The Bucs have been starting RB Doug Martin for most of the season. That’s understandable because Martin rushed for more than 1,400 yards as a rookie in 2012. But the NFL is a league that’s all about what has happened lately. For Martin, not much has.
He missed much of 2013 with a shoulder injury. He's been dealing with knee and ankle injuries this seasons and hasn’t produced much. Martin has gained 166 yards on 28 carries, an average of 2.9 yards per carry.
Backup Bobby Rainey has been more productive than Martin, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Top that off with the fact that rookie Charles Sims is close to being active, and things aren’t looking really bright for Martin.
He was a first-round pick in 2012. But it’s looking like Martin could be the third man in a two-back rotation for the rest of this season.
Sims has been a very popular waiver pickup, but was inactive last week. That very well could change sooner than later leaving Rainey and Sims as the team's top options at the position. As we've pointed out in the past, Martin doesn't have any ties to the new coaching staff, the same staff that did draft Sims. Martin's injuries certainly aren't helping his situation.