Signing Doug Martin can either be a very significant signing for the Raiders, or he might not make the team and we’ll go back to the backfield we saw in 2017. If Martin doesn’t get cut, there are a few ways this scenario can play out.
Possibility A: Doug Martin makes the team and is a complement to Lynch on early downs. Lynch played relatively well last season; he totaled 891 yards on 207 carries, so if Martin were to cut into that, he could really make both irrelevant. No upside for either Martin or Lynch.
Possibility B: Doug Martin wins the job over Lynch if he continues to impress in OTAs and camp. Here’s where the upside is, because Martin can push for 15-20 touches per game. I know Lynch didn’t come out of retirement to be a backup, but Jon Gruden wasn’t the coach who brought him in. Apparently, Martin has been looking great in OTAs, but we saw that last offseason with the Bucs as well. With that said, Lynch is choosing to stick around even with the signing of Martin, so take what you want from that.
Possibility C: Doug Martin doesn’t win the job over Lynch and doesn’t take too much away from him. He’s merely a handcuff if Lynch gets hurt. Remember, Jalen Richard and Deandre Washington have had opportunities, but they’ve proved that neither are the type of backs who can get it done on early downs if Lynch were to miss time. Richard played well with limited opportunities, but he won’t be carrying a big workload.
Do you think Martin makes the team? What do you think his role will be? He’s currently going in the 10th round, but there’s way too much unknown currently associated with him to pass up on guys like Nelson Agholor, Marqise Lee, Mike Williams, Cam Meredith, and others who are going around his ADP.