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Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:18:15 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, replacing San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore.
Fantasy Tip: Martin is the fourth RB in franchise history to go to the Pro Bowl, joining Mike Alstott (1997-2002), Warrick Dunn (1997, 2000) and James Wilder (1984). Martin is also the first Bucs rookie to go to the game since former KR Clifton Smith (2008).
Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:49:39 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin finished second in the NFL in 2012, posting 683 yards after contact. Only Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (1,019 yards) was better.
Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:33:02 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushed for 142 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries in Week 17 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Sat, 22 Dec 2012 08:10:24 -0800
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has gained most of his yards this season after contact. He has 909 yards after contact. The closest in that category are Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (572) and Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris (543).
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:08:27 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said that he will not lighten the workload of RB Doug Martin because the team has been eliminated from playoff contention. Schiano said the team is trying to establish a culture of winning.
Sun, 09 Dec 2012 20:22:33 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin carried 28 times for 128 yards and a touchdown in the Week 14 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles. He also had three receptions, but went for just four yards.
Fantasy Tip: Martin had his first 100-yard rushing game dating back to Week 11. Martin has two or more catches in each of his past 11 games, making him a favorite of fantasy owners in PPR leagues. He remains a must-start in all fantasy formats going forward.
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 08:52:49 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin insists he has not hit the rookie wall despite been held to 106 yards rushing and a 2.7-yards-per carry average during the past two games. "That stuff about the rookie wall, I don't feel that at all," Martin said. "My body feels great and my mind is clear." Martin acknowledged that he has had "two rough weeks," but he believes additional film study and more attention to detail will take care of any concerns.
Wed, 05 Dec 2012 08:45:33 -0800
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have averaged just 60.5 yards rushing during their two-game losing streak, the lowest average in the league the past two weeks. Prior to those two games, the team had been averaging 128.9 rushing yards per game. In the games Tampa Bay has won, RB Doug Martin has averaged 5.4 yards per rush between the tackles and 3.1 yards before contact. He's also had five rushes between the tackles that went for more than 20 yards. In the losses, Martin has averaged 3.6 yards when running between the tackles and 1.6 yards before contact with only one rush that went for more than 20 yards. There is speculation that Martin may have hit the "rookie wall."
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 05:10:41 -0800
In Week 13, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin did not have a single rush of at least 10 yards for the first time this season. He finished with 18 rushes for 56 yards.
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 19:19:39 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin carried 18 times for 56 yards in the Week 13 game against the Denver Broncos, and he added three receptions for 42 yards.
Fantasy Tip: The yardage total from scrimmage was fair, but fantasy owners need touchdowns. Martin has failed to reach the end zone in three of his past four games since his breakout 251-yard, four-touchdown performance in Week 9. Still, he remains a must-start in all fantasy leagues.
Sun, 25 Nov 2012 15:08:00 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12.
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 06:55:06 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin leads the NFL with 1,319 yards from scrimmage this season.
Sun, 18 Nov 2012 17:42:54 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin carried 24 times for 138 yards in Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers, although he failed to find the end zone and he put the ball on the ground once. Martin joined Hall of Fame RB Eric Dickerson and former Indianapolis Colts RB Edgerrin James as the only rookies in NFL history with 1,000-plus yards from scrimmage during a six-game span.
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:53:13 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin carried 19 times for 68 yards in Week 10 against the San Diego Chargers, and he added three receptions for 51 yards.
Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:16:29 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for October.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:59:46 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Demar Dotson said Monday, Nov. 5, that the offensive line quieted any "naysayers" in the Week 9 game against the Oakland Raiders. The line helped blow open holes, allowing RB Doug Martin to rush for a franchise-record 251 yards and four touchdowns.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 09:53:32 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin had 197 rushing yards before contact in the team's Week 9 game - the most yardage before contact by a running back in the NFL since 2009. Martin finished with 251 yards on the ground.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 07:59:57 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin's 486 yards from scrimmage in the past two games are the most in a two-game span since former NFL RB Walter Payton in 1977.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 04:34:36 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin became the first player in NFL history in Week 9 with three rushing touchdowns of at least 45 yards in one game. He also had 251 rushing yards, third-most by a rookie in NFL history.
