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22 Doug Martin RB
Height/Weight: 5-9/215 | Birthdate: 1/13/1989 | Birthplace: Oakland, CA, USA | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Boise State | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 43/16 | Average Draft Position: 25.62
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Lovie Smith: Doug Martin is 'our bell cow'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith referred to running back Doug Martin as the team's "bell cow," reports ESPN.com. Smith also praised Martin's improvement as a pass catcher, a role that will be critical given the serious ankle injury suffered by rookie running back Charles Sims.

"From watching practice, you've seen Doug has caught the ball a lot better," Smith told.

Martin caught 49 passes as a rookie. He said he put in extra work this preseason catching passes to prepare for Jeff Tedford's offense.


Doug Martin racks up 24 yards in exhibition game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin looked sharp during his limited work Saturday night against Miami in exhibition play.

Martin worked the first three series with the first-team offense and played into the second quarter. He took six handoffs for 24 yards, averaging 4.0 yards per attempt. His longest gain was an 8-yard dash on the second drive of the game. He also caught one pass for 4 yards.

Charles Sims injury alters running back situation in Tampa Bay


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) The loss for at least half the season of promising Buccaneers rookie running back Charles Sims will likely result in more carries for Doug Martin. Sims had been considered a threat to take attempts away from Martin, who is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued 2013 season.

Martin was deemed the featured back by Lovie Smith in June. The Sims injury could cement his status, though it could also result in increased work for fellow backs Bobby Rainey and Mike James. Both flashed last year in the absence of Martin. Rainey achieved two 100-yard performances before tailing off late while James rushed for 158 yards against Seattle, no less, and averaged a team-best 4.9 YPC on the season.


Doug Martin a safer No. 2 RB after Sims injury news


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/15/2014) The biggest strike against Doug Martin headed into the season was that a running back the Bucs new coaching staff drafted, one with the same skill set as Martin, would cut into his playing time. That was Charles Sims, and he had the look of being at least a passing downs back for Tampa Bay.

But now that Sims is out until at least Week 10 because of an ankle injury, Martin is back in the saddle as the guy the Buccaneers have to lean on. Mike James and Bobby Rainey will probably spend the rest of the preseason competing for the spot vacated by Sims, but the team has to be more comfortable leaning on Martin. The threat of someone cutting into his carries is gone. Martin will start to pick up steam as a borderline No. 1/No. 2 Fantasy rusher in the coming days. 


Buccaneers won't overuse Doug Martin


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) The Buccaneers often overused running back Doug Martin under coach Greg Schiano, but that won't be the case in the Lovie Smith era, reports ESPN.com. The website expects Martin to remain a feature back but the Bucs "will rotate in some other backs to keep him fresh," mentioning rookie Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James.

Doug Martin to see fewer touches?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/23/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will still be the lead runner for the team but is expected to see fewer carries than he did the past two seasons, the Tampa Tribune believes. The Bucs aren't sure who the backup will be between Mike James and Bobby Rainey but the paper thinks rookie Charles Sims will be utilized for his receiving skills. 

Martin averaged 19.9 carries per game as a rookie and 21.2 carries per game last season before getting hurt. 


Report: Bucs want to 'use a rotation' at running back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Doug Martin is the starter, but the Buccaneers "want to use a rotation at running back," reports ESPN.com. Behind Martin the Buccaneers have Mike James, who averaged 4.9 yards on 60 carries as a rookie; Bobby Rainey (5 touchdowns last year); and third-round rookie Charles Sims, who will start off primarily as a third-down back.

Bucs still planning to rely on Doug Martin


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2014) Even though the Buccaneers plan to use multiple running backs this season, Doug Martin is still the primary option according to coach Lovie Smith, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

"What I've said is I like Doug a lot. Doug's a good football player," Smith said. "Everywhere I've ever been, if you look at my history, our history, we've played more than one running back. ... One running back just can't make it through the season."

In nine seasons in Chicago as the Bears coach, Smith's leading rusher started all 16 games four times, averaging 14.5 starts. Smith's leading rusher each year accounted for 60.4 percent of his team's total rushing yards in Chicago, averaging 1,055 yards per season.

That statistic comes in contrast to what Martin has known in his short Bucs career -- as a rookie in 2012, he rushed for 1,454 yards, or 79.2 percent of the Bucs' team total; in five games in 2013 before his shoulder injury, he rushed for 82.5 percent of the team's total rushing yards.

Smith dismissed talk of a lesser role for Martin on Tuesday as "chatter," maintaining that he'll still have a central role for the Bucs, even if it's part of a group effort from the running backs.


Bucs could rely on multiple running backs


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin might not be a workhorse for Tampa Bay this season under new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Tedford said he believes in alternating running backs, and behind Martin is rookie Charles Sim, Mike James and Bobby Rainey.

