Doug Martin

Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #22
Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #22

Doug Martin News

Released with injury settlement

The Raiders have released Martin (shoulder) with an injury settlement, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Martin had been on IR with a shoulder issue, but now that he's been let go, he'll be able to try to catch once with another team once he's healthy. How soon that might be remains to be seen, but it's possible Martin will resurface at some point this season, once injuries require teams to seek backfield help.

Sep 3, 2019 2:20 PM EST

Released by Oakland

Martin was released by the Raiders on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of reports.

Analysis: Martin's release comes as a bit of a surprise after he rushed for 723 yards in his first year with Oakland in 2018. Martin looked to be the No. 2 back for the Raiders behind Josh Jacobs but he'll now look for work with another club. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington will now compete for the top backup spot behind Jacobs.

Aug 25, 2019 9:16 AM EST

Looks sharp in training camp

Martin is off to a good start in training camp, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Tafur suggests that over the first week of training camp, Martin was the team's "most impressive runner," but in the same line he noted that first-rounder Josh Jacobs has shown great hands in that span. In any case, Jacobs has plenty of time to open eyes with his running ability and his lofty draft status (he was the 24th overall pick in April) suggests that he's destined to be the Raiders' top back in 2019. That said, Martin, who averaged 4.2 yards on 172 carries with the Raiders last season, profiles as a capable complement, and it's a good sign that he's looked sharp early on in camp. After all, the Raiders seemed ready to move one from Martin once they signed Isaiah Crowell in free agency, but he was subsequently re-signed by the team after Crowell tore his Achilles in OTAs.

Aug 2, 2019 1:58 PM EST

Replenishing backfield depth in Oakland

Martin signed a contract with the Raiders on Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Having failed to draw significant interest on the open market after the Raiders let him walk in free agency this offseason, Martin is now back in the mix with an Oakland team that lost veteran Isaiah Crowell to a torn Achilles during a team workout Wednesday morning. This comes just weeks after Marshawn Lynch announced his retirement, leaving first-round rookie Josh Jacobs as the clear favorite to open the 2019 campaign in the lead role. While it's unlikely the Raiders view the 30-year-old Martin as a direct replacement for the 26-year-old Crowell, the former Buccaneers standout should still have every chance to compete with DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren for backup work behind Jacobs and receiving-ace Jalen Richard.

May 1, 2019 12:30 PM EST

Not drawing much interest

Martin remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent, Matt Kawahara of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Martin stayed healthy throughout 2018 and re-established himself as a competent NFL player, but his 172-723-4 rushing line (4.2 YPC) and 18-116-0 receiving line don't exactly demand a major contractual commitment. He figures to eventually latch on somewhere, likely needing to earn a roster spot ahead of his age-30 season. Oakland could be an option if Marshawn Lynch retires again, though the team already signed Isaiah Crowell as a backfield option for early downs. There's little-to-no chance of Martin regaining the top form he displayed in 2012 and 2015.

Apr 12, 2019 12:32 PM EST

Rumbles for 100 again

Martin toted the rock 21 times for 100 yards in Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: It was a bit surprising to see Martin receive 21 carries in a game that the Raiders trailed big from start to finish. Regardless of coaching logic, the veteran took advantage of the opportunity and cashed in for his second straight 100-yard performance. Martin has quietly put himself back on the fantasy map down the stretch, averaging 67.8 rushing yards per game with four touchdowns over his last five contests. The 29-year-old has certainly made himself some money in the upcoming free agency period with this strong finish, as he will probably latch on with a club in a similar backup role to what he served for the Raiders this year.