Sun, 04 Nov 2012 18:06:20 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin carried 25 times for 251 yards and four rushing touchdowns (45, 67, 70, 1) in Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders. He set the single-game rushing yardage franchise record, and he joined former Denver Broncos RB Mike Anderson as the only player in NFL history to run for 250 or more yards in a game with four rushing TDs.
Wed, 31 Oct 2012 05:55:58 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is tied for fourth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 767.
Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:16:47 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie RB Doug Martin set a career high with 214 total yards during the team's Week 8 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Martin had 29 carries for 135 yards rushing and a score on the ground. He also caught three passes for 79 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown on a screen pass. His receiving touchdown was the first of his career.
Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:36:39 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount may have lost his job as the club's goal-line back after failing to punch it in three times from the one-yard line in the team's Week 7 loss to the New Orleans Saints. RB Doug Martin may be used in those situations moving forward.
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:36:20 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a different approach in their Week 6 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, going with a pass-first approach. "When they're throwing eight (defenders) in the box because they think their corners can cover, we have to make big plays so they can start taking people out the box and we can run the ball," WR Mike Williams said. "That's basically what they did yesterday. They put eight in the box and put pressure on their corners. Then, in the second half, they went back to back to the two-high (safeties) and the running game opened. We like that, too." RBs Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount combined for 97 yards in the second half.
Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:17:02 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount has been performing well in practice, which could his bid to see more carries on gameday. "I think LeGarrette has practiced better the last couple weeks," head coach Greg Schiano said. "I think when you prepare better you play better." Schiano thinks both Blount and RB Doug Martin can play off each other successfully because they have different running styles and body types.
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:07:27 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin said he is not concerned that his longest run this season is 17 yards because he expects longer runs to occur as the season progresses. "As a running back, you've got to be patient. They'll come. They'll come. We've got a lot of the season left, and we'll just keep talking to the line, keep practicing and they'll come. … It's really just a matter of guys staying on blocks, me hitting the hole and all of us following the details," Martin said. Head coach Greg Schiano said he expects a better running game when the offensive linemen get more comfortable with each other.
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:17:24 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin carried eight times for 33 yards in the Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins, and he added two grabs for nine yards.
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:02:45 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said the running game is not where he wants it to be, and that may result in RB LeGarrette Blount getting more carries, resulting in more of a 1-2 punch with RB Doug Martin.
Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:19:36 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin carried 20 times for 66 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the New York Giants. He was also targeted three times out of the backfield, but he did not post any receptions.
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:31:01 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said RB Doug Martin is in great physical condition to handle a heavy workload; however, the head coach is not sure Martin will have 28 touches every week, as he did in Week 1. "I do think it's a feel thing game to game," Schiano said. "But 28 touches … that's a lot of touches. Now, has it been done? Sure. Has it been done by rookies? So it's not unheard of. But we'll go one game at a time, and then you've just got to keep an eye on him as the season rolls on."
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 22:48:27 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin made his first NFL start in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, and he picked up 95 rushing yards on 24 carries. Martin also posted four receptions for 23 yards.
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 12:37:17 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said that carries between RBs Doug Martin, LeGarrette Blount and Danny Ware will be split based on a "feeling."
Fantasy Tip: Not exactly a ringing endorsement for any of the three options. While it is expected that Martin will get the bulk of the carries, monitor the situation early in the season to see exactly how carries will be divided between the three.
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 22:47:03 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount is expected to spell RB Doug Martin early in games when the rookie needs a breather, and he might possibly work in the fourth quarter as a finisher when the Buccaneers are leading games.
Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:12:07 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said that RB LeGarrette Blount could win back the starting running back job if he outperforms RB Doug Martin. "We don't hand out jobs and sign them over," Schiano said.
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 06:03:05 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano indicated RB Doug Martin has overtaken RB LeGarrette Blount for the team's starting running back job. Martin moved into the starting lineup Friday, Aug. 24, and he won't be replaced any time soon. Schiano has been impressed with Martin's ability to play three downs. "That's why he moved in and started the game; because he has shown me that much," Schiano said. "And I don't think he did anything (Friday) night that would say, 'Oh, that wasn't a good move.' I thought he ran the ball well and did some things well. So right now, he's got to continue on that course. He's learning every day. And he's a very open-minded guy. He wants to learn."
