SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
2 weeks ago1 Comment

Martin (suspension) rushed for 421 yards and three touchdowns on 144 carries (2.9 YPC) while also hauling in 14 of 16 targets for 134 yards during the 2016 season. He also lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

Just ten months ago, Martin was riding high after re-signing with the Bucs on a five-year, $35.75 million dollar deal mere hours before the start of free agency. Once the lights went on for the 2016 regular season, however, it appeared the fifth-year pro was on a constant downhill slide. A hamstring injury in Week 2 knocked him out for the ensuing six contests, and he struggled upon getting back on the field. The 27-year-old notably averaged less than three yards per carry in five of the six games he played upon returning, with a season-high 87-yard performance against the Seahawks serving as the only exception during that stretch. Although Martin appeared to run decisively for the most part in 2016, there were some rumblings about him exhibiting poor vision and not exploiting available running lanes at times. Backfield mate Jacquizz Rodgers' solid performances behind essentially the same offensive line likely lent further credence to that theory, and with Martin's season ending under the spectre of a PED suspension, his future in Tampa is in doubt until further notice, an inconceivable notion heading into this past season.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Martin's 2017 guarantee of $7 million can be voided due to his current PED suspension, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Bucs inked Martin to a five-year, $35.75 million dollar contract in the offseason that included $15 million in guaranteed money, but the agreement included a clause that the 2017 guarantee could be voided in its entirety in the event of "PED violations, substances of abuse and engaging in conduct detrimental to the team", according to Laine's report. While Martin's future with the team is far from decided at this point, the provision represents an escape hatch that's certainly worth being aware of with respect to the fifth-year pro's future prospects in Tampa. Further complicating matters is the fact that journeyman Jacquizz Rodgers has unexpectedly emerged as a viable alternative in the backfield this season, and could potentially be secured for a reasonable investment following the expiration of his current one-year, $760,000 deal. Rodgers has gained 485 yards at 4.3 yards per tote in 2016, and will have a final chance to demonstrate his wares as the clear-cut lead back against the Panthers in Week 17. Meanwhile, Martin's situation will be one to monitor heading into the offseason, with a successful completion of the treatment program he has entered representing the first step to further clarity and hopefully, a potential recovery.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Martin is leaving the Buccaneers in order to enter a treatment facility, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy," Martin wrote in a statement. "I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need."

EDGE Analysis

In particular, Martin violated the NFL's policy regarding performance-enhancing substances, precipitating a suspension that will begin this Sunday and extend into next season. Under the rare circumstance that the Bucs earn a playoff berth, the ban will account for those contests. However, he'll more than likely miss the first three games of the 2017 campaign. Considering his bulky salary, he'll likely be handed the No. 1 gig at running back upon his return, but Charles Sims and potentially Jacquizz Rodgers, an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, will cover for Martin during his absence.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Martin is "stepping away from the team to take care of personal issues," Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

On both a professional and now a personal level, Martin has turned in an undesirable season rife with ineffectiveness on the ground. Some of the lack of success may be the result of a hamstring injury that forced six absences earlier in the campaign. However, his surprise DNP on Saturday wasn't the result of an injury, so something else in his life was to blame for the downgrade. While neither the Bucs nor Martin are obligated to touch on the nature of his "personal issues," the running back is an unlikely candidate to be jettisoned due to the five-year, $35.75 million deal he inked in the offseason. In the meantime, the backfield will be powered by Jacquizz Rodgers in Week 17 due to Charles Sims' (pectoral) placement on injured reserve Wednesday.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Martin was an excused absentee from Wednesday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coming off Martin's benching Saturday, head coach Dirk Koetter has already said the running back won't play in the regular season finale. Martin's DNPs to wrap up the season could be a sign the Bucs intend to move on in the offseason, but in the meantime, Jacquizz Rodgers is primed to serve as the No. 1 RB, with Charles Sims handling pass-catching duties.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
4 weeks ago2 Comments

Martin will be inactive for Tampa Bay's final regular season game Sunday against Carolina, the Tamp Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tampa Bay plans to sign Russell Hansbrough from the Giants' practice squad to add depth with Martin out. Martin was inactive for last week's game even though he was healthy and health isn't a factor for him missing Week 17, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. Martin's future with the Bucs looks in doubt as a result. Koetter wouldn't disclose his starting running back against Carolina, but Jacquizz Rodgers started in place of Martin last week.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
4 weeks ago3 Comments

With reference to Martin being made inactive Saturday against the Saints, coach Dirk Koetter called the move a "coaches' decision" influenced by Tampa Bay's special teams needs, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the Bucs wanting both Charles Sims and Peyton Barber available on special teams, Martin was the odd man out Saturday, while Jacquizz Rodgers -- who was a healthy scratch last week -- suiting up and serving as the team's lead back in Week 16. "We really only have room for one primary ball carrier right now," Koetter noted. "I felt like it was better for us this game to go with Jacquizz." Martin has missed six games this season with a hamstring injury, but his deactivation Saturday was not injury-related. Rather, a 2.9 yards per carry average on the season (down from his 4.9 YPC in 2015) is a more tangible reason for his surprising scratch. How Koetter handles the team's backfield in Week 17 remains to to be seen, but the Bucs do at least have a wafer thin chance of making the playoffs.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
1 month ago

Martin (coach's decision) is a surprise inactive against the Saints in Saturday's Week 16 tilt, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The news ranks as the most surprising of the day, considering that Martin's absence is based solely on head coach Dirk Koetter's decision, and given the importance of Saturday's contest. The fifth-year pro has struggled to find running room this season, but has generally looked strong and decisive when carrying the ball. His status leaves Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and Peyton Barber as the backfield options for the Bucs in a game key to the team's playoff chances.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
1 month ago

Martin carried 16 times for just 42 yards and was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Cowboys.

EDGE Analysis

Martin had found the end zone in consecutive games heading in, but he was smothered by a sound Cowboys run defense and averaged an underwhelming 2.6 yards per carry. His season has been quite disappointing considering the large contract he signed in the offseason, as he has averaged just 2.9 yards per carry with three touchdowns, missing six games earlier in the campaign due to injury. Martin has still been a featured player in an improving offense and will look to bounce back next week against the Saints.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (6)
1 month ago1 Comment

Martin totaled 66 yards and scored a touchdown on 23 rushes while also hauling in both of his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 16-11 win over the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Despite the return of Charles Sims from injured reserve and talk throughout the week of getting Jacquizz Rodgers more involved in the offense, Martin was once again the clear lead back Sunday. He responded by scoring a touchdown for the second straight week, a twisting one-yard score in the second quarter that was his third on the season overall. The fifth-year pro also encouragingly recorded a catch for double-digit yardage for the second straight week, and fourth time in the last five games overall. The 23 carries also equaled Martin's second-highest figure in that category this season, particularly notable given that he, Sims and Rodgers were all active. Martin will draw a tough matchup against the Cowboys' stingy run defense in a Week 15 Sunday night battle.