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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
current status: Off season
#22 RB | 5'9", 215 lbs. | Tampa Bay
Birth Date:January 13, 1989 (25 years old) Place of Birth:Oakland, CA Hometown:Stockton, CA College:Boise State
Drafted:Drafted by Tampa Bay in 2012 (1/31).
Drafted:Drafted by Tampa Bay in 2012 (1/31).
|Assets:||Uses his compact build to his advantage by powering himself through the line, has nice vision and acceleration, can cut back when needed and will adjust to defenses to move the chains. Can also make some catches in the short range and particularly excels on screen plays.|
|Flaws:||Definitely needs to work on his blocking skills as a pass protector (especially since he's undersized). Possesses only average long-speed. Not a patient runner as he tends to outrun his blockers. Lacks game-breaking skills.|
|Career Potential:||Elite all-round featured back.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NFL||Named to play in Pro Bowl||2012 (injury replacement)|
Movements & Injuries
|11/08/2013||Shoulder injury, injured reserve.|
|11/01/2013||Shoulder injury, out.|
|10/23/2013||Shoulder injury, out.|
|6/04/2012||Signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a five-year contract.|
|4/26/2012||Drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1st round (31st Overall) in 2012.|
Bucs OC hints he wants to use multiple RBs | 01/16/2014 10:53 AM
NewsNew Bucs OC Jeff Tedford said he plans to use multiple running backs on offense in order to keep everybody fresh and force defenses to adjust to his personnel.
Impact"When I was at (the University of California) we were always very fortunate to have two very good backs, whether it was J.J. Arrington and Marshawn Lynch or Lynch and Justin Forsett, or Lynch and Jahvid Best or Best and Shane Vereen,'' Tedford said. "We really had a good one-two punch in the backfield there and I think that's what you need. For one guy to carry the load the whole time, especially as physical as this level is, is a lot." Make no mistake, the Bucs are going to be a run-first team in 2014, so Doug Martin isn't going to hurt for touches. However, Mike James, Bobby Rainey, or others could also be heavily involved.
Bucs planning for power running game | 01/06/2014 3:48 PM
NewsCoach Lovie Smith anticipates the Bucs fielding a "power running game" with "big-play ability in the passing game" under new OC Jeff Tedford.
ImpactSmith specifically mentioned Doug Martin as a building block. Lovie also said he wants to "bring back" the Bucs' old smash-mouth style of play, with the NFL's most physical defense and a run-oriented offense. The hire of defensive-minded Smith bodes well for Martin's 2014 fantasy outlook. He won't hurt for touches.
Bucs place RB Doug Martin on injured reserve | 11/08/2013 4:08 PM
NewsBucs placed RB Doug Martin on injured reserve with torn labrum in his shoulder, ending his season.
ImpactRookie Mike James will be Tampa's feature back the rest of the way, offering RB2/flex value. Martin's sophomore year was a major disappointment after he ranked No. 2 in fantasy scoring among running backs as a 2012 rookie, behind only Adrian Peterson. The future remains bright for Martin in Tampa Bay, but all Bucs skill-position players would likely benefit from a coaching change. And we fully expect one to come this offseason. Through 22 career NFL games, Martin has 13 touchdowns and a 4.3 YPC average. He's lost just two fumbles. Dynasty and keeper league owners should cling tightly to Martin. He's still likely to be a second-round pick in re-draft leagues next year.
Bucs 'leaning toward' I.R. for Doug Martin | 11/07/2013 5:02 PM
NewsThe Tampa Bay Times reports the Bucs will make a decision on Doug Martin's (shoulder) rest-of-season status before Monday's game against the Dolphins, and are "leaning toward" placing him on injured reserve.
Tampa Bay Times
Impact"You know I think it's really just going to be a medical decision," coach Greg Schiano said Thursday. The Bucs would be more inclined to push Martin were their season not in the gutter, but it is, and they have little to gain by putting their franchise rusher at risk of further injury. We highly doubt Martin plays another down this season, leaving feature duties to Mike James.
Doug Martin decision in next few weeks | 11/07/2013 11:29 AM
NewsCoach Greg Schiano said a decision on Doug Martin (shoulder) will be made in "the upcoming weeks."
ImpactMartin is holding out hope that he can play through his labrum tear and then undergo surgery after the season. But even Schiano seems to think that might not be the best plan for an 0-8 team. "Truly, [it's a matter of] the doctors and the trainers telling me that he's capable to do this and there's no risk of further injury, [that] he's strong enough," said Schiano Wednesday. "And even then, we've got to make a decision organizationally, is it the best thing to do?"