Fantasy Tip: With Martin now expected to open the season as the starter, he should be regarded as a solid RB2 or flex option for owners.
Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:33:59 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mossis Madu is in a battle for a roster spot, and with the Bucs drafting RBs Doug Martin and Michael Smith, it will not be an easy battle. Madu is working hard on special teams, hoping that gets him noticed.
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:26:19 -0700
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said Friday, Aug. 17, that the injury RB LeGarrette Blount (groin) suffered in the preseason game Friday was a groin injury and not a knee issue. The injury is not believed to be serious. Blount is vying for the starting tailback job with RB Doug Martin.
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:27:32 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin carried seven times for 23 yards in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 17, against the Tennessee Titans.
Fantasy Tip: LeGarrette Blount (knee) left Friday's game with a knee injury, and will have further tests. If Blount has a serious injury which forces him to miss any extended period, Martin would open as the team's starter. Both were already vying for the job in camp. Martin would be a solid RB2 or 'flex' fantasy option if he starts out as the top tailback in Tampa.
Sat, 11 Aug 2012 08:17:54 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount said the tandem of he and RB Doug Martin could be the best backfield in the NFL. "We can definitely be the best duo in the NFL, with the schemes that we have, with the offensive line that we have, with the blocking and the confidence (Martin) has in me and the confidence I have in him," Blount said. "It's definitely going to be a really good fit. We have the potential to be the best backfield in the league."
Sat, 11 Aug 2012 07:24:19 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running back competition expects to continue as both RBs Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount impressed in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 10. Blount was quick and decisive on the way to 30 yards on seven carries. Martin added another 21 yards on seven carries. Each scored a touchdown in the contest.
Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:45:12 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin carries seven times for 21 yards and a score in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 20, against the Miami Dolphins. The rookie is battling RB LeGarrette Blount for the starting tailback job.
Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:17:53 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said the plan is for RB Doug Martin to start this season. He said he hopes Martin will be able to be successful as a starter.
Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:45:20 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin, as an update to previous reports, is looking the part of a primary running back. Not only is he seeing the large majority of the first-team snaps, he is also staying on the field for third-down/pass-protection snaps. Pass-protection work is an area Martin's competition, LeGarrette Blount, has previously struggled. Martin, a rookie first-round draft choice, has shown a quick burst at the line of scrimmage, is hitting holes decisively and using his speed to make defenders miss once he hits the second layer of a defense.
Head coach Greg Schiano made it a point to say the players haven't played in a live game yet. "You look at them in protection and carrying the ball, but until they have to break a tackle, make someone miss in a game when they're getting tackled live, it's awfully hard to evaluate," Schiano said.
Stephen Holder, of the Tampa Bay Times, notes despite Martin looking the part, it does not mean that Blount is the No. 2 running back; nor does it mean that Blount won't have an important role in the Buccaneers offense this season.
Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:02:46 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has received a majority of the reps with the first-team offense early in training camp.
Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:31:03 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin worked with the first-team offense during practice Friday, July 27.
Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:08:48 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said neither RB LeGarrette Blount or RB Doug Martin are considered the favorite for the starting running back job. Schiano said the reps at running back will be given out in an appropriate manner.
Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:15:58 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running backs coach Earnest Byner said he has been impressed with how RB Doug Martin has performed as a pass blocker during offseason workouts. "The thing that they struggle with most of the time is pass protection and especially nickel pass protection, but I don't think that's going to be an issue with him," Byner said. "He has done some good things. He has some quickness. Doug is really smart, and eager to grab some of the concepts that we are teaching. He is excited to come out here and play for the Buccaneers."
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:19:28 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount has been getting the majority of the carries with the first-team offense during organized team activities and minicamp. RB Doug Martin has received some reps with the starters this offseason.
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 09:40:47 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said he has been happy with how RB Doug Martin has performed during organized team activities and sees Martin has some of the abilities that can't be taught. "You can see he has good vision. That's one of the things you can't teach. You can teach a lot of things, but for me to see daylight over here when I'm looking over there, that's a gift," Schiano said.
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 09:40:18 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has dealt with a hamstring injury over the last few weeks but has been able fully participate in organized team activities this week.