After signing former Tampa Bay Bucs standout Doug Martin, the Raiders now have a four-deep group of ballcarriers. Nike Doug Martin Tampa Bay Buccaneers Historic Logo Limited Jersey – Orange Glaze. Cheap Marshawn Lynch Jersey, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Martin provide Oakland with a talented and diverse blend of running backs. Plus, Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie could add another in this draft, which seems rich in running back prospects.
It will be interesting to see how Martin does in his new surroundings, and if he can regain the All-Pro form he had in 2015 when he rushed for 1,402 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
Martin, who turned 29 in January, is coming off two disappointing and injury-shortened seasons in which he averaged just 2.9 yards per carry in both. In 2017 he had 406 yards rushing in 11 games after picking up 421 yards in eight games in 2016.
The former Boise State standout, a first-round pick in the 2012 draft, has been productive when healthy. At 5-foot-9 and a powerful 223-pounds, Martin — known as the Muscle Hamster or Dougernaut — has rushed for more than 1,400 yards in the two seasons in which he’s played every game, but has rushed for between 400 and 500 yards in his other four injury-shortened seasons.
Over his last two seasons in Tampa Bay, some of Martin’s troubles were attributed to a shaky offensive line. But as Gil Arcia of SB Nation pointed out last week, Martin may have been more of the problem than his blocking. Arcia pointed to a statistical breakdown that showed Martin’s backup running backs the past two seasons averaged about 4.0 yards per carry, while he averaged 2.9. No. 2 back Peyton Barber over the past two years has averaged 4.0 yards on 163 carries behind the same line.
Now, Martin will have the luxury of running behind a strong offensive line while also staying fresher as part of a larger group of talented backs. If healthy, Martin could produce better results for the Raiders.
Jon Gruden believes Doug Martin’s ‘a heck of a running back’
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who is a legend to many among Bucs Nation, recently signed former Bucs running back Doug Martin to a deal and has decided to give the Buccaneers’ former star a second chance and an opportunity to return to his prime 2015 form.
Targeting Martin is definitely a risky move considering his off-the-field struggles which led to a four-game suspension for the use of performance enhancing substances. Also because Martin isn’t the player he once was and his performance the past two season proved that.
Martin failed to rush for a single 100-yard plus game this year and wasn’t even able to rack up 500 rushing yards. Nevertheless, Gruden likes what he sees in Martin, his potential and believes he has a bright future in the league and with Oakland.
Gruden shared his thoughts on why the Raiders decided to pursue Martin and take a risky gamble on him, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Gruden made it clear that he believes Martin still has a ton to offer a team like the Raiders:
Just two seasons ago, Martin finished second in the NFL in rushing yards just behind Adrian Peterson. Gruden has all the faith in the world that despite his struggles, Martin can return to that kind of running back once again with a fresh start and a second chance.