Doug Martin has gone from a reliable starter in Tampa Bay to a backup rusher in Oakland. He figures to be the guy behind Marshawn Lynch, who might be a little old but rarely misses playing time. Thus, the outlook for Martin isn't so bright, particularly since he failed to hit 10-plus Fantasy points from his third game on in 2017. Someone will take him with a late pick in drafts this summer, but unless you've got Lynch on your squad, it probably shouldn't be you.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden suggested Martin won't get much playing time in Friday's preseason game against Green Bay, Vic Tafur of The Athletic Bay Area reports. Gruden seems to be indirectly hinting that Martin will have a spot on the 53-man roster. The 29-year-old back took one carry for three yards in Oakland's preseason opener, but then was held out -- along with a slew of other veterans -- for Saturday's loss to the Rams. Gruden likely wants to use the third preseason game to evaluate Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren. Marshawn Lynch's status as the lead back is the only true piece of clarity in the Oakland backfield.
Martin made his Raiders debut during Friday's preseason opener against the Lions and rushed one time for three yards. Neither Martin nor starter Marshawn Lynch saw much action Friday, which isn't much of a surprise during a preseason game in which quarterback Derek Carr saw only one drive. Although both DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren flashed in relief of them, there's been nothing to suggest Martin's grip on the No. 2 role is in any danger at this stage.
Martin made a positive impression on Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson during the offseason program, Matt Kawahara of The San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hoping to rebound from back-to-back nightmare seasons, Martin joined his hometown team in March on a one-year, $1.475 million contract without any signing bonus, per Spotrac. Martin may have gotten off to a good start during the offseason program, but his contract suggests he could still miss out on the 53-man roster if he fails to impress during training camp and the preseason. Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and undrafted rookie Chris Warren are also competing for backup roles behind incumbent starter Marshawn Lynch.
The Raiders signed Martin to a contract Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. In his two full 16-game slates, Martin racked up 1,400 rushing yards both times, 743 combined receiving yards and 19 total touchdowns. However, the other four years with the Bucs were rife with injuries, ineffectiveness and suspensions, setting up his release from the team on Feb. 20. With his next destination determined, Martin can focus on a bounce back, but it may be difficult in a backfield populated by Marshawn Lynch, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
Martin made a good impression in a recent face-to-face meeting with Raiders coach Jon Gruden, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Martin had two huge seasons and four clunkers in his six years with Tampa Bay, plagued by a mixture of off-field issues and on-field inefficiency. He managed just 2.9 yards per carry and three touchdowns on 138 carries last season, eventually losing the lead-back job to Peyton Barber down the stretch. As expected, the Bucs released Martin in February, allowing him to negotiate with other teams before the start of the free agency period March 14. It's no surprise that he remains unsigned, as back-to-back ugly seasons leave him somewhere in the middle of the crop of available running backs. Gruden apparently has some interest, but he's also expressed a desire to retain incumbent Marshawn Lynch. It's hard to see how the two would fit together, unless Martin were merely brought in on the cheap as a clear backup. The 29-year-old presumably hopes to find a team that will give him a shot to compete for its lead role. Oakland would become a strong fit if Lynch were to retire or be released in the coming weeks.
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|1||09/11||Los Angeles Rams||27||19.00|
|5||10/07||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|9||11/02||@San Francisco 49ers||19||17.75|
|10||11/11||Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|13||12/02||Kansas City Chiefs||20||17.76|
|17||12/30||@Kansas City Chiefs||20||17.76|
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