Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 3. Martin is expected to miss the next three weeks with a hamstring injury, so Sims should step into a 15- to 18-touch role as the team’s primary back. The Rams have been so-so against the run this year, yielding three rushing touchdowns to the 49ers in Week 1.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Martin is expected to miss the next three weeks with a hamstring injury, so Sims should step into a 15- to 18-touch role as the team’s primary back. The Rams have been so-so against the run this year, yielding three rushing touchdowns to the 49ers in Week 1.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Martin is expected to miss the next three weeks with a hamstring injury, so Sims should step into a 15- to 18-touch role as the team’s primary back. The Rams have been so-so against the run this year, yielding three rushing touchdowns to the 49ers in Week 1.
Related players: Charles Sims
Sims should step into the RB1 role with Jacquizz Rodgers chipping in as the change-of-pace back. Sims should offer RB2 numbers, though his schedule is rough, with Denver and Carolina after this week's matchup against the Rams. It looks like Martin is planning to return after the team's Week 6 bye. To gauge Sims’ upside as the team’s primary back, be sure to check out Joe Holka’s #RushingExpectation write-up about the talented Tampa Bay back.
“Well, I’m not a doctor, but when you see it on the film, he did it on a cut," Koetter said Monday. "It was a pitch play to our right and when Doug planted, he said that’s when he did it. You can’t even hardly tell on tape. So I’m just not sure about that, we’ll be getting a more updated report [Tuesday].”
This would be a big blow to the running game. The story said the makeup of the offense changed with backups Charles Sims and newly signed Jacquizz Rodgers on the field. Martin typically touches the ball 20 times a game. Sims isn't the inside runner that Martin is, although he's gotten more powerful with a lowered pad level, something he improved as a pro.
While Ameer Abdullah is clearly Detroit’s best option at running back, don’t expect him to carry the ball like Adrian Peterson or Doug Martin. The Lions aren’t planning on anything like that for him. Not even close.
He’ll get his touches. Just not like a traditional lead back might.
“I don’t envision him carrying the ball 30 times in a ballgame,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “I think he’s capable, certainly, but that’s not his strength. I think he’s one of those guys that you have to get it to him a number of different ways.
“Do I think he’s durable enough to do it? Absolutely. Do I think he’s strong enough to do it? Absolutely. But I just don’t think that’s his cup of tea.”
Martin is sitting out for "precautionary reasons," the source said, and the injury is not expected to affect him beyond this week.
The injury absence was first reported by The Tampa Bay Times and confirmed by ESPN.
Martin was a full participant in joint practices in Jacksonville, including Wednesday's padded practice. It is unclear when he suffered the injury, the story said.
Bucs Beat: RB Charles Sims will get 'more carries,' but Doug Martin still the 'focal point' of the offenseThursday, June 23, 2016, 10:47am
Mark Cook of the Pewter Report was asked about the Buccaneers' running game.
Question 1. Chris will Doug Martin rush for over 1,400 yards again this season?
Answer: Well he certainly is capable, but so many factors play into it actually happening. First and foremost, does he stay healthy? Secondly, will head coach Dirk Koetter rely more on the arm of Winston now that he is in his second season of the offense? There is no question Koetter understands the importance of balance, but how much did Lovie Smith’s influence have an affect on the play calling in 2015? And then there is the Charles Sims effect. I really believe we will see Sims get more carries in 2016 and that could cut into Martin’s total yardage. Of course you don’t give Martin the contract you gave him to take too many touches away from him, if any at all. It will be interesting to see how things play out, but one thing is certain, and that is, if Martin is healthy, he will be a focal point of this offense, as he should be.
Last year, there were 479 touches split between Martin and Sims, with Martin seeing 67% of the work to Sims' 33%. We currently project a similar split, which makes Sims our #30 RB in PPR formats, three spots higher than his current ADP. He would have upside from there if the Bucs decide to give him some of Martin's carries.
Martin, 27, is coming off a huge bounce-back season in which he finished second in the NFL in rushing (1,402 yards) and in yards after contact. He also caught 32 passes for 271 yards and scored seven touchdowns (six rushing) to make his second Pro Bowl.
In 2015, Martin was the #5 RB in standard formats (#6 in PPR), so his decision to re-sign with the Bucs will keep his value high. He will enter the season as a fantasy RB1 and will likely be drafted in the first two rounds once his ADP catches up with the news of his signing. His return to Tampa is obviously bad news for Charles Sims, but Sims will remain a good value in the middle rounds, especially in PPR formats.
Related players: Doug Martin
Stroud also reported that the Bucs were optimistic that they'll be able to re-sign Doug Martin. Sims quietly finished as the #22 RB in standard formats and #17 in PPR leagues, catching at least three passes in 10 of 16 games. He also averaged 4.94 YPC on 107 carries, so he showed the ability to be effective as a runner as well. He's currently the 32nd running back off the board in early PPR drafts (i.e. MFL10s and MyFantasyLeague), so he's a good target in the 6th/7th round for those utilizing a "wait on RB" strategy.
Martin sits No. 2 in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,354 on 273 carries. With a big game Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers, Martin could leap Adrian Peterson to become the first Bucs player ever to lead the league in rushing. Sims is an underrated dual-threat back, compiling 1,001 yards from scrimmage (514 rushing, 487 receiving).
Martin, 26, is set to become a free agent this offseason, but the sides are already working on keeping the back in a Bucs jersey.
"We've already talked a little bit,'' general manager Jason Licht said, via the Tampa Tribune. "We will definitely be talking (more). We'd love to have Doug back.''
Last offseason, it looked like the Bucs might dump an ineffective Martin, but the 5-foot-9 pinballing runner bounced back in a big way, the story said. Martin has carried Tampa's offense for long stretches this season, taking some pressure off rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. This season was kind of an audition for Martin, who had struggled the past two seasons. But, Martin was getting positive reviews all the way back in the offseason.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee, quadricep, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 4. Martin injured his knee in Wednesday’s practice, but returned as expected on Friday. We expect him to play. If he’s out, Charles Sims would be a volume play versus the Panthers.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee, quadricep) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Martin injured his knee in Wednesday’s practice, but is expected to return on Friday. If he’s out, Charles Sims would be a volume play versus the Panthers.
Doug Martin is poised to break out. Martin looked strong in training camp, but defenders don’t take runners to the ground during camp practices, so it was difficult to fully evaluate his productivity. When the hits became live in the preseason, though, Martin continued to thrive. The running back picked up 118 yards on 20 carries in three games, averaging 5.9 yards per attempt. He also caught one pass for nine yards.
OC Dirk Koetter fought to keep Martin with the team during the offseason, and he still sits atop the team's depth chart after a very strong offseason. The offense should be improved with Jameis Winston under center and a better offensive line. Martin’s ADP has climbed into the 5th round, so he’s a solid RB2 target for owners who plan to draft three non-RBs in the first four rounds.
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