Martin (suspension) is taking the majority of first-team reps at the beginning of OTAs, WFLA's Roy Cummings reports.
Oft-mentioned as a potential cap casualty just one season after signing a five-year, $35.75 million contract, Martin is doing his best to earn another shot in Tampa. He completed a treatment program at the beginning of the offseason, and general manager Jason Licht recently said the 28-year-old is back to top physical condition. While suspended for the first three games of the season, Martin has put himself on track to regain lead status in Tampa Bay's backfield beginning in Week 4. It is still possible he could be released if there are any setbacks between OTAs and the start of the season, as the Bucs have insurance in the form of Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and rookie fifth-rounder Jeremy McNichols (shoulder). Rodgers is getting most of the second-team reps at OTAs, with Sims handling the third-team looks.
Martin (suspension) reported that he was in a car accident on Thursday but is uninjured.
Martin's vehicle was hit when another driver ran a top sign and collided with him. Though the running back did receive minor scrapes and bruises, he did report that he is perfectly healthy. It isn't anticipated that the accident will force him to miss any time.
Martin (suspension) has additional competition in the Buccaneers' backfield after the selection of Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) during this year's NFL Draft, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
One can speculate that the Buccaneers didn't select a running back before the fifth round due to Martin's showing in the offseason program to date. Indeed, he impressed general manager Jason Licht on the first day of the offseason program, looking "as good as I've seen him since I've been here, from a physical standpoint," according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. Having said that, Martin will likely have to avoid any stumbles in the coming months in order to solidify his previous standing as the Buccaneers' No. 1 running back. As for the other members of the backfield, McNichols will strive to compete with Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims (pectoral) for that spot during Martin's suspension to start this season, but the rookie's climb will be hampered by rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Assuming Martin continues to hearken back to better days, he's the logical candidate to serve as the team's top RB for the final 13 games of the campaign.
Martin (suspension) joined the Bucs as expected for the start of offseason work Monday and made a positive impression on general manager Jason Licht, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "He looks great right now; he looks as good as I've seen him since I've been here, from a physical standpoint," Licht said. "He was in very good spirits. We're excited to have him, excited to see how he does out here in OTAs."
Martin's physical and mental well-being has been the subject of considerable intrigue this offseason, although reports have consistently had him doing very well in all aspects after completing a rehabilitation program early in 2017. This is a particularly pivotal time of year for the former Pro Bowler's future with the Bucs, with Licht acknowledging that the early, pre-draft portion of OTAs is a golden opportunity for the running back to "assert his place with the team." That wording seems to at least partly imply that the team is giving serious consideration to investing a premium draft pick on a running back, and recent visits and workouts with the likes of Florida State's Dalvin Cook, Texas' D'Onta Foreman, and Oklahoma's Joe Mixon lend further credence to that theory. While the 10-day period preceding the draft naturally won't tell Tampa everything it needs to know about Martin's overall condition, the fact that he's arrived and looking as good as previously advertised is certainly a step in the right direction. Unwavering support expressed by team leaders Jameis Winston and Gerald McCoy on Monday also speaks volumes, and the reality is that the Bucs will likely take plenty of time to make a final decision on Martin's future, potentially even having him complete his suspension over the regular season's first three games before making a definitive call on his future.
Martin (suspension) reported Monday for the start of offseason workouts, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Martin re-joined his teammates Monday after being suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy and subsequently spending time in rehab this offseason. Those troubles followed Martin signing a lucrative five-year, $35.75 extension last March, and then going on to average just 2.9 yards per carry in his mere eight appearances in 2016. Because of Martin's suspension, which has three games remaining, the Bucs could cut him and save $7 million. However, in light of positive feedback from his time in rehab, it appears they'll give the 28-year-old a chance to redeem himself, starting with Monday's first workout session.
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|P2||8/17/17||@ JAC||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
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|13||12/3/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
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|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||288||1402||4.9||84||6||14||61|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||8||144||421||2.9||17||3||0||23|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||49||472||9.6||64||1||4||3||18|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||6||12||66||5.5||13||0||0||0||1|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||11||13||64||4.9||20||0||1||0||3|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||33||271||8.2||25||1||2||0||10|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||8||14||134||9.6||27||0||2||0||4|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||1||40||40.0||40||0||1|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||1||1||0||1||0||-2||1||0|