Doug MartinRB TB (6) 3 days ago
Martin (hamstring) gained 18 yards on four carries in Friday's preseason game against the Browns.
Martin proved his health by making a brief appearance, and then took a backseat to the Jameis Winston-led passing game. The roles haven't changed since last season, with Martin dominating the rushing workload while Charles Sims handles passing downs.
Doug MartinRB TB (6) 1 week ago
Martin (ribs) expects to return to practice Monday, but will likely be limited, Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com reports.
Martin is dealing with bruised ribs, which forced him to miss Saturday's preseason game against the Jaguars. After another day off for rest Sunday, Martin is expected to return to the practice field Monday, although he'll likely be eased into action. Martin is slated to be the Buccaneers' feature back this season and despite this latest injury, doesn't appear to be in danger of missing Week 1.
Doug MartinRB TB (6) 1 week ago
Martin is dealing with some bruised ribs, and will sit out of Saturday's matchup with the Jaguars as a result, Rick Stroud of 620 WDAE reports.
The team does not seem too worried about the issue, and view his sitting out of Saturday's game as a precautionary measure. It is unclear when Martin sustained the injury, but expect the team to keep him on light duty until he is fully healthy. The 27-year-old projects to be the No.l back for the Bucs, but will likely share some of the workload with Charles Sims.
Doug MartinRB TB (6) 3 weeks ago
Martin had five carries for 13 yards and one reception for 11 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Martin only played the first few drives, but he should see more action in the second and third preseason games. He's locked in as Tampa's lead back, with Charles Sims (ankle) handling most of the passing-down work
Doug MartinRB TB (6) 1 month ago
Martin enjoyed the Bucs' first fully-padded practice Sunday, breaking through the line of scrimmage for a pair of would-be touchdowns, the team's official site reports.
The Pro Bowl running back has hit the ground running in training camp and looked particularly razor-sharp Sunday. Martin broke through the line on multiple occasions, including one where he would have scored untouched had it been live game action. Armed with a new five-year, $35.75 million deal, the fifth-year tailback encouragingly appears to be running with as much passion in the first several camp practices as he did throughout his 2015 contract year.
Doug MartinRB TB (6) 1 month ago
Martin is looking forward to 2016 but seeks to reduce his career-high five fumbles from last season, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Pro Bowl running back expressed considerable optimism regarding the coming season as training camp opened Wednesday, remarking that he's "very anxious to get going, to see what this team can do, see how we're going to improve." At the same time, Martin, armed with a new five-year, $35.7 million contract, knows the onus is on him to not only live up to his new deal, but improve on his surprising ball security problems from last season. After only losing three fumbles over his first three NFL campaigns, the 27-year-old coughed up the ball on five occasions in 2015, with three of those occurring in the final five weeks of the campaign. Martin confirms he's worked on specific technique this offseason designed to address the issue. "I watched all those fumbles after last season," Martin said. "It was more of me fighting for extra yards, not having my other arm on the ball, other hand on the ball. That will all be corrected. I don't look to be fumbling that much this year."
Doug MartinRB TB (6) 3 months ago
Martin was active in the passing game during Thursday's OTA session, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.
The 27-year-old, who's recorded a combined 82 receptions over the two seasons in his career where he's played all 16 games, was targeted often in the passing game during Thursday's open session. The development was notable considering that Martin played a distant second receiving option last season out of the backfield to teammate Charles Sims, who hauled in 70 receptions for 561 yards and four touchdowns. Despite the increased usage through the air, Martin's primary usage in the coming season will once again be on the ground, where he amassed 1,402 yards last season. Still, the added dimension of an increased passing game role for Martin would certainly give second-year quarterback Jameis Winston another valuable weapon to work with in 2016.
Doug MartinRB TB (6) 4 months ago
Martin feels like he can "hit the ground running" in 2016 under new head coach and former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Scott Smith of the Bucs' official site reports.
The four-year veteran is excited about the fact that he'll continue working within the same system that helped him produce his best season since his spectacular 2012 rookie campaign. Martin ran for 1,402 yards and six touchdowns in 2015, while averaging a career-best 4.9 yards per tote. "I've been through about two to three new playbooks [in my career], so it feels good to come in and not have to learn a whole new playbook and it's good to have that continuity," said Martin. "If you get a new guy and he has a whole new playbook, it's like learning a whole new language, so it's a good feeling to come here and not learn a whole new playbook. It's easy on everybody else." The 27-year-old was targeted by Koetter as a key piece of the offense upon the latter's appointment to the role of offensive coordinator before the 2015 season, and that motivated Martin to work his way into top condition for the 16-game grind. Fresh off signing a new five-year deal worth in excess of $35 million, the Pro Bowl-running back has set even loftier standards for the coming season. "I just have to set goals for myself and if I set high goals, if I shoot high, then the rest will fall into place," said Martin. "I have to have a burning desire and know what I want and if I do that and just work hard and do my job, everything else will fall into place. I would like to just get more yards than I had last year - than my rookie year. More touchdowns, I'll be able to finish more, finish more often. I get caught around the five you know, finish and get more touchdowns. But just goals like that - just adding to my game."
Doug MartinRB TB (6) 6 months ago
The Bucs have signed Martin to a five-year deal worth in excess of $35 million, Ian Rappaport of NFL.com reports.
The signing comes within two hours of Martin hitting the open market as a 26-year-old tailback coming off a 1,400-yard season, preventing Tampa from having to scour free agency or invest a high draft pick on a new tailback. As per Rappaport, the deal contains $15 million in guaranteed money, and averages $7.25 million over the first three seasons, with a maximum overall value of $42.5 million. Although the courtship between Martin and the Bucs looked somewhat shaky at times this offseason, Martin ultimately made good on his previously-stated preference to remain in Tampa, and secured a contract that would have been highly improbable a year ago at this time. His retention preserves a potentially potent young nucleus of Jameis Winston, Charles Sims, Mike Evans, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Martin, and frees the Bucs up to address other needs in the coming days and the forthcoming draft.
Doug MartinRB TB (6) 6 months ago2 Comments
As expected, the Bucs opted not to use their franchise tag on free agent running back Doug Martin, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.
The non-move fulfills the widely-held expectation that Martin will only return to Tampa on a mutually agreeable multi-year deal, as opposed to the onerous $11.789 million salary for 2016 that the franchise designation would have carried. Cummings reports that the Bucs continue to work towards cementing a deal with fifth-year pro, ideally before free agency opens in earnest on March 9. If Martin does indeed land elsewhere, third-year all-purpose back Charles Sims and a 2016 draft pick or a free-agent signee would figure to share tailback duties in Tampa in 2016.