Bucs won't let Martin do more shoulder damage | 11/06/2013 5:17 PM
NewsCoach Greg Schiano said Doug Martin will only be allowed to play again this season if doctors believe he can't do further damage to his shoulder.
ImpactMartin will need surgery to repair his torn labrum at some point. But he is holding out hope that he'll get cleared to play through the injury this year and then go under the knife in the offseason. Given that the Bucs are 0-8, it's hard to see the franchise letting one of their most talented players back on the field. For now, Martin is just week to week.
Doug Martin (shoulder) not practicing Wed. | 11/06/2013 12:14 PM
NewsDoug Martin (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.
Rick Stroud on Twitter
ImpactCoach Greg Schiano said last week that Martin will need surgery, though the team has declined to rule him out for the season. Mike James will get another start this week against the Dolphins on Monday night. He's a middling RB2.
Bucs declare Week 9 inactives | 11/03/2013 2:46 PM
NewsBucs declared RB Doug Martin, RB Jeff Demps, CB Devereon Carr, S Dashon Goldson, G Patrick Omameh, G Carl Nicks, and WR Chris Owusu inactive for Week 9 against the Seahawks.
ImpactMartin (shoulder) is out indefinitely and needs surgery, though coach Greg Schiano still hasn't ruled him out for the year. Mike James gets another start.
Schiano: Doug Martin will need surgery | 11/01/2013 5:48 PM
NewsBucs coach Greg Schiano acknowledged Friday Doug Martin will eventually need surgery on his torn shoulder labrum.
Joe Bucs Fan
Impact"Eventually, he'll need to get it repaired," said Schiano, while insisting Martin could still return this year. Why the Bucs in good faith would let Martin play through a torn labrum is beyond us, but it's obviously irresponsible. They haven't won a game all year. It's a situation where ownership needs to step in.
Doug Martin all but ruled out for Week 9 | 10/31/2013 1:43 PM
NewsSpeaking Thursday, Bucs coach Greg Schiano effectively ruled Doug Martin (shoulder) out for Week 9.
Pewter Report on Twitter
ImpactWhy the Bucs have yet to make Martin's absence officially official is anyone's guess, but it probably has something to do with far-fetched "competitive reasons." Mike James will handle early downs against the Seahawks, with Brian Leonard in line for passing-down work. Martin is unlikely to be ready for Week 10.
Bucs hoping Doug Martin can play soon | 10/29/2013 8:47 AM
NewsSpeaking Monday, coach Greg Schiano said Doug Martin (shoulder) will "hopefully" be able to play "soon."
Scott Smith on Twitter
ImpactSchiano conceded that right now, Martin can't play. That means Mike James will get another start Sunday, this time in a nearly impossible matchup at Seattle. Martin's timetable is extremely fluid as playing through a torn labrum for an 0-7 team appears counterproductive. Previous reports had Martin's timetable at anywhere from two weeks to two months.
Report: Doug Martin (shoulder) out 2-8 weeks | 10/25/2013 8:52 AM
NewsFOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports Doug Martin (shoulder) could be out "two weeks to two months."
Alex Marvez on Twitter
ImpactIt's believed that Martin is dealing with a torn labrum, but the team has yet to reveal anything. All we know is that both Martin and the Bucs don't believe the injury is season-ending. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday afternoon that Martin is targeting a Week 10 return. If he experiences any setbacks over the next 18 days, the Bucs will reportedly shut him down. Martin owners need to hold on until we find out more over the next 2-3 weeks.
Report: Doug Martin eyeing Week 11 return | 10/24/2013 4:30 PM
NewsNFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bucs are "optimistic" about getting Doug Martin (shoulder) back this season, and that Martin is targeting Week 10 for a potential return.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Doug Martin (shoulder) officially ruled out | 10/23/2013 4:32 PM
NewsDoug Martin (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Week 8.
Scott Smith on Twitter
ImpactMartin is out indefinitely with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but insists he's not done for the season. Mike James will get the start against the Panthers on Thursday night, with Brian Leonard serving as the primary third down back.
Doug Martin insists his season isn't over | 10/23/2013 8:08 AM
NewsDoug Martin insists he's not out for the season with his shoulder injury.
