SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (11)
2 weeks ago

According to Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, Martin's (suspension) play during offseason workouts has reminded him of his form during the 2015 season, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin is returning to the fold after being suspended for the final game of the 2016 season and subsequently entering treatment to sort out some off-field issues. Seemingly rejuvenated after that spell, however, Martin has consistently drawn praise during offseason sessions for his physical and mental condition. The tailback appears to be running with the type of power and sharpness that has twice made him a 1,400-yard rusher, not the 400-yard rusher he was his other three seasons. Although Martin will remain suspended for the first three games of the upcoming campaign, his performance of late has helped alleviate concerns over him being a cap casualty, but he'll need sustain his good work until Week 4 to earn back his starting job ahead of Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and rookie Jeremy McNichols.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (11)
4 weeks ago

Martin (suspension) feels that the treatment he underwent early in 2017 after receiving a four-game suspension had a significant all-around impact on him, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. "It was definitely worth it," said Martin. "I definitely turned a negative into a positive and I'm out here and I'm definitely a stronger person because of it. I was [in treatment] to the point where I'm strong now, mentally strong and physically strong."

EDGE Analysis

Martin has reportedly looked sharp in OTAs thus far and has stated that the hamstring troubles that plagued him during 2017 are behind him. The veteran tailback has also been upbeat, noting that the therapeutic process he underwent while in treatment thoroughly prepared him for a return to the team environment. Although the Bucs will still be without him for the first three games of the regular season while he finishes serving out his aforementioned four-game ban, Martin will be able to prove his physical and mental fitness throughout training camp and preseason. For his part, head coach Dirk Koetter sees plenty of encouraging signs when observing Martin's current on-field work. "I think just from my own experience, when Doug is practicing like this - when he's finishing plays, when he's got that burst, got that pep in his step - it's carried over to the field," said Koetter.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (11)
1 month ago

Martin (suspension) is taking the majority of first-team reps at the beginning of OTAs, WFLA's Roy Cummings reports.

EDGE Analysis

Oft-mentioned as a potential cap casualty just one season after signing a five-year, $35.75 million contract, Martin is doing his best to earn another shot in Tampa. He completed a treatment program at the beginning of the offseason, and General manager Jason Licht recently said the 28-year-old is back to top physical condition. While suspended for the first three games of the season, Martin has put himself on track to regain lead status in Tampa Bay's backfield beginning in Week 4. It is still possible he could be released if there are any setbacks between OTAs and the start of the season, as the Bucs have insurance in the form of Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and rookie fifth-rounder Jeremy McNichols (shoulder). Rodgers is getting most of the second-team reps at OTAs, with Sims handling the third-team looks.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (11)
2 months ago

Martin (suspension) reported that he was in a car accident on Thursday but is uninjured.

EDGE Analysis

Martin's vehicle was hit when another driver ran a top sign and collided with him. Though the running back did receive minor scrapes and bruises, he did report that he is perfectly healthy. It isn't anticipated that the accident will force him to miss any time.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (11)
2 months ago

Martin (suspension) has additional competition in the Buccaneers' backfield after the selection of Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) during this year's NFL Draft, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

One can speculate that the Buccaneers didn't select a running back before the fifth round due to Martin's showing in the offseason program to date. Indeed, he impressed general manager Jason Licht on the first day of the offseason program, looking "as good as I've seen him since I've been here, from a physical standpoint," according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. Having said that, Martin will likely have to avoid any stumbles in the coming months in order to solidify his previous standing as the Buccaneers' No. 1 running back. As for the other members of the backfield, McNichols will strive to compete with Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims (pectoral) for that spot during Martin's suspension to start this season, but the rookie's climb will be hampered by rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Assuming Martin continues to hearken back to better days, he's the logical candidate to serve as the team's top RB for the final 13 games of the campaign.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (11)
2 months ago

Martin (suspension) joined the Bucs as expected for the start of offseason work Monday and made a positive impression on general manager Jason Licth, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "He looks great right now; he looks as good as I've seen him since I've been here, from a physical standpoint," Licht said. "He was in very good spirits. We're excited to have him, excited to see how he does out here in OTAs."

