Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
2 days ago

Martin rushed for 24 yards on seven carries and caught his lone target for no gain in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

Martin has now logged 14 total touches through two weeks despite a limited snap count, serving as Marshawn Lynch's handcuff out of the Raiders' backfield. Martin was deployed for 17 offensive snaps compared to just eight for fellow reserve running back Jalen Richard, whose lack of usage stemmed from Oakland leading the entire game before a last-second field goal by Denver. Expect a similar role for Martin again in Week 3 against the Dolphins as Lynch remains healthy.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
4 weeks ago

Martin took six carries for 24 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Marshawn Lynch started and logged two snaps before turning things over to Martin, who couldn't find any room to run until he ripped off a 16-yard gain early in the second quarter on his final carry. Martin's spot on the 53-man roster appears secure, but it's hard to project a significant workload in a backup role that may or may not include regular work on passing downs.Though he didn't draw any targets Friday, the 29-year-old did stay on the field for both third downs during the opening drive. Martin likely will be held out of the preseason finale to ensure he's healthy for Week 1 against the Rams.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
1 month ago

Raiders coach Jon Gruden suggested Martin won't get much playing time in Friday's preseason game against Green Bay, Vic Tafur of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gruden seems to be indirectly hinting that Martin will have a spot on the 53-man roster. The 29-year-old back took one carry for three yards in Oakland's preseason opener, but then was held out -- along with a slew of other veterans -- for Saturday's loss to the Rams. Gruden likely wants to use the third preseason game to evaluate Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren. Marshawn Lynch's status as the lead back is the only true piece of clarity in the Oakland backfield.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
1 month ago

Martin made his Raiders debut during Friday's preseason opener against the Lions and rushed one time for three yards.

EDGE Analysis

Neither Martin or starter Marshawn Lynch saw much action Friday, which isn't much of a surprise during a preseason game in which quarterback Derek Carr saw only one drive. Although both DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren flashed in relief of them, there's been nothing to suggest that Martin's grip on the No. 2 role is in any danger at this stage.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
2 months ago

Martin made a positive impression on Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson during the offseason program, Matt Kawahara of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hoping to rebound from back-to-back nightmare seasons, Martin joined hometown team in March on a one-year, $1.475 million contract without any signing bonus, per Spotrac. He may have gotten off to a good start during the offseason program, but his contract suggests Martin could still miss out on the 53-man roster if he fails to impress during training camp and the preseason. Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and undrafted rookie Chris Warren are also competing for backup roles behind incumbent starter Marshawn Lynch.

Doug Martin
RB OAK (7)
6 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)
6 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)
7 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)
9 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)
9 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.