Impact"No," he said when asked if the injury might end his second NFL campaign. "Right now, I'm doing treatment on it with the trainers and taking it day by day and seeing how it feels." Torn labrums are tricky injuries because the best course of action isn't always definitive like it would be with a torn ACL or broken bone. Martin is trying a rest-and-rehab regiment before making any decisions on surgery. "It's definitely gotten better," he said. "And my range of motion has increased day to day." Martin's left arm remains in a sling. For now, we're considering him out indefinitely.
Doug Martin: Season not 'necessarily' over | 10/22/2013 6:22 PM
NewsSpeaking Tuesday, Doug Martin said his shoulder injury is "not necessarily season ending," and that his "range of motion has improved."
Roy Cummings on Twitter
ImpactIt's unclear if Martin is waiting for a second opinion, or if the team has simply decided to see how he responds to rest and rehab. Either way, he's not going to play Thursday, and is doubtful, at best, for Week 9.
Doug Martin not practicing for Week 8 | 10/22/2013 4:35 PM
NewsDoug Martin (shoulder) isn't practicing ahead of Thursday's game.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
ImpactMartin isn't going to play Thursday, or perhaps the rest of the season. The team appears to be awaiting the results of a second opinion before announcing his status, however. Mike James will get the start against the Panthers, and is worth FLEXing in fantasy leagues.
Bucs still hoping Doug Martin isn't done | 10/22/2013 12:01 PM
NewsThe Bucs are still "holding out hope" that Doug Martin (shoulder) isn't out for the season.
Jeff Darlington on Twitter
ImpactCoach Greg Schiano declined to provide any kind of update on Tuesday. On Monday, a variety of reliable sources reported that Martin did tear his labrum and would likely miss the rest of the year. We suspect the Muscle Hamster is getting a second opinion on that diagnosis as we speak. Owners can't drop Martin until he's officially ruled out, but things are not looking good. Mike James will start Thursday's game against the Panthers.
Schiano: Martin's injury isn't season-ending | 10/21/2013 2:50 PM
NewsSpeaking Monday, Bucs coach Greg Schiano admitted it would be a "stretch" for Doug Martin (shoulder) to play in Week 8, but that the team does not believe his injury is season-ending.
Roy Cummings on Twitter
ImpactTake it with a grain of salt - this is Greg Schiano we're talking about here - but it's unlikely Schiano would project such positivity if he truly feared Martin's season was over. Of course, Schiano did not provide a timetable for Martin's return, so he should still be considered out indefinitely. Mike James will get the start on Thursday against the Panthers. It's possible Martin's status won't be meaningfully updated until next week.
Reports: Doug Martin (labrum) done for season | 10/21/2013 11:34 AM
NewsAccording to multiple reports, Doug Martin sustained a labrum tear Sunday and is out for the season.
Albert Breer on Twitter
Report: Doug Martin's shoulder injury serious | 10/21/2013 10:48 AM
NewsAccording to the NFL Network, Doug Martin's shoulder injury is serious.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
ImpactWe're still awaiting official word on Martin's MRI, but Ian Rapoport says Martin "could be out several weeks or longer." Shoulder injuries are especially tough for a running back to play through since they take so many direct hits on that area. It's a painful setback for a player that was already struggling to the tune of 3.59 YPC with one touchdown in six games in his second NFL season. Mike James needs to be added in all formats, but he'll face three stiff tests in a row with the Panthers, Seahawks and Dolphins on deck.
Looking 'tough' for Doug Martin to play Thurs | 10/21/2013 9:47 AM
NewsESPN's Adam Schefter says it will be "tough" for Doug Martin (shoulder) to play in Thursday's game against the Panthers.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ImpactAs previously reported, Martin's shoulder was in a sling after Sunday's loss and he's headed for an MRI. In a best-case scenario, the second-year back just has a bad bruise. Given the short week, even that would be tough to play through. Mike James is Martin's backup.
Doug Martin in a sling, more tests are coming | 10/20/2013 8:48 PM
NewsDoug Martin (shoulder) was spotted with his arm in a sling following Sunday's loss to the Falcons.
ImpactX-rays came back negative and Martin insisted his shoulder was not separated. That said, he'll go for more testing once the Bucs get back to Tampa. "We're still evaluating what it is," said Martin. "Just have to hope for the best." The Bucs play on Thursday in Week 8, giving the second-year back very little time to get healed up. His backup is Mike James.
Doug Martin's x-rays come back negative | 10/20/2013 6:13 PM
NewsX-rays to Doug Martin's left shoulder came back negative.
