Ever since, it’s been a smooth transition for Martin and the Raiders. Oakland coach Jon Gruden wanted Martin because he knows what he can bring to the Raiders.
“He’s showed us a lot,” Gruden said Wednesday. “We think he’s a really good back. Doug has done a heck of a job for us. Hopefully we can utilize his strengths this season.”
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After all, he has 4,633 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns in six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including a monster game against the Raiders.
It is likely Martin will make his preseason debut — and home debut — against the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday. Usually in the third preseason game, starters play a half.
“I don’t know how much he’s going to play,” Gruden said. “We’re going to play the starters on offense, I believe, into the second quarter. We’re not going to play them a whole lot, but they will get some time. Hopefully they have some success.”
Martin, 29, is entering his seventh season after getting selected in the first round (31st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers out of Boise State. He hasn’t forgotten the time when he played against the Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
In front of family and friends, Martin ran wild for 251 yards and four touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s 42-32 victory.
“The last time I played here was with the Bucs in 2012. I had a fabulous game,” Martin said. “I had like 50 family fans in the crowd. That type of energy just brings the best out of me. I’m kind of excited to see what this year is going to bring me.”
Martin said he’s enjoying his time with the Raiders and spends a lot of quality time with his family. He said he’s ready to get the season started.
“I was born in Oakland. I got a lot of family around here, a lot of guys who live around here — friends, cousins — so, it’s comfortable. They do a good job of having that vibe around the organization that it’s a family vibe,” he said.
“I’ve gotten accustomed to the offensive line and doing camp with pads and practice. So I definitely feel like I’m where I need to be.”
Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders
Time/When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
TV: NFL Network, 8 p.m.