Raiders Preview Capsule
OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-12)
New faces: WR Antonio Brown, T Trent Brown, WR Tyrell Williams, DE Clelin Ferrell, RB Josh Jacobs, S Johnathan Abram, CB Trayvon Mullen, S Lamarcus Joyner, OL Richie...
Raiders place RB Doug Martin on IR, sign DT Corey Liuget
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have placed running back Doug Martin on injured reserve and signed former Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are bringing back free agent running back Doug Martin for a second season.
The Raiders also released tight end Lee Smith and signed five draft...
Free Agency-Raiders Capsule
OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-12)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TE Jared Cook, RB Marshawn Lynch, RB Doug Martin, CB Rashan Melvin, WR Dwayne Harris, S Marcus Gilchrist, DL Clinton McDonald, WR Brandon...
Raiders win possible final game in Oakland 27-14 vs. Broncos
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After the final seconds ticked off, Derek Carr ran straight to the Black Hole with several teammates before taking a victory lap around the Coliseum to celebrate with his fans.
If this truly is the final game ever in Oakland, the Raiders gave their fans plenty to cheer at the end of another disappointing season.
FANTASY PLAYS: Burning questions for NFL fantasy semifinals
A look at some key fantasy football questions and answers for Week 15:
WHICH UNDER-THE-RADAR PLAYERS HAVE THE BEST CHANCE FOR BIG GAMES THIS WEEK?
We don't recommend making many wholesale changes to your lineup in the fantasy playoff semifinals that typically happen this week.
Raiders sign C.J. Anderson for remainder of season
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Running back C.J. Anderson has signed with the Oakland Raiders and could be in their backfield for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden said that the move is insurance in case Doug Martin isn't available. The Raiders primary running back since Marshawn Lynch went on injured reserve with a groin injury in mid-October, Martin is nursing a sore knee and his status is uncertain.
Fast starts turn to slow finishes for Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders took the opening kickoff, marched down the field and scored a touchdown. Then the offense stumbled most of the rest of the way in the latest loss in a down season in Oakland.
That's been a pattern that has repeated itself far too often this year. Starting games fast hasn't been a major issue for the Raiders, who are fifth-best in the league this season with 34 points on the opening drive of the game.
Martin ready to take over for Lynch in Raiders backfield
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Three years after his last 1,000-yard season, Oakland Raiders running back Doug Martin is getting another chance to prove he can still be an effective player in the NFL.
Marshawn Lynch's groin injury and subsequent surgery created a vacancy in the backfield and the Raiders are turning to Martin to fill the gap.
"I feel good, fresh legs," Martin said Thursday. "I was just making sure that when it was time to go I was ready."
Raiders Preview Capsule
OAKLAND RAIDERS (6-10)
New faces: Coach Jon Gruden, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, WR Jordy Nelson, RB Doug Martin, CB Rashaan Melvin, CB Daryl Worley, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, LB Derrick Johnson, S Marcus Gilchrist, LB Emmanuel Lamur, LB Tahir Whitehead, FB Keith Smith, DL Tank Carradine, QB AJ McCarron, OL Kolton Miller, DT Maurice Hurst, DE Arden Key, DT P.J. Hall.
Raiders Preview Capsule
OAKLAND RAIDERS (6-10)
New faces: Coach Jon Gruden, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, WR Jordy Nelson, WR Martavis Bryant, RB Doug Martin, CB Rashaan Melvin, CB Daryl Worley, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, LB Derrick Johnson, S Marcus Gilchrist, LB Emmanuel Lamur, LB Tahir Whitehead, WR Ryan Switzer, OL Breno Giacomini, FB Keith Smith, DL Tank Carradine, OL Kolton Miller, DT Maurice Hurst, DE Arden Key, DT P.J. Hall.
Buccaneers Preview Capsule
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)
New faces: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DT Beau Allen, DE Vinny Curry, DT Vita Vea, RB Ronald Jones, C Ryan Jensen, DT Mitch Unrein, K Chandler Catanzaro.
Key losses: RB Doug Martin, DE Robert Ayers, Jr., G J.R. Sweezy, DT Chris Baker, DT Clinton McDonald, S T.J. Ward.