Dec 30, 2018 6:57 PM EST

Hits century mark in win

Martin rushed for 107 yards and one touchdown on 21 attempts, adding one reception for nine yards during Monday's 27-14 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: Coming into Monday night's game, it had been 40 straight outings for Martin since the last time he reached 100 rushing yards. But against a Denver defense that earlier this year became the first in NFL history to allow 200-yard rushers in consecutive games within the same season, anything is possible. Martin entered Christmas Eve having averaged a putrid 2.84 yards per carry between Weeks 14 and 15, but he scampered for a 24-yard score in the first quarter to provide Oakland with a 7-0 lead and rode that momentum to an impressive 107-yard showing. He continues to provide virtually no added value as a pass catcher with just three catches for 15 yards over his past four games, but he's offset that deficiency with three rushing scores during that span. Week 17 presents a promising matchup, as Martin and the Raiders backfield prepare to go up against a Kansas City defense that ranks bottom five in terms of both rushing yards (1,987) and rushing touchdowns (19) allowed this season.

Dec 24, 2018 9:08 PM EST

Runs for 39 yards

Martin carried nine times for 39 yards during Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Martin received single-digit carries for the first time since Week 6 and managed a long gain of just nine yards. He failed to bring in his only target in the passing game and now has just two receptions over the last three games combined. Martin rode a three-game touchdown streak into this one, which had given him some fantasy value, but his yardage totals are too light to rely on each week. He'll look to take advantage of a beatable Broncos run defense next Sunday.

Dec 16, 2018 4:04 PM EST

Finds end zone in win

Martin rushed 16 times for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' 24-21 win over the Steelers on Sunday.

Analysis: As his final rushing line implies, Martin had a very difficult time finding any running room, but he was able to at least go in from one yard out in the first quarter. It was the veteran's third touchdown in as many games, although he was held without a catch for the first time in eight contests. Martin has now averaged under four yards per carry in two consecutive contests, but he's proven capable of shouldering the lead-back workload while logging double-digit carries in seven consecutive games. Martin will look to boost his overall numbers up against the Bengals in Week 15.

Dec 9, 2018 6:50 PM EST

Suits up Sunday

Martin (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Analysis: Though listed as questionable for the contest, Martin practiced fully all week, so his availability is not really a surprise. Assuming no setbacks, Martin is in line to head the Raiders' backfield in Week 14, with Jalen Richard set to work in a change-of-pace role and DeAndre Washington on hand in reserve. Meanwhile, newcomer C.J. Anderson is inactive. Martin logged a season-high 18 carries (for 61 yards) in the team's 40-33 loss to the Chiefs in Week 13, but how close he comes to matching that workload Sunday will hinge on game flow in a contest in which the Steelers are clear favorites.

Dec 9, 2018 12:06 PM EST

On track to play

Martin (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, is expected to play, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: Martin was a full practice participant Wednesday through Friday, so it's somewhat surprising he carried an injury designation into the weekend in the first place. Nonetheless, the report should give Martin's fantasy managers more confidence in rolling fantasy lineups for the matchup with the Steelers, who have ranked 11th in the NFL this season with 4.2 yards per carry allowed.

Dec 9, 2018 5:27 AM EST

Questionable for Week 14

The Raiders are listing Martin (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Martin was a full participant in practices Wednesday and Thursday and took part in Friday's session in at least some fashion, so it seems likely that he'll be available to play this weekend. If Martin suits up as anticipated, there's a chance his workload could be more restricted than usual if the Raiders -- who are double-digit home underdogs -- are forced to abandon the run game. That would yield a more favorable game script for passing-down specialist Jalen Richard than Martin.

Dec 7, 2018 12:45 PM EST

Logs full practice

Martin (knee) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Previous reports suggested that Martin's Week 14 status might be uncertain, which prompted the Raiders to sign C.J. Anderson. Martin's listed full participation Wednesday suggests, however, that he'll be a go Saturday against the Steelers, though it will still be worth monitoring the running back's situation to see if his reps are limited either Thursday or Friday.