"I think you have to alternate," Tedford said Tuesday. "I don’t believe that one back can carry the load. It’s just too physical. I think you probably need to have two to three guys to bring different things to the table. But I think you at least need to have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy and tat type of thing. That's the goal to try and create some depth right there where there's not a dropoff when one guy comes in and another guy goes out. There's no dropoff. We just keep going."

Martin played in only six games last season before suffering a shoulder injury against Atlanta that eventually landed him on injured reserve. James and Rainey were both productive as replacement backs. Sims, at 6-foot, 214-pounds, is a bigger back who caught more than 200 passes in college.


Looks like Charles Sims could land passing downs role


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/19/2014) When Lovie Smith mentioned to the media that rookie running back Charles Sims "gives us a little more in the passing game than what we've had," it suggested that the rookie is already slotted into a role as the passing downs back for the Bucs. 

This is important to note, Fantasy fans, because Doug Martin has previously displayed that he's a good receiver out of the backfield. He caught 49 passes for 472 yards as a rookie and 12 passes for 66 yards in six games last season. By not having that role as part of his regular workload, Martin could lose anywhere from three to eight touches per week to Sims. 

Naturally, Martin is still going to start and remain the primary rusher for the Bucs so long as he's effective. But we think Sims will be locked into that passing-downs role if he can keep up the good hands through training camp. If Martin were to lose playing time it would not be a lock that Sims would pick up the reps -- this is a team that still has Mike James and Bobby Rainey on it. They can work rushing downs. 

Martin is still a Top 12-ish Fantasy running back. Sims is worth a mid- to late-round pick in all leagues, especially and obviously PPR formats. 


Bucs make smart pick with Mike Evans


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) Josh McCown had great success in 2013 with the Bears when he stepped in for the injured Jay Cutler in part because of his receiving corps with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

He doesn't have that same talent with the Buccaneers, but he might not be far off following the NFL Draft. The Bucs drafted Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans at No. 7 overall, and he will join Vincent Jackson as the starters in Tampa Bay.

Now, this doesn't elevate McCown to a starting Fantasy quarterback, but it definitely helps his outlook. Jackson will remain a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver, and Evans has plenty of sleeper appeal with a late-round pick in seasonal leagues.

The Bucs are going to be run-first with Doug Martin, but now they have a legitimate receiving corps, including quality tight ends in Timothy Wright and Brandon Myers.

In dynasty leagues, plan on drafting Evans with a first-round pick, and he will likely be selected in Round 8 or later in re-draft formats.


Doug Martin taking full load of reps


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said running back Doug Martin, who's coming off shoulder surgery, has "taken every rep we've asked him to" at the team's voluntary minicamp, reports the Tampa Tribune.

“To finally see him on the football field, he’s compact and he runs downhill an awful lot, but the wiggle that he has, he can make people miss in the open field,’’ Smith said. “And he’s a happy guy. I like being around him. He takes coaching well."


Lovie Smith raves about Doug Martin


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin tore his labrum Week 7 and underwent surgery, ending his 2013 season. New coach Lovie Smith said Martin is showing no ill effects.

"Did he have an injury last year? It doesn't look like it right now," Smith told the Tampa Tribune.


Report: Doug Martin will stay as 'main ball carrier'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/14/2014) Doug Martin fans should expect the Bucs' third-year running back to stay on the field and in on the touches for the running backs just as much as before he got hurt. ESPN believes Martin will still be "the main ball carrier" for the Buccaneers, even if coach Lovie Smith says his team will use a rotation. Per the report, Mike James and Bobby Rainey will get worked in, but they'll only take enough work to keep Martin fresh compared to when Martin did almost everything with Greg Schiano as head coach. 

Over 22 career games Martin has 507 touches, or 23.05 per game. Knowing Smith's wishes to run the ball, it wouldn't be surprising to see Martin get that kind of work in weeks where the Bucs aren't getting blown out. There's no doubt he remains appealing as a Top 15 Fantasy running back worth a second-round pick. 


Doug Martin has full range of motion in shoulder


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who's working out with his teammates, said he has full range of motion in his surgically-repaired shoulder, according to Pewter Report. Martin called new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford "an offensive genius" and said he's looking forward to being pushed by fellow backs Mike James and Bobby Rainey.

Doug Martin: I'm cleared


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who tore his labrum in Week 7 and underwent surgery, tweeted that he's been medically cleared. New coach Lovie Smith says he'll "lean on" Martin as his lead back in 2014.

Bucs to lean on Doug Martin over Mike James, Bobby Rainey


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/31/2014) New Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith plans to lean on running back Doug Martin this season, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Martin is expected to be 100 percent recovered from last year's shoulder injury.

