Oakland Raiders bringing back running back Doug Martin
The Oakland Raiders suffered a big loss on Tuesday, as running back Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles and will miss the entire 2019 campaign. It didn’t take long for the Raiders to find a replacement, however, as Oakland had decided to bring back fellow halfback Doug Martin, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
Martin played in all 16 games with the Raiders this past season, rushing for 723 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
The 30-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Boise State University, was originally selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round (31st pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
He had a spectacular rookie campaign, racking up 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns while also hauling in 49 receptions for 472 yards and and a score en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Injuries then limited Martin to just 17 games combined between 2013 and 2014, but in his fourth season, Martin got healthy and totaled 1,402 yards while reaching the end zone six times on the ground, making another Pro Bowl and earning First-Team All-Pro honors as a result.
However, Martin again had problems staying healthy in his final two season with the Buccaneers, appearing in 19 contests overall between 2016 and 2017.
This past year represented Martin’s first full 16-game campaign since 2015.
The Raiders had signed Crowell to a one-year deal in late March as part of their offseason haul which also included the likes of Antonio Brown, Trent Brown, Lamarcus Joyner, and Vontaze Burfict.
Oakland has made just one playoff appearance since last making it to the Super Bowl back in the 2002-03 campaign.