was great, and often Martin was able to fly past arm tackles. Unfortunately for Martin, Tampa Bay got away from the run as they fell behind. Even more distressing, when Martin did receive carries his offensive line looked wholly unable to block. St. Louis had great success shedding blockers and meeting Martin at or behind the line of scrimmage, and when Martin was able to hit a gap, the blocking at the second level was non-existent. Because of this, Martin was unable to break any long runs, and even though his speed to get to the gaps and power when meeting contact were impressive, St. Louis was able to seal any tunnels or holes. Martin made a point of running through contact and arm tackles rarely brought the low padded runner down, but St. Louis always had a second tackler in position for when Martin was able to power through the first. This left the rookie not only running through a wall, but meeting a second wall if he was powerful enough to get past the first. Tampa Bay also didn't use Martin much in the passing game until they were already far behind and St. Louis began to play softer coverage in the 4th quarter. This allowed Freeman to check down to Martin repeatedly, and the rookie showed his level of quickness in the open field to gain solid chunks of yardage. Even though Martin looked to be the most determined and talented weapon on the Tampa offense, Freeman seemed more content to chuck the ball downfield than use Martin as an outlet.
2012 Week 17 vs ATL (28 / 142 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Martin finished his rookie season with a bang, roughing up the Falcons defense for over 150 total yards and surpassed 1,900 on the season. His workload was at an all-season high in Week 17 with 32 touches and he was the focus point of the offense in the second half as Tampa Bay salted away an early lead. In the first half, Martin struggled with just 11 rushes for 36 yards, but like many bell cow backs, he wore down the defense over the final 30 minutes. His ability to get small in between the tackles gets him through the line of scrimmage consistently when there does not appear to be daylight. If one play summed up the Atlanta defensive effort in the second half it would be Martin's long touchdown. The defensive backs looked like they wanted no part of wrapping up Martin and the Boise State product bounced off them on his way to the end zone. He nearly scored again on the final drive, blasting his way down to the 3-yard-line to ice the game. For all the inconsistencies of the passing game for Tampa Bay in 2012, Doug Martin was a rock for the offense. He totaled over 360 touches, third-most in the NFL behind Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson, as a rookie.