EDGE Analysis

Martin's physical and mental well-being has been subject of considerable intrigue this offseason, although reports have consistently had him doing very well in all aspects after completing a rehabilitation program early in 2017. This is a particularly pivotal time of year for the former Pro Bowler's future with the Bucs, with Licht acknowledging that the early, pre-draft portion of OTAs is a golden opportunity for the running back to "assert his place with the team." That wording seems to at least partly imply that the team is giving serious consideration to investing a premium draft pick on a running back, and recent visits and workouts with the likes of Florida State's Dalvin Cook, Texas' D'Onta Foreman and Oklahoma's Joe Mixon lend further credence to that theory. While the 10-day period preceding the draft naturally won't tell Tampa everything it needs to know about Martin's overall condition, the fact that he's arrived in looking as good as previously advertised is certainly a step in the right direction. Unwavering support expressed by team leaders Jameis Winston and Gerald McCoy on Monday also speaks volumes, and the reality is that the Bucs will likely take plenty of time to make a final decision on Martin's future, potentially even having him serve the remaining three games on his suspension at the beginning of the regular season before making a definitive call on his future.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (11)
2 months ago

Martin (suspension) reported Monday for the start of offseason workouts, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin re-joined his teammates Monday after being suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy and subsequently spending time in rehab this offseason. Those troubles followed Martin signing a lucrative five-year, $35.75 extension last March, and then going on to average just 2.9 yards per carry in his mere eight appearances in 2016. Because of Martin's suspension, which has three games remaining, the Bucs could cut him and save $7 million. However, in light of positive feedback from his time in rehab, it appears they'll give the 28-year-old a chance to redeem himself, starting with Monday's first offseason workout session.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (11)
3 months ago

Martin (suspension) is expected to join the Bucs for the start of OTAs next Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin is reportedly doing "amazing" following his stint in a rehabilitation facility several months ago and subsequent workouts over the last several weeks in California. The OTA period will presumably give the Bucs a good read of Martin's physical and mental condition over an extended period and in a low-pressure environment. Presuming their former Pro Bowl running back is doing as well as recently advertised -- and continues to demonstrate the same readiness throughout training camp and preseason -- the team will have little reason to part ways with him. Martin would miss the first three games of the regular season while finishing out the four-game suspension he was handed last December, but would otherwise be available without restriction throughout the duration of training camp and the exhibition slate. Irrespective of Martin's status, the Bucs are believed to very likely to invest at least one pick at the running back position in the upcoming draft.

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (11)
3 months ago3 Comments

The Bucs remain noncommittal about Martin's (suspension) future with the team, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "Who knows what's going to happen?" (Bucs head coach Dirk) Koetter said to reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix Wednesday. "Are we going to add a running back in the draft? Is Doug going to continue down the path of good health? And we have other guys we like at the position, too. I don't know what's going to happen, as I sit here today."

EDGE Analysis

As has been reported previously, Martin's suspension frees the Bucs from having to pay him $7 million in guarantees, making his release completely conceivable if the team felt that it could adequately replace him and/or if they remained unconvinced that he had fully overcome the issues that led to his four-game ban. The former Pro Bowler will be eligible to participate in OTAs, minicamps, training camp and all preseason games but would have to then sit out the first three games of the regular season to complete the suspension. There are some intriguing possibilities available to fill Martin's shoes, as marquee names Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles remain on the free-agent market for the time being. The Bucs also re-signed Jacquizz Rodgers to a two-year contract on March 9 and have Charles Sims (pectoral) returning for his fourth season as well. Meanwhile, Tampa could certainly opt to take a running back with their 19th pick in the first round, a selection that could possibly net them names like Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey. If Martin does remain on the team into the summer, Koetter will be faced with the dilemma of how much playing time to afford him knowing he won't be available for the first three games of the regular season. "I'm a Doug Martin fan, we would love to have Doug on our team. But when a guy's been a Pro Bowl running back, you know you're not gonna have him for the first three games of the year, how do you do the reps?" Koetter asked. "It's almost like he'd be on PUP for coming back for Game 4, but we don't know what we're gonna do weeks 1-3 yet."

SUSDoug Martin
RB TB (11)
3 months ago

It is still unclear where Martin (suspension) fits into the Buccaneers' plans for 2017, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin played just eight games in the first season of his five-year, $35.75 contract, first missing an extended stretch with a hamstring injury, and then sitting out Week 17 due to a four-game suspension stemming from a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The suspension voids more than $7 million in guarantees from his contract, allowing the Bucs to easily move on from a deal that already looks like a mistake. Martin has a pair of 1,400-yard rushing seasons (2012, 2015) to his name, but he's only played 57 of a possible 80 games through five years, and he managed just 144 carries for 421 yards (2.9 YPC) in 2016. Although he is said to be doing well after completing a stay at a rehab center in February, the 28-year-old running back will still be unavailable for Week 1-3. Given his injury history, salary and inconsistent track record, Martin is in serious danger of being released before the season. His fate might be sealed in late April if the Bucs use a high draft pick on a running back. The team re-signed Jacquizz Rodgers and will also return both Charles Sims and Peyton Barber.