Raiders RB Martin making impression

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) is introduced as he runs out of the tunnel prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium on Dec. 10.Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Doug Martin is coming off a career-worst season that included a four-game suspension.

The veteran running back is hoping for a fresh start after leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and signing with the Oakland Raiders in March. He’s made a quick impression with his new employer during organized team activities.

Martin, who reportedly signed a one-year deal, has “really jumped out” during the voluntary workouts, Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Tuesday, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

A two-time 1,400-yard rusher with the Buccaneers, Martin never got untracked last season after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy at the end of the 2016 season.

A former first-round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2012, Martin was benched in favor of Peyton Barber in December. He rushed for a career-low 406 rushing yards last season and has been limited to 827 yards over the last two campaigns after erupting for 1,402 in 2015.

However, the 29-year-old Martin, who burst onto the NFL scene by rushing for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie, is showing the Raiders that he still has some mileage left on his legs.

“He’s really got a fresh set of legs. That’s probably most encouraging,” said Olson. “We’re real excited about it.”

Marshawn Lynch, who came out of retirement to join the Raiders, was the team’s No. 1 running back last season. It’s unclear if Martin can unseat Lynch but he also is a pass-catching threat, hauling in 49 catches as a rookie.

“You see why he’s an All-Pro,” Oakland quarterback Derek Carr said of Martin. “You see why he’s a 1,500-yard back.”

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