Doug Martin
RB TB (1)
2 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 TB (1)
2 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 TB (1)
2 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 TB (1)
2 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 TB (1)
2 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 TB (1)
2 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 TB (1)
2 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.

Doug Martin
RB TB (1)
2 months ago

Martin rushed 10 times for 26 yards and a touchdown and brought in two of three targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions. He also lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

Afforded lead-back duties in his return from a one-game absence due to a concussion, Martin's day started off reasonably well, as he opened the scoring for the Buccaneers with a one-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. However, he ultimately lost a second-quarter fumble and finished with under 3.0 yards per carry for the fourth time in the last five games. Given that Peyton Barber ultimately out-touched Martin by a 12-10 margin on the ground and averaged 4.8 yards per tote, the latter could be officially relegated to backup status in Week 15 versus the Falcons.

Doug Martin
RB TB (1)
2 months ago

Martin will start at running back for the Buccaneers in Sunday's game against the Lions, a source informed Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Martin sat out the Buccaneers' Week 13 loss to the Packers with a concussion, Peyton Barber operated as the team's lead back and turned in an eye-opening performance, putting up 143 total yards on 27 touches. Though Barber's productive showing could resulting in him earning a sizable role in the Bucs' Week 14 game plan, it looks as though Martin, who cleared the concussion protocol earlier this week and is back to full strength, will retain top status in the backfield at the beginning of Sunday's contest. It's worth noting, however, that Martin has averaged fewer than four yards per carry in six of his last seven appearances, so if he struggles to make an impact early on against the Lions, don't be surprised if head coach Dirk Koetter leans heavily on Barber the rest of the day.

Doug Martin
RB TB (1)
2 months ago

Martin was cleared from the protocol for head injuries Thursday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin will thus miss just one game as a result of the concussion suffered Week 12. Whether or not he starts Sunday versus the Lions remains to be seen, but offensive coordinator Todd Monken hinted as much Thursday, according to Roy Cummings of WFLA NewsChannel 8. With Martin sidelined this past weekend, Peyton Barber took advantage of a great blocking scheme, per Monken, running 23 times for 104 yards. If the coaching staff turns back to Martin as the No. 1 back, he'll aim to take advantage of a Detroit unit that has conceded 146.5 rushing yards per game and six touchdowns on the ground to running backs over the last four contests.