Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
2 months ago

The Raiders signed Martin to a contract Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

In his two full 16-game slates, Martin racked up 1,400 rushing yards both times, 743 combined receiving yards and 19 total touchdowns. However, the other four years with the Bucs were rife with injuries, ineffectiveness and suspensions, setting up his release from the team on Feb. 20. With his next destination determined, Martin can focus on a bounce back, but it may be difficult in a backfield populated by Marshawn Lynch, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
2 months ago

Martin made a good impression in a recent face-to-face meeting with Raiders coach Jon Gruden, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin had two huge seasons and four clunkers in his six years with Tampa Bay, plagued by a mixture of off-field issues and on-field inefficiency. He managed just 2.9 yards per carry and three touchdowns on 138 carries last season, eventually losing the lead-back job to Peyton Barber down the stretch. As expected, the Bucs released Martin in February, allowing him to negotiate with other teams before the start of the free agency period March 14. It's no surprise that he remains unsigned, as back-to-back ugly seasons leave him somewhere in the middle of the crop of available running backs. Gruden apparently has some interest, but he's also expressed a desire to retain incumbent Marshawn Lynch. It's hard to see how the two would fit together, unless Martin were merely brought in on the cheap as a clear backup. The 29-year-old presumably hopes to find a team that will give him a shot to compete for its lead role. Oakland would become a strong fit if Lynch were to retire or be released in the coming weeks.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
3 months ago

The Buccaneers released Martin on Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin looked like he might be the Buccaneers' long-term solution in the backfield after amassing 1,673 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in 2015, netting him a five-year, $35.75 million contract extension the following spring. However, the 2012 first-round pick regressed badly thereafter, averaging less than three yards per carry in both of the past two seasons while missing time due to injury and an untimely four-game suspension, which delayed the start to his 2017 campaign. In cutting lose Martin, the Buccaneers will save $6.75 million against the cap in 2018 while absorbing no dead money. Martin's departure currently leaves Peyton Barber as the top candidate to start at running back in 2018, though there's a decent possibility the Buccaneers address the position through the draft or free agency in the coming months.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
5 months ago

Martin rushed three times for minus-3 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

In what was perhaps a fitting end to both his 2017 season and Tampa tenure, Martin was in on just four snaps while ceding lead-back duties to Peyton Barber once again. The 28-year-old wrapped up the campaign with single-digit rushing yards in his last two games, and no more than 51 yards in the last seven contests overall. Martin is on the books for $6.75 million in 2018, but as per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, he can be cut without any cap penalty. With Barber seemingly proving he's worth of at least entering OTAs atop the depth chart and Bucs also very likely to add to the running back position in next April's draft, Martin could well find himself on the outs in the coming months.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
5 months ago

Martin rushed six times for seven yards in Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

Martin logged only 17 snaps overall and saw fellow back Peyton Barber pace the rushing attack with 13 carries. The fact that he was at least in uniform was a step up over last week for Martin, when he was made a healthy scratch by head coach Dirk Koetter due to a violation of team rules. After solid showings in three of his first four games this season, the six-year veteran has been woefully ineffective on a per-carry basis, averaging over 2.6 yards per tote only once in the subsequent seven contests. He'll head into the Week 17 finale against the Saints hoping to have an opportunity to make one final case for remaining with the team in 2018.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
5 months ago

Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said following Monday's 24-21 loss to the Falcons that Martin was inactive for the contest due to an unspecified violation of team rules, RIck Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "It's done. That's just one of those things that unfortunately has to happen from time to time," Koetter said, regarding Martin being made a healthy scratch. "It's behind us now, and that's all I'm going to say about it."

EDGE Analysis

After missing one game while recovering from a concussion, Martin drew the start at running back in the Week 14 loss to the Lions, but played just 19 snaps before being benched after fumbling. It was suspected that Martin's inactive status Monday was related to his struggles in recent weeks, but it sounds like an off-field transgression had more to do with it. Though Koetter's comments suggest that Martin won't be subject to further discipline from the team, it seems rather unlikely that the pending free agent will regain his starting gig over the final two games, especially given how effective Peyton Barber has been in recent weeks. Barber has averaged more than four yards per carry in each of the last three games, while Martin has a putrid 2.8 YPC mark over his last eight appearances.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
5 months ago

Martin (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game versus the Falcons, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

About an hour before the release of inactives, Adam Schefter of ESPN leaked that Martin would be superseded as the starter in favor of Peyton Barber. In a surprising turn on events, though, Martin is a health scratch due to a violation of team rules, according to ESPN's Monday Night Countdown. With Martin sidelined, Barber will lead the way out of the Buccaneers backfield, while Charles Sims handles pass-catching reps and Jacquizz Rodgers serves in a change-of-pace role.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
5 months ago

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Buccaneers are expected to start Peyton Barber at running back, relegating Martin to a backup role.

EDGE Analysis

During Martin's absence in Week 13 with a concussion, Barber impressed as both a runner and pass catcher, racking up 102 yards on the ground and 41 more through the air. Last weekend versus the Lions, Martin started but didn't see the field after a fumble late in the second quarter. Barber proceeded to outproduce Martin, 63 to 50, in scrimmage yards. With Barber leading the way again Monday, it remains to be seen what kind of workload, if any, Martin receives.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
5 months ago

The Buccaneers do not plan on naming a clear-cut starter between Peyton Barber and Martin for Monday night's game against the Falcons, leaving the latter's expected workload uncertain, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The news isn't necessarily unexpected, considering that Martin totaled just 26 yards on 10 carries (although he did score a rushing touchdown) and was apparently benched after fumbling late in the second quarter versus the Lions in Week 14. Meanwhile, Barber was effective once again, compiling 58 yards on 12 rushes on the heels of a 23-carry, 102-yard effort versus the Packers in Week 13. With Auman reporting that head coach Dirk Koetter will essentially ride the hot hand versus Atlanta, Martin owners in the fantasy postseason may want to at least consider any available options among players on teams in the second wave of Sunday kickoffs or in the primetime matchup between the Cowboys and Raiders.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
5 months ago

Martin believes he was benched after fumbling during a 24-21 loss to the Lions on Sunday, ESPN.com's Jenna Laine reports. "When you turn the ball over and you fumble, your chances get cut pretty short, so that's what happened there," said Martin.

EDGE Analysis

Martin got the start and had 12 touches in the first half, taking 10 carries for 26 yards and a touchdown and adding 24 yards on two catches. He didn't get another touch after losing a fumble late in the second quarter, allowing Peyton Barber to finish with 12 carries for 58 yards and one catch for five yards. It was a bit surprising to see Barber get just three carries before halftime, given that he had 143 yards on 27 touches the previous week when Martin was out with a concussion in a 26-20 loss to the Packers. Averaging 3.1 yards per carry and 4.7 yards on only 18 targets, Martin already seemed to be losing his grip on the lead role before he lost the fumble in Sunday's game. It's fair to wonder if Barber might take the starting gig for Week 15 against the Falcons on Monday Night Football.