Martin hopes move to Raiders provides fresh start to career
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Doug Martin was in need of a new start after two straight subpar seasons led to his offseason release by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Getting the chance to do it near his boyhood home in Northern California, with an Oakland team featuring a strong offensive line and a coach in Jon Gruden eager to establish a powerful running attack, only made the decision to join the Raiders even easier.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers free agency capsule
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CBs Brent Grimes and Robert McClain; Ss T.J. Ward and Keith Tandy; C Evan Smith; QB Ryan Fitzpatrick; DTs Clinton McDonald and DT Sealver Siliga; LS Garrison Sanborn; DEs Justin Trattou and Will Clarke; Gs Adam Gettis and Kevin Pamphile; RB Charles Sims.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TE Cameron Brate; WR Adam Humphries; DE Ryan Russell; LB Adarius Glanton; CB Jude Adjei-Barimah.
Doug Martin released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday they have released former starting running back Doug Martin.
The Buccaneers have released RB Doug Martin Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) February 20, 2018
Martin, a former first-round draft pick, played six seasons in Tampa but started all 16 games just twice due to injuries.
Bucs release RB Doug Martin after disappointing season
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who may look for a replacement in free agency.
Martin rushed for a career-low 406 yards in 2017, when he averaged just 2.9 yards per carry after missing the first three games of the season while serving the remainder of a four-game ban for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers.
New Mexico State beats Utah State 26-20 in Arizona Bowl
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Bowl is not typically the type of game where fans storm the field. Certainly not for a team that finished 7-6.
But this has been a long, arduous wait for New Mexico State fans. All those losing seasons, all that disappointment, all that time between bowl games.
New Mexico State has been waiting 57 years for Friday’s Arizona Bowl
New Mexico State had waited exactly 20,816 days to play in a bowl game when coach Doug Martin walked to the front of Thursday’s NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl news conference, and — with cameras rolling — introduced himself and his team to the college football world.
You could almost see the clock ticking down in his head. One. More. Day. Left.
McCoy, David inactive for Buccaneers against Falcons
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing the Atlanta Falcons without defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Lavonte David and running back Doug Martin, who are inactive for the Monday night game.
McCoy hurt his right biceps and David suffered a hamstring injury during the Bucs' loss to the Detroit Lions. Martin wasn't listed on the injury report, but is being replaced in the lineup by Peyton Barber.
Packers face key game; Bucs bringing back QB Winston
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are hoping to stay in the playoff chase long enough to potentially welcome back Aaron Rodgers from a collarbone injury.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just put two starting offensive linemen on injured reserve and could be without starting running back Doug Martin because of a concussion.
They're three games under .500 and are a longshot to get into the postseason for the first time since 2007.
Many owners with playoff berths on the line in Week 13 may find themselves looking at this list and wondering, am I really going to play recent waiver claims like Samaje Perine and Dion Lewis over early-round investments such as DeMarco Murray and Lamar Miller?
Then again, if owners are even on the cusp of playoff contention — never mind those enjoying the luxury of already clinching their tickets to the big dance — they can probably swiftly and resoundingly answer that question with a yes.
Fantasy Football: Matchups to avoid and exploit in Week 11
This week, we look to Tampa Bay to exploit Miami's defense, plus a few more matchups to watch.
In short week, can Patriots find some defense?
New England doesn't have much time to work on patching up that leaky defense.
And next up are Jameis Winston, Mike Evans and perhaps the returning-from-suspension Doug Martin for the Buccaneers.
Only Indianapolis has yielded more than the 128 points the Patriots have given up. Mobile quarterbacks (Alex Smith, Cam Newton, Deshaun Watson) have given them fits.
FANTASY PLAYS: Taking stock of Ajayi, Gordon and other RBs
One of the most disappointing running backs in fantasy football over the first four weeks has been Jay Ajayi of the Miami Dolphins. He's only played three games, but in PPR leagues, Ajayi is currently the 46th-ranked running back on the season.
He did not help his cause over the last two games, scoring a combined 10 fantasy points against the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints. Ajayi's fantasy stock is as low as you'll ever see as a healthy player.
