Jon Gruden hopes Doug Martin remains with Raiders in 2019

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When the Raiders signed running back Doug Martin this offseason, it wasn’t clear what kind of role he’d play for the team this year and it was also unclear whether he’d be effective after averaging 2.9 yards per carry over the last two seasons.

Martin didn’t play much in the first six weeks of the season, but Marshawn Lynch hit injured reserve and Martin got a chance to play. Martin has run 60 times for 285 yards and a touchdown and caught 10 passes for 95 yards over the last five games.

That hasn’t done much to help the Raiders win games, but it has left head coach Jon Gruden with a desire to bring Martin back for another year.

“Hopefully we can keep him around here,” Gruden said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “He’s a heck of a football player.”

Making any big predictions about the way the Raiders roster will look next season is foolish given how many draft picks they have and how much turnover can be expected as Gruden tries to build a more competent team than he has this season. That said, Martin doesn’t figure to cost much as a complementary piece in the backfield and that makes it easier for him to fit in 2019 plans.

21 responses to “Jon Gruden hopes Doug Martin remains with Raiders in 2019

  1. Ask any coach about a player currently on their roster and they’ll all say the same exact thing. Ask any owner about a coach currently coaching their team and they’ll all say just about the same thing. Hint: ask a stupid question, expect a stupid answer. Seriously, some of the questions being asked are unbelievable.

  2. Drama queens impatiently waiting for every nugget that comes out of coaches mouth so you can twist and misquote it to fit your agenda.
    BTW – trade deadline has passed, and Martin is on a 1 year deal.

  3. billswillneverwin says:
    November 27, 2018 at 8:25 am
    What a Mess that organization is..SMH …
    Says the fanboy of the biggest loser of a city ever, Buffalo.

  4. So Martin is another “Gruden Grinder”. i.e. a marginal player who keeps a roster spot by brown-nosing the “coaching legend”.

  5. Maybe learn how to run block first and the backs won’t get pounded into the earth.

    One of several problems.

  6. When Warren comes back Martin will be expendable, Washington too. Youth and speed will be the compliment back moving forward. Smith will stay at FB.

    But it won’t matter if cable insists on zone blocking!!!

    The 12-4 year was one that didn’t force zone read blocking. Down hill is what this line excels at. I can’t fir the life of me understand why zone is the choice. It’s way to hard to get in a LB that way. I’m so surprised that a two TE set with FB hasn’t been a feature in gruden a O. Maybe someone can explain?

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