"We're going to lean on one guy, but I like the rotation," Smith said of Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey. "I think you have to have a bell cow. He's ours. At the running back position, there are enough reps to go along. We want three guys we feel comfortable with. Two will play, but it's not a rotation that where every series we're going to have a different guy in there."


Doug Martin says he feels 'great'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who's coming back from a torn labrum, said his shoulder is quickly getting back to normal.

"I feel great, my arm is about to get cleared this week," Martin told the Tampa Bay Times. "I'm just getting my strength back. It's been too long since I've been out of the game."


Doug Martin nearing clearance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin expects to be medically cleared in time for the start of organized team activities next week, after recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum that ended his season.

Martin was struggling even before the injury last season, rushing for 456 yards one 127 carries in six games. He is expected to remain the top running back on the depth chart for the 2014 season.


Tedford's RB take could hurt Doug Martin


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/16/2014) New Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford said Wednesday he likes the idea of using multiple backs, referencing his days coaching at Cal when he had two backs rotating in and out. Per the official team website he specifically talked about having versatile backs who also have good speed. 

Tedford has a talented back in Doug Martin, who missed a big chunk of last season with a torn labrum. Mike James was first up to replace him and was all right until he broke his ankle. Bobby Rainey filled in the rest of the way and showed some incredible flashes. 

But Tedford will have to sort out that situation and it could lead to some turmoil for Fantasy owners. Doug Martin should nail down the lead job but losing him on third downs or alternating series (or however Tedford plans on splitting up the workload) could put a wet blanket on his numbers. It will make another back more appealing -- the hunch is that James will outmuscle Rainey since Rainey's pass protection isn't as polished as James'. 

If there's a silver lining it's that Tedford wants a back who can "bang it in" at the goal line. That job suits Martin just fine. If those opportunities are available to Martin then he should rebound for Fantasy owners. 


Buccaneers plan 1-2 punch in backfield


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Doug Martin will be the lead back in Tampa Bay in 2014, but new Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is talking up a 1-2 punch in the backfield, according to the team's website. That could mean pairing Martin with Mike James or Bobby Rainey or someone else.

"I've been very fortunate to be around a lot of great backs – Michael Pittman, who played here; Maurice Morris, at Oregon," Tedford said. "And then through Cal we were really fortunate to always have two really good backs, whether it was J.J. Arrington and Marshawn Lynch who were together; and then Marshawn and Justin Forsett were together; and Marshawn and Jahvid Best; then Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen. We really always had a real good 1-2 punch in the backfield, and I think that's what you need.

"I think for one guy to carry the load the whole time, especially as physical as this level is, [is difficult]. [You need] to have two and probably three backs that are quality backs that can provide different things for you, as far as third-down backs are concerned, catching the ball out of the backfield, pass protection, all the things to be able to create some matchups.

"I think it's important to find guys that are versatile that can do those things, and then have great speed. When I say 'speed in space,' [I mean] to get out-flanked and get guys in the open field that can make guys miss and be explosive with big plays."


Doug Martin to have labrum surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2013) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will have surgery to repair a torn labrum Friday.

The team had initially waited to see if Martin would respond to rehab before shutting him down for the season. He was placed on injured reserve last Friday. There is currently no timetable for his recovery. 


Doug Martin placed on season-ending IR


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2013) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been placed on season-ending IR.

Martin had been trying to come back from a shoulder injury, which has caused him to miss the past two games. The move will end Martin's second professional season. He finishes the year rushing for 456 yards and one touchdown in six games. 


Doug Martin's timetable still unclear


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2013) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin still doesn't have a timetable for his shoulder injury.

Martin's injury is said to be improving, but the team still isn't sure whether he'll be able to suit up again this year. Head coach Greg Schiano said that determination will be made in the "upcoming weeks," and that he would inform the media of the decision. Martin has to be cleared by team doctors, but the team also needs to determine whether it's in his best interest to play at that time. Martin said things were getting better, but stressed it was still a day-to-day process. 

Martin has played in six games this season.


Backup's success not affecting Bucs' decision with Doug Martin


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2013) Although he sat out practice Wednesday, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said his left shoulder injury is improving. Martin said will require surgery at some point, but he hasn't ruled out playing again this season.

"Everything is looking good," Martin said, per The Tampa Tribune. "I’m doing everything the trainer’s telling me and it is improving. The pain’s decreasing and the range of motion is increasing."

Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the success of running back Mike James won't have an impact on Martin's potential return to the lineup.

"(James’ success) doesn’t affect our urgency," Schiano said. "It’s about having as many good players you can have on your 46-man game-day roster to help you win. It’s just a matter of dealing with Doug and our trainers and doctors -- is he OK to play and is it in his best interest? What is best for everybody involved?"