Is Doug Martin Really A Threat To Be The Raiders Featured Running Back?

It might be time to start taking Doug Martin’s presence seriously in Oakland.

Once considered a long shot to actually make the team, it’s now starting to feel like Martin could end up pushing Marshawn Lynch for carries.

Martin is coming off back to back disappointing seasons in Tampa, but he seems to be rejuvenated and said on Tuesday that he’s approaching this offseason like a rookie trying to make the team. The coaching staff has been raving about Martin, but media members at OTAs say he has been standing out as well.

While Jon Gruden has repeatedly called Lynch the team’s featured runner, it’s no secret that Gruden wants a fullback in the game with Lynch as often as possible. It’s been almost suspicious how many times Gruden has talked about running Lynch with a fullback.

Gruden also loves to use running backs in the passing game, which isn’t where Lynch is at his best (though he is very good in pass protection). And adding a fullback only limits Gruden’s personnel even more in terms of versatility.

Side note: Gruden wants his offense to be as versatile as any in the NFL.

What that probably means is that Gruden will feature a heavy rotation at running back and if Martin looks anything like he did in 2015, he will undoubtedly eat into Lynch’s work load.

If you’re a fantasy footballer, the Raiders backfield might be shaping up to be a nightmare. Lynch will get the short yardage and goalline carries. He should also remain the “closer” to chew up tough yards in the fourth quarter. But between Martin and either DeAndre Washington or Jalen Richard, Gruden will have a quiver full of Charlie Garners to feature when he wants to attack defenses through the air.

Speaking of Washington and Richard, the emergence of Martin probably eliminates any chance of both being on the week one roster.

The question is, which one?

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3 thoughts on “Is Doug Martin Really A Threat To Be The Raiders Featured Running Back?

  1. I’ll believe it when I see it. OTA’s are not when RB position battles are won or lost. IMO Martin is competing with Washington for the 3rd RB spot. And I certainly don’t see him taking reps from Lynch – especially ahead of Richard. I hope that he continues to play well and we shall see in training camp and preseason.

  2. Gruden is putting a heck of team together, The time away from coaching. He stayed in football broadcasting, analyzing, putting on his own coaching quarterback show together. I knew he wouldn’t skip a beat in coaching, It’s in his blood, Someone that don’t know football wouldn’t see it, Go Chucky!!!

  3. No, but its good to hear especially after his last 2 seasons. Man, I cant friggen wait. I’m thinking top 5 offence this year . Hopefully Hurst and Key can put it down too. Then our Cbs just have to look for quick under pressure throws an have a pick party all year.

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