Rick Stroud on Twitter
ImpactIt's good news, but he'll undergo more tests Monday to rule out any structural damage. Martin's status for Thursday night's game against the Panthers is up in the air. Mike James rushed for 45 yards on 14 carries filling in on Sunday and will draw the start if he misses time.
Doug Martin leaves game with shoulder injury | 10/20/2013 2:54 PM
NewsDoug Martin left Sunday's Week 7 game against the Falcons with a shoulder injury.
Doug Martin comes up 1 yard short of TD | 10/13/2013 4:21 PM
NewsDoug Martin rushed 16 times for 67 yards and caught four passes for 24 yards in Sunday's Week 6 loss to the Eagles.
ImpactMartin's best run of the day was a 24-yard burst up the gut down to the 1-yard line. But instead of rewarding their workhorse with a touchdown plunge, the Bucs called a successful goal-line fade to Vincent Jackson. Martin isn't finding enough holes behind a scuffling Bucs line, but his volume is massive. He's now averaging 25.4 touches per game heading into a tasty matchup with the Falcons in Week 7.
Doug Martin erased in loss to Arizona | 09/29/2013 4:47 PM
NewsDoug Martin find zero running room in Tampa's Week 4 loss to the Cardinals, rushing 27 times for just 45 yards.
ImpactHe added three catches for 16 yards. Spiller simply had nowhere to go against a Cardinals defense that didn't respect the pass against rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. Martin spent the afternoon running into piles, rarely emerging with extra yards. That should change in Week 6 when he squares off with the Eagles' swiss-cheese defense. With 25 percent of the season in the books, Martin is on pace for 1,508 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns. This will likely go down as his worst four-game stretch of the season.
Doug Martin totals 108 yards in loss to Pats | 09/22/2013 4:22 PM
NewsDoug Martin rushed 20 times for 88 yards in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Patriots, adding two catches for 20 yards.
ImpactWith the Pats bearing down on the box thanks to Josh Freeman's ineptitude, there just weren't many running lanes to come by. All things considered, it was a positive that Martin still managed 4.4 yards per carry. Interestingly, Martin also split out a handful of times as an outside receiver, narrowly missing a deep ball touchdown in the process. The deteriorating situation in Tampa may have some Martin owners worried, but he's done nothing through the first three weeks to suggest he's anything other than a high-end RB1. The Bucs get the Cardinals in Week 4.
Doug Martin's 144 yards aren't enough | 09/15/2013 8:44 PM
NewsDoug Martin rushed 29 times for 144 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Saints.
ImpactShowing special burst and power at the end of runs, the Bucs wisely tried to ride Martin to a win. Only undisciplined penalties and a late missed field goal by Rian Lindell prevented them from doing so. Martin got every running back carry but one, although he did hurt PPR owners with no catches on just one target. That won't be a trend. Martin caught 49 balls a year ago. He gets the Patriots in Week 3.
Doug Martin totals 64 yards, touchdown | 09/08/2013 6:19 PM
NewsDoug Martin rushed 24 times for 65 yards and a touchdown, and lost one yard on two receptions in Week 1.
ImpactIt was a rough day at the office for the entire Bucs offense against an underrated Jets defense. Martin's heavy workload carried him, but he lost a fumble and had nowhere to run between the tackles. Expect Martin to have a much more successful and efficient rushing game in Week 2 against the Saints.
Doug Martin expected to play on third downs | 09/02/2013 8:07 AM
NewsDoug Martin is expected to play on third downs this season.
ImpactMartin piled up 1,926 total yards and 49 catches as a rookie despite playing "sparingly" on third downs. This year, Brian Leonard and Mike James will only come on the field when the Boise State product is exhausted. Martin is feeling fine despite taking a blow to the head in mid-August and not playing at all in the final two exhibition games. "I have no doubt that I am in even better shape than I was last year," he said. "I'm ready to go. I practice at game speed ... and that's all I need."
Doug Martin may not play in dress rehearsal | 08/23/2013 11:14 AM
NewsDoug Martin (head) is 100 percent healthy, but coach Greg Schiano is uncertain if he'll play in Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal.
Tampa Bay Times
ImpactMartin got in a full week of practice after his concussion tests came back negative. Martin wants to suit up against the Dolphins, but concedes it's "up to the coaches." Whether or not Martin plays, the takeaway is that he's 100 percent. He remains locked in as a top-three fantasy talent.
Doug Martin cleared for non-contact practice | 08/19/2013 11:55 AM
NewsDoug Martin (head) participated in non-contract drills in Monday's practice.
