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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Position
RB
 
Jersey
22
Name  Doug Martin
Born  1/13/1989
Height  5-9
Weight  223
College  Boise State
6/10/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: According to the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith indicated Tuesday that he has a high opinion of running back Doug Martin but understands the need for more than one back.
Insight: Bucs OC Jeff Tedford said last week that he believes in alternating running backs. "I think you have to alternate,'' Tedford said. "Even when we had two 1,000-yard rushers (at California), J.J. Arrington was a 2,000-yard rusher and and we had a couple times guys had 1,000 yards apiece. But 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 that type of thing." Bobby Rainey and Mike James both played well last season when Martin was out with a shoulder injury, and the team drafted receiving back Charles Sims in the third round this year. Martin saw 368 touches as a rookie and was on pace for 371 last year before his season-ending injury. He'll probably be closer to 300 this year.
 
5/19/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers choice of West Virginia RB Charles Sims in the third round could take a bite out of starter Doug Martin's fantasy value, particularly his pass-catching numbers.
Insight: Sims is a excellent receiving back, who caught 203 passes for 2,108 and 11 touchdowns, in four years with the Mountaineers.
 
11/8/2013 4:42:00 PM
Description: The Buccaneers have opted to place Doug Martin (shoulder) on injured reserve.
Insight: That means Mike James will keep the running back job the rest of the season. After an impressive rookie year that led to him getting drafted as a top-five fantasy pick this year, Martin disappointed despite getting a huge workload. He'll finish with 456 rushing yards on 127 carries (3.6 ypc), 66 receiving yards on 12 receptions and one total touchdown in six games.
 
11/6/2013 5:20:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers halfback Doug Martin (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday.
Insight: According to ESPN.com, Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said Martin will only play again this season if team doctors believe the running back won't be subject to further damage to his injured shoulder. Mike James is a RB2 Monday against Miami after breaking out against Seattle in Week 9.
 
10/24/2013 7:34:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers halfback Doug Martin is hoping to return from his shoulder injury in Week 10. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: A few days ago it looked like Martin would be out for the season. Now he might only miss two weeks. Mike James will get most of the carries out of Tampa Bay's backfield Thursday night against Carolina.
 
10/23/2013 5:54:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Panthers.
Insight: Martin and coach Greg Schiano have said this week that the running back's torn labrum is not a season-ending injury, but he'll at least have to miss one game. Rookie Mike James will start against Carolina and could see 20 carries given Schiano's preference to run a one-back system. James saw 14 carries Sunday at Atlanta even though Martin suffered his injury in the third quarter.
 
10/22/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin reiterated Tuesday what coach Greg Schiano said Monday: that his shoulder injury isn't necessarily season ending. SOURCE: Roy Cummings, Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Martin says the pain in his shoulder has decreased and his range of motion has improved in the last couple of days. Rookie Mike James is expected to start Thursday against the Panthers and should see 20 carries considering Tampa Bay's other options.
 
10/21/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay halfback Doug Martin has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL Network
Insight: Head coach Greg Schiano refuted a report that the injury would be season-ending though it looks like the Bucs will be without their top running back for the forseeable future. His backup, rookie Mike James, has logged just 17 carries in his first five NFL games.
 
10/21/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin exited Sunday's game against Atlanta with a shoulder injury and left the stadium with his arm in a sling.
Insight: X-rays came back negative, but more tests will likely follow and his availability for Thursday's game with Carolina is definitely in doubt. Mike James is Martin's backup.
 
10/20/2013 2:54:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin left Sunday's game against Atlanta with an apparent shoulder injury.
Insight: Martin retreated to the locker room early in the third quarter after landing on his left shoulder. Mike James is Martin's backup.
 
9/29/2013 6:24:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin saw a huge workload of 30 touches Sunday against Arizona but averaged just 2.03 yards per touch.
Insight: Martin rushed for 45 yards on 27 carries (he had a long gain of 12, so his other 26 carries went for 33 yards) and had three catches for 16 yards. He came in averaging nearly 100 rushing yards per game. The second-year back is on pace for an astounding 428 touches this season.
 
8/19/2013 1:45:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participated in non-contact drills on Monday but that was just precautionary, according to the team's website. He'll likely be a full participant on Tuesday.
Insight: Martin is set for another huge season of running and receiving and this hiccup shouldn't change anything. Fantasy owners who had already drafted him and were holding their breath as the top-five pick went down due to a knee in the head, may now exhale.
 
8/17/2013 9:02:00 AM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said he passed all his concussion tests and could have returned to Friday night's game against the Patriots if the team needed him.
Insight: Fantasy owners who have already drafted and were holding their breath as the top-five pick went down, may now exhale. Hopefully the Bucs' coaches will teach him how to pass block without using his head. Martin is set for another huge season of running and receiving.
 
8/16/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: The Buccaneers' official update on running back Doug Martin wasn't really an update at all. They just said he took a "hard hit" and is out, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Insight: Martin took a knee to the head during Friday's preseason game against New England while trying to pass block. We should have more information tomorrow. If he doesn't have a concussion this shouldn't be a serious concern.
 
8/16/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin left Friday's preseason game after taking a knee to the head while trying to pass protect.
Insight: It's unknown if Martin suffered a concussion on the play, but if he didn't this shouldn't be a major concern. The team should have updates tonight or tomorrow.
 
12/30/2012 7:03:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay halfback Doug Martin ended the season in style, rushing for 142 yards on 28 carries Sunday in a win over Atlanta.
Insight: His 40-yard touchdown sprint was his 11th rushing score of the season. His 1,454 rushing yards this season were the most ever by a Buccaneers rookie.
 
12/9/2012 6:00:00 PM
Description: After a quiet Week 13 against the Broncos, Bucs running back Doug Martin exploded for 128 rushing yards and a touchdown on 28 carries Sunday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: With 1,612 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns, Martin is a bona fide No. 1 fantasy running back. He should be salivating at the thought of facing New Orleans in Week 15.
 
12/3/2012 1:28:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin was held under 60 rushing yards for the second consecutive week and had his lowest two-week rushing total seince Week 3 & 4.
Insight: Martin still totaled 98 yards from scrimmage because of 42 receiving yards, but after being so dominant on the ground the past two weeks are concerning. The good news is that Philadelphia and New Orleans are his next two opponents and they are yielding 117.9 ypg and 158.3 ypg., respectively.
 
11/25/2012 4:28:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay halfback Doug Martin was held to his lowest yardage total since Week 4 Sunday against the Falcons but punched in a pair of one-yard touchdowns.
Insight: Martin carried 21 times for 50 yards and only caught two passes for 13 yards but the two scores saved his day. The rookie has 1,050 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns through 11 games.
 
11/18/2012 7:25:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay halfback Doug Martin scrambled for 138 yards rushing Sunday in an overtime win versus Carolina.
Insight: Martin's day would have been even more spectacular if he hadn't fumbled the ball away on the goal line. He's the first rookie to reach 1,000 yards rushing in 2012.
 

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