Bucs’ Martin back from suspension, expects to face Patriots
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Doug Martin is back and eager to help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers improve on their best start since 2011.
The two-time Pro Bowl running back was activated Monday after completing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancers and expects to play against the New England Patriots on Thursday night.
Antione Barker, Troy defense set to face talented New Mexico State offense
Troy coach Neal Brown looks at New Mexico State and sees headaches.
Trojan backup defensive end Antione Barker looks at the Aggies and sees opportunity.
“We’ve really struggled stopping them the last two years. We’ve almost given up 1,000 total yards of offense in those two games,” Brown said this week, adding that he felt the Aggies could be the most improved team in the Sun Belt this season and he hasn’t seen anything in their first two games that would change his mind.
Fierce UNM rally falls short, Lobos lose to NMSU, 30-28
ALBUQUERQUE — Doug Martin talked about making normal plays at crucial times.
Javahn Ferguson did just that at the right moment for the New Mexico State Aggies — much to the chagrin of The University of New Mexico faithful on Saturday night.
Surprising Aggies ready for Lobos
As in any sibling rivalry, the little guy lands the occasional haymaker and walks away with the win.
The little brother in this particular instance happens to be New Mexico State’s football team, a group that stunned a bowl-bound University of New Mexico squad early last season.
Martin placed on suspended list as Bucs trim roster to 53
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin is headed to the reserve/suspended list, and the Buccaneers waived receivers Josh Huff and Donteea Dye on Saturday while trimming their roster to the season-opening limit of 53 players.
Martin will sit out the first three weeks of the season while serving the remainder of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The two-time Pro Bowl selection also sat out last season's season finale.
Bengals in the NFL: Koetter, Buccaneers get first win of preseason
Throughout the NFL season, we’ll check in with former Idaho State football players currently in the NFL. Here’s an update after the second week of the preseason.
Dirk Koetter (1977, 79-81) and Evan Smith (2004-08)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and second-year coach Dirk Koetter won their first preseason game Aug. 17 after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 12-8.
Buccaneers RB Martin working to leave drug suspension behind
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A grateful Doug Martin is working hard to prove he deserves another chance with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The sixth-year running back will miss the first three games of the NFL season while serving the remainder of a suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. When he returns, there's no guarantee he'll step right into the lineup.
Winston eager to work with new weapons in Buccaneers offense
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made good on a promise to put more playmakers around young quarterback Jameis Winston, who's eager to use them to help an improved team fulfill its potential this season.
Free agent acquisition DeSean Jackson and draft picks O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin are among the newcomers the Bucs are counting on to give Winston a chance to end the franchise's long hiatus from the playoffs.
Buccaneers training camp capsule
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 28, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say running back Doug Martin suffered "minor cuts and bruises" when he was involved in a car accident near the team's training facility.
General manager Jason Licht said in a statement that the two-time Pro Bowl selection who was the NFL's second-leading rusher two years ago was evaluated by team medical staff before heading home Thursday.
Bucs RB Martin suspended, entering drug treatment facility
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances and said Wednesday he's entering a treatment facility rather than appeal the ban.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection, slowed by a hamstring injury this season after rushing for 1,402 yards in 2015, will miss Sunday's regular-season finale against Carolina.
Bucs bench starting RB Martin in pivotal game against Saints
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was healthy enough to play but could only watch from the sideline as Tampa Bay's playoff hopes took a big hit.
Now the second guessing can start. Would the Bucs have been better off with Martin in the lineup on Saturday, when they fell to New Orleans, 31-24?
Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 63 yards and a score, while Charles Sims III had only 12 yards rushing.
Tampa Bay RB Martin sits in coach’s decision vs. New Orleans
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to keep their playoff hopes alive without running back Doug Martin.
The Buccaneers deactivated Martin on Sunday against New Orleans in what team officials called a coach's decision. Martin had not been on the Buccaneers' injury report as Tampa Bay (8-6) needed a win along with lots of help to remain alive for a wild-card berth.