Bucs on Twitter
ImpactThe Bucs deemed the "non-contact" designation a precaution, hinting Martin could return to full practice as early as Tuesday. He should be ready to roll for Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.
Bucs HC Schiano: Martin 'is going to be fine' | 08/17/2013 8:10 AM
NewsBucs coach Greg Schiano stated after Friday night's "blow to the head" that Doug Martin "is going to be fine."
Tampa Bay Times
ImpactMartin's "head" injury caused major worry in the fantasy community late Friday. "Doug is going to be fine," Schiano said. "He got hit in the head, but he cleared really quickly." Martin told reporters he passed all his concussion tests and could've returned to Friday night's preseason game had it been meaningful. "It was just a tough play," he said. "Things happen." Martin will now know that he can't lower his helmet in pass protection.
Bucs say Doug Martin left due to 'hard hit' | 08/16/2013 10:37 PM
NewsThe Bucs "official" update on Doug Martin's head injury was a "hard hit," and he was ruled out for the rest of Friday's preseason game.
Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactIn other words, there are no details on the injury. Fantasy owners will just have to wait and see. Martin was injured on a blitz-pickup attempt in the first quarter and never returned. The Bucs' No. 2 running back job is murky, with Peyton Hillis, Brian Leonard, and rookie Mike James all in the hunt.
Doug Martin exits after taking blow to head | 08/16/2013 8:59 PM
NewsDoug Martin exited Friday night's preseason game against the Patriots after absorbing a "blow to the head."
ImpactHe took a knee to the top of his helmet attempting to pick up a blitz. The extent of Martin's injury -- assuming he has one -- is unknown, but there's a chance he suffered a concussion. Through two preseason games, Martin has three carries for four yards. Peyton Hillis stepped into the lineup after Martin's exit.
Doug Martin piles up yards after contact | 07/21/2013 10:42 AM
NewsDoug Martin ranked second in the NFL in rushing yards after contact in 2012, behind only Adrian Peterson.
ImpactThe gap between Peterson and Martin was large -- AP had 1,109 yards after contact to Muscle Hamster's 683 -- but Martin outperformed more well-known backs like Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Frank Gore, Steven Jackson, Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice, and Chris Johnson in this area. It's more confirmation that Martin is the real deal. He's locked in as Rotoworld's No. 2 fantasy back for 2013.
Schiano heaps praise on Doug Martin | 06/11/2013 1:52 PM
NewsBucs coach Greg Schiano says Doug Martin "looks better physically" than he did as a rookie, and believes he can "(take) his game to another level" this season.
Rick Stroud on Twitter
ImpactIt's not exactly a surprise, but Schiano has been heaping praise on his second-year back all offseason. Already proven as an every-down warrior who can handle himself both near the goal-line and in the passing game, Martin will challenge for top-three status at running back this season.
Doug Martin looking good at OTAs | 06/04/2013 11:55 AM
NewsCoach Greg Schiano said Doug Martin is looking "really good" during OTAs.
Tampa Bay Times
ImpactAs a rookie, Martin ranked fourth in carries (319), fifth in rushing yards (1,454) and tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns (11). His extremely quiet offseason can only be characterized as a good thing. For now, The Bucs only have sixth-round rookie Mike James, 2012 seventh-rounder Michael Smith and fullback Brian Leonard as backups. Martin is set up to push for 350-plus touches once again and is currently Rotoworld's No. 2 fantasy running back.
Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Carries||29||vs. NO||Week 2||29|
|Rushing Yards||144||vs. NO||Week 2||251|
|Rushing TD||1||at NYJ||Week 1||4|
|Receptions||4||vs. Phi||Week 6||7|
|Receiving Yards||24||vs. Phi||Week 6||79|
|Receiving TD||0||6 times-last:at Atl||last:Week 7||1|
|Total Yards||144||vs. NO||Week 2||272|
|Total TD||1||at NYJ||Week 1||4|
|Kick Returns||1||at NYJ||Week 1||0|
|Kick Returns Yards||40||at NYJ||Week 1||0|
|Kick Returns TD||0||6 times-last:at Atl||last:Week 7||0|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Rushing Yards||1454||2012 (TB)|
|Average (Yds/Carries)||4.6||2012 (TB)|
|Rushing TD||11||2012 (TB)|
|Receiving Yards||472||2012 (TB)|
|Average (Yds/Rec)||9.6||2012 (TB)|
|Receiving TD||1||2012 (TB)|
|Total Yards||1926||2012 (TB)|
|Total TD||12||2012 (TB)|