QDoug Martin
RB FA
Tue 9/3/19 5:20 PM

The Raiders have released Martin (shoulder) with an injury settlement, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin had been on IR with a shoulder issue, but now that he's been let go, he'll be able to try to catch once with another team once he's healthy. How soon that might be remains to be seen, but Martin could resurface at some point this season, once injuries require teams to seek backfield help.

QDoug Martin
RB FA
Sun 8/25/19 12:16 PM1 Comment

Martin (shoulder) was placed on IR by the Raiders on Sunday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Jon Gruden said Sunday that Martin had been dealing with a shoulder injury. After rushing for 723 yards in his first year with Oakland in 2018, Martin looked to be the No. 2 back for the Raiders behind Josh Jacobs, but he'll now look for work with another club. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington will now compete for the top backup spot behind Jacobs. Martin will stay on IR barring an injury settlement with the club.

QDoug Martin
RB FA
Fri 8/2/19 4:58 PM

Martin is off to a good start in training camp, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tafur suggests that over the first week of training camp, Martin was the team's "most impressive runner," but in the same line he noted that first-rounder Josh Jacobs has shown great hands in that span. In any case, Jacobs has plenty of time to open eyes with his running ability and his lofty draft status (he was the 24th overall pick in April) suggests that he's destined to be the Raiders' top back in 2019. That said, Martin, who averaged 4.2 yards on 172 carries with the Raiders last season, profiles as a capable complement, and it's a good sign that he's looked sharp early on in camp. After all, the Raiders seemed ready to move one from Martin once they signed Isaiah Crowell in free agency, but he was subsequently re-signed by the team after Crowell tore his Achilles in OTAs.

QDoug Martin
RB FA
Wed 5/1/19 3:30 PM1 Comment

Martin signed a contract with the Raiders on Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Having failed to draw significant interest on the open market after the Raiders let him walk in free agency this offseason, Martin is now back in the mix with an Oakland team that lost veteran Isaiah Crowell to a torn Achilles during a team workout Wednesday morning. This comes just weeks after Marshawn Lynch announced his retirement, leaving first-round rookie Josh Jacobs as the clear favorite to open the 2019 campaign in the lead role. While it's unlikely the Raiders view the 30-year-old Martin as a direct replacement for the 26-year-old Crowell, the former Buccaneers standout should still have every chance to compete with DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren for backup work behind Jacobs and receiving-ace Jalen Richard.

QDoug Martin
RB FA
Fri 4/12/19 3:32 PM

Martin remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent, Matt Kawahara of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin stayed healthy throughout 2018 and re-established himself as a competent NFL player, but his 172-723-4 rushing line (4.2 YPC) and 18-116-0 receiving line don't exactly demand a major contractual commitment. He figures to eventually latch on somewhere, likely needing to earn a roster spot ahead of his age-30 season. Oakland could be an option if Marshawn Lynch retires again, though the team already signed Isaiah Crowell as a backfield option for early downs. There's little-to-no chance of Martin regaining the top form he displayed in 2012 and 2015.

QDoug Martin
RB FA
Sun 12/30/18 9:57 PM

Martin toted the rock 21 times for 100 yards in Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

It was a bit surprising to see Martin receive 21 carries in a game that the Raiders trailed big from start to finish. Regardless of coaching logic, the veteran took advantage of the opportunity and cashed in for his second straight 100-yard performance. Martin has quietly put himself back on the fantasy map down the stretch, averaging 67.8 rushing yards per game with four touchdowns over his last five contests. The 29-year-old has certainly made himself some money in the upcoming free agency period with this strong finish, as he will probably latch on with a club in a similar backup role to what he served for the Raiders this year.

QDoug Martin
RB FA
Sun 12/16/18 7:04 PM

Martin carried nine times for 39 yards during Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Bengals.

EDGE Analysis

Martin received single-digit carries for the first time since Week 6 and managed a long gain of just nine yards. He failed to bring in his only target in the passing game and now has just two receptions over the last three games combined. Martin rode a three-game touchdown streak into this one, which had given him some fantasy value, but his yardage totals are too light to rely on each week. He'll look to take advantage of a beatable Broncos run defense next Sunday.

QDoug Martin
RB FA
Sun 12/9/18 9:50 PM

Martin rushed 16 times for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' 24-21 win over the Steelers on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

As his final rushing line implies, Martin had a very difficult time finding any running room, but he was able to at least go in from one yard out in the first quarter. It was the veteran's third touchdown in as many games, although he was held without a catch for the first time in eight contests. Martin has now averaged under four yards per carry in two consecutive contests, but he's proven capable of shouldering the lead-back workload while logging double-digit carries in seven consecutive games. Martin will look to boost his overall numbers up against the Bengals in Week 15.

QDoug Martin
RB FA
Sun 12/9/18 3:06 PM

Martin (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

Though listed as questionable for the contest, Martin practiced fully all week, so his availability is not really a surprise. Assuming no setbacks, Martin is in line to head the Raiders' backfield in Week 14, with Jalen Richard set to work in a change-of-pace role and DeAndre Washington on hand in reserve. Meanwhile, newcomer C.J. Anderson is inactive. Martin logged a season-high 18 carries (for 61 yards) in the team's 40-33 loss to the Chiefs in Week 13, but how close he comes to matching that workload Sunday will hinge on game flow in a contest in which the Steelers are clear favorites.

QDoug Martin
RB FA
Sun 12/9/18 8:27 AM

Martin (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, is expected to play, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

EDGE Analysis

Martin was a full practice participant Wednesday through Friday, so it's somewhat surprising he carried an injury designation into the weekend in the first place. Nonetheless, the report should give Martin's fantasy managers more confidence in rolling fantasy lineups for the matchup with the Steelers, who have ranked 11th in the NFL this season with 4.2 yards per carry allowed.