Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden said at the National Football League scouting combine that he wanted Marshawn Lynch to be a big part of his team this season, and to this point that has held true. The last time we saw flashes of the great version of Doug Martin?
Even when the Raiders agreed to terms with Doug Martin, a former Pro Bowl running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Network's MIchael Silver and The Athletic's Vic Tafur said the Raiders plan to keep Lynch even after the Martin signing.
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Now at the age of 29, the Raiders are really hoping their old-school offensive approach is beneficial for the former Boise State star. With his next destination determined, Martin can focus on a bounce back, but it may be hard in a backfield populated by Marshawn Lynch, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
Since then, however, Martin has risen and fallen, only posting more than 1,000 yards one other time, 2015.
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Martin missed the first four games of the 2017 season because of the PED suspension.
In his rookie year he ran for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns, a form he will look to regain with a new team. Ever since Jon Gruden visited with him a few weeks ago and came away impressed, it seemed like this was going to happen.
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Martin, who was cut by the Buccaneers this offseason after an up-and-down stretch with Tampa Bay, presents Oakland with an interesting scenario, because the status of Marshawn Lynch remains up in the air. But I'm counting on him. The Bucs won't play the Raiders again until 2020, which should be their first season in Las Vegas.