Surging Bucs hold off Saints 16-11 for 5th straight victory
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston and his supporting cast are anything but the same old Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The second-year quarterback led the streaking Bucs (8-5) to their fifth straight win Sunday, a 16-11 victory over the New Orleans Saints that bolstered the young team's growing confidence and playoff prospects.
"Five in a row is a nice little accomplishment but, we're not where we want to be yet," coach Dirk Koetter said. "We've got bigger fish to fry right now."
Streaking Buccaneers tied for first place in NFC South
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There are no more lingering questions about whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are relevant again.
The team's four-game winning streak not only has catapulted Jameis Winston and his supporting cast into playoff contention, but the Bucs (7-5) also are tied for first place in the NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons.
Martin’s successful return bolsters Buccaneers confidence
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Doug Martin plowed into the end zone, kissed the ground in celebration and jogged back to the sideline sporting a big smile.
The running back's return from a hamstring injury that sidelined him nearly two months meant a lot more to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers than a 16-carry, 33-yard rushing performance against the Chicago Bears suggested.
Struggling Bears, Buccaneers aim to overcome slow starts
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers insist they aren't as bad as their records suggest.
The sputtering teams begin the second half of their schedules against each other Sunday, clinging to hope they can eliminate the inconsistency — and at times, downright poor play — that's prevented them from being more successful.
Bucs rookie RB Barber makes first NFL start vs. Falcons
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are down to their fourth starting running back, with rookie Peyton Barber filling in for the injured Doug Martin on Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons.
Martin has been sidelined with hamstring injury since Week 2. Backup Charles Sims made two starts before hurting his knee and being placed on injured reserves. Jacquizz Rodgers started the past three games, but was inactive Thursday night with a left foot injury.
Bucs haven’t won at home, host Falcons in prime time
The NFC is so wide open that a Thursday night meeting between Atlanta and Tampa Bay could wind up having some significance when the playoff races conclude.
Neither team has been particularly consistent. Had the Falcons not held off Green Bay on Sunday, they would have been in a freefall similar to last season, when they went from 6-1 to 8-8.
"When you come through in those, for sure it gives you something," coach Dan Quinn says. "To get the job done (Sunday) was significant."
RB Rodgers making most of opportunity with Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jacquizz Rodgers never doubted he was capable of playing a lead role in an NFL offense.
Even when the diminutive running back found himself out of work and wondering if he'd get another opportunity to prove himself seven weeks ago.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers called on Sept. 13, two days after their season opener, and the sixth-year pro is making the most of a reunion with coach Dirk Koetter.
Winston’s 3 TD passes help Bucs beat 49ers 34-17
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — For a guy who started the season sitting on the couch, Jacquizz Rodgers sure has made the most of his long-awaited opportunity to be a featured running back in the NFL.
Rodgers followed his first career 100-yard game by rushing for a career-high 154 yards and Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 34-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Bucs’ Gerald McCoy returns to practice, should play vs 49ers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received some good news Wednesday when defensive tackle Gerald McCoy returned to practice.
It was a welcome sight for the Bucs, who have had their share of bad news as they get ready to take on San Francisco.
Bucs encouraged by rushing performance against Panthers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Even with a strong-armed quarterback in Jameis Winston and impressive young receiver in Mike Evans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know they need a consistent running attack.
With two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin sidelined with a hamstring injury the past month, the Bucs were unable to establish much of one until Monday night, when Jacquizz Rodgers made his first start of the season in a 17-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Buccaneers may have rediscovered running game with Rodgers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have found a complementary running back for Doug Martin once their No. 1 back returns from a hamstring injury.
Jacquizz Rodgers finished with a career-best 101 rushing yards on 30 carries — 32 yards and 17 carries more than he had in the Buccaneers' previous three games combined — as Tampa Bay defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-14 on Monday night.
Buccaneers without 3 starting D-linemen vs. Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without three starting defensive linemen for Monday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Defensive tackles Gerald McCoy (calf) and Clinton McDonald (hamstring) and defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle) are all listed as inactive, along with running back Doug Martin (hamstring), wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (hamstring), tight end Luke Stocker (ankle) and guard Caleb Benenoch.