Doug Martin RB TB 3 weeks ago2 Comments

Martin has rid himself of some body fat in the offseason, the Buccaneers' official site reports. "What you're not seeing that makes me look a little slimmer is my body fat," he said. "I got my body fat down by like four or five percent so I'm in great shape. I feel good and I'm ready to go."

Martin still rings in in the 200-225-pound range, but his offseason workout regimen has honed his body, as he prepares to battle Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey for the starting running back job in training camp. After a breakout rookie season in 2012 -- 1,454 rushing yards, 472 receiving yards, and 12 total touchdowns -- Martin has been hampered by injuries and ineffectiveness the past two years, making 17 appearances in all. Nonetheless, if his commitment to stay in tip-top shape continues, a bounce-back campaign could be in his future.

Doug Martin RB TB 2 months ago

The Bucs have elected to not pick up the fifth-year option on Martin's contract, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

As a result, Martin -- who carried 134 times for 494 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games in 2014 -- is slated to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2015 season, in the event that he doesn't sign an extension with the Bucs in the coming months. Heading into the coming campaign, the report suggests that Martin is likely to compete with Charles Sims for the Bucs' starting RB job, with Bobby Rainey and Mike James set to reprise their backup roles. Assuming he can re-prove his health though, Martin has a solid shot to enter the season as the team's top early-down back, but at a minimum, Sims' pass-catching ability should earn him change-of-pace work and perhaps more, should he impress this summer.

Doug Martin RB TB 6 months ago

Martin had 19 carries for 108 yards during Sunday's loss to the Saints.

The Bucs led 20-7 heading into the fourth quarter, and Charles Sims took over the backfield touches, finishing with 18 carries for 69 yards, though he did score an eight-yard touchdown before halftime. Martin finishes the season with 134 carries for 494 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games, as he missed time with both an ankle injury and a knee issue. There was plenty of speculation that Sims would take over the starting job at some point this season, but Martin held onto it and the two will likely battle it out during training camp next year.

Doug Martin RB TB 6 months ago

Martin had 10 carries for 17 rushing yards and failed to catch the only ball thrown his way during Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Martin finished with six more carries than backup Charles Sims (four carries for minus-1 yard), though the rookie was able to rack up 30 receiving yards on three catches. It was an ugly performance overall, and Martin could cede more touches to Sims in Week 17 against the Saints, who are allowing the fourth-most rushing yards per game this season, as the Bucs could try to see what they have with the rookie out of West Virginia in the season-finale.

Doug Martin RB TB 7 months ago

Martin had 14 carries for 96 rushing yards and one catch on one target for three receiving yards during Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

Martin looked primed for a huge game, rushing for 92 yards in the first half, which included a single 63-yard run, but he was all but shut down in the second half as the Bucs abandoned the run despite being in a close game. It was by far Martin's best game yardage-wise this season, though he ceded seven carries to rookie Charles Sims, who rushed for 34 yards, while also catching three passes for 45 yards. Up next is a Week 16 matchup against the Packers, who are allowing the seventh-most rushing yards per game this season.

Doug Martin RB TB 7 months ago

Martin had five carries for 22 rushing yards and one catch on one target for zero receiving yards during Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Lions.

Facing off against the league's best run defense, Martin actually finished with the same number of carries as rookie Charles Sims, though the latter lost four yards on his touches. The Bucs' rushing attack is simply a bust, and they are now averaging the third-fewest rushing yards per game this season. Up next is a Week 15 matchup against the Panthers, who have allowed the third-most rushing touchdowns this season, though there's little reason for optimism from Martin's fantasy owners.

Doug Martin RB TB 7 months ago

Martin had 18 carries for 58 rushing yards and a touchdown, and one catch on one target for three receiving yards Sunday against the Bengals.

Martin set season-highs in rushing attempts and yards with his performance Sunday, and he continues to get plenty of looks ahead of backups Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey, each of whom were rumored to be ready to replace Martin as the starter this season. Unfortunately, the good vibes aren't likely to stick around, as the Bucs will face off against a Lions defense in Week 14 that is allowing the fewest rushing yards per game this season.

Doug Martin RB TB 7 months ago

Martin (ankle) had a team-high 11 carries for 27 rushing yards and one catch on three targets for four receiving yards Sunday against the Bears.

Playing in his first game since suffering the ankle injury back in Week 8 against the Vikings, Martin failed to average even 3.0 yards per carry for the fourth time in six games. While Bobby Rainey had only one carry for three yards, rookie Charles Sims picked up six carries, which he turned into 22 yards (3.7 YPC). It was hardly a stellar performance from any of the running backs, and it looks entirely possible that the Bucs could be starting a running-back-by-committee approach. If that's the case, all three will have limited fantasy upsides, even in Week 13 against a Bengals defense that came into Sunday allowing the fifth-most rushing yards per game this season.

Doug Martin RB TB 7 months ago

Martin (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against Chicago.

Martin will get his first taste of action since Week 8, as the back has missed three straight contests due to an ankle ailment. He returned to the practice field Thursday, and even took many of the first-team reps in Friday's session. Martin is unlikely to be immediately thrusted into the starting role, however, as the most likely scenario is that he'll be part of a committee involving Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims (ankle). For that reason, Martin becomes a bit of a risky fantasy play until more concrete information is known about the carry distribution in Tampa Bay.

Doug Martin RB TB 7 months ago

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com expects Martin (ankle) to play Sunday against the Bears.

We'll confirm this prior to game time, but all signs had been leading up to Martin making his return to the field following a three-game absence. Rapoport also expects rookie Charles Sims (ankle) to play, which leaves the carry distribution in Tampa Bay a little bit cloudy at the moment.