Dec 5, 2018 3:54 PM EST

Dealing with knee injury

Martin has a knee injury and is uncertain for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Coach Jon Gruden said the injury inspired Oakland's signing of C.J. Anderson on Tuesday, though the team does hope Martin can avoid any missed time. Wednesday's practice report will provide the next hint about Martin's progress as the Raiders prepare to face a Steelers defense ranked 12th in YPC allowed (4.2) and eighth in rushing yards per game (100.4). Injury woes aside, the matchup favors pass-catching back Jalen Richards.

Dec 5, 2018 11:51 AM EST

Inefficient, but finds end zone

Martin accounted for 61 rushing yards, one touchdown and a lost fumble on 18 carries, adding two receptions for six yards during Sunday's 40-33 loss to Oakland.

Analysis: Once Marshawn Lynch (groin) was placed on injured reserve Oct. 22, the shift focused to veteran back Doug Martin, who had been wildly inefficient over his past two and a half years in the league (2.99 yards per carry between start of 2016 and Week 6 of this season). Through his first five appearances as the Raiders lead back this year though, Martin found a way to somewhat replicate his early-career success by averaging a stellar 4.75 YPC on 60 attempts, while fielding 10-plus carries in every game over that span.That is, until the Chiefs held him in check Sunday, containing Martin to a 3.4 yard per rush average, his worst in an outing with double-digit carries since facing Detroit on Dec. 10, 2017). In Week 14, he and the Oakland backfield will be opposing a Steelers defense that ranks top 10 against the run this year with 101.8 yards surrendered per game.

Dec 2, 2018 7:33 PM EST

Scores first touchdown of season

Martin ran for 51 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and added 21 yards on three catches during Sunday's 34-17 loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Martin barreled into the end zone for a 1-yard score to cap the first drive of the game, a play that was originally ruled a fumble. It was the veteran's first touchdown of the season. The Raiders have had an ugly season, but Martin has recorded at least 10 carries in each of his five games since Marshawn Lynch (groin) was place on injured reserve, averaging a solid 4.8 yards per carry. He gets a great matchup next Sunday against a Chiefs defense surrendering 5.0 yards per opponent carry this season.

Nov 25, 2018 3:40 PM EST

Cleared to play Week 12

Martin (ankle) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game in Baltimore.

Analysis: Martin was a limited practice participant each day this week after sitting out the second half of a 23-21 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. He'll have a tough time parlaying availability into productivity with the Raiders considered heavy underdogs against a Ravens team that surrenders just 3.9 yards per carry and 94.6 rushing yards per game.

Nov 23, 2018 12:47 PM EST

Listed as limited Thursday

Martin (ankle) remained listed as limited at Thursday's practice, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: With coach Jon Gruden having previously downplayed Martin's ankle issue, we suspect that the running back is trending toward active status Sunday against the Ravens. We'll revisionist Martin's status Friday to see if he is listed as questionable for the contest or is removed from the Raiders' Week 12 injury report altogether.

Nov 22, 2018 1:32 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Martin (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Coach Jon Gruden previously downplayed Martin's ankle issue and the fact that the running back practiced Wednesday -- albeit in a limited capacity -- supports that view. We'll continue to monitor Martin's status in the coming days, but if he's able to go Sunday against the Ravens, he should head the Raiders' Week 12 backfield, though Jalen Richard (especially in passing situations) and DeAndre Washington are both threats to poach touches from the veteran back.

Nov 21, 2018 4:16 PM EST

Expected to be okay

Coach Jon Gruden doesn't believe Martin's ankle injury is serious, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Martin and his coach have both relayed optimism in the aftermath of Sunday's 23-21 win over Arizona. The 28-year-old running back was held out for the entire second half, but no injury was mentioned until Gruden's post-game press conference. Martin's absence allowed DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard to both reach double-digit carries for the first time all season, while Derek Carr attempted just 31 passes. Richard and Washington will split the backfield work if Martin isn't available for a difficult Week 12 road matchup with the Ravens.

Nov 19, 2018 1:55 PM EST

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