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Jon Gruden Not Impressed by Martavis Bryant
August 5th | 2018
The Las Vegas Review Journal’s Michael Gehlken is reporting that new Raiders coach, Jon Gruden, hasn’t been impressed with what he has seen from former Steelers wideout, Martavis Bryant.
“He’s got to get out here and play better,” Gruden said. “He’s in a competitive situation. Right now, a lot of the other receivers have had a nice camp. He’s just got to learn the offense. He’s got to stay out here. He’s had some illnesses. He’s got to get on the field. He’s got to master the offense and become more versatile, and that’s the key to making this team better.”
Gruden finished his statements regarding Bryant with this:
“Nothing is going to be given to anybody,” Gruden said. “It doesn’t matter how you got here and what your history card says. We need everyone to understand the best players are going to play, and he’s got to be more consistent. And I’m confident he will.”
Gruden finished his comments with a positive spin, but there was more bad than good in his current evaluation of Bryant. The Raiders did trade a third-round pick to get Bryant on their roster, but that move was loaded with risk. Bryant flashed big playmaking ability during his stint in Pittsburgh but his career has been marred by suspensions and an all-around poor attitude.
Bryant will have stiff competition as the expected WR3 on the Raiders depth chart as he will be fighting Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson for targets. Bryant has never been short on talent or supreme athleticism, so it will really be all on him to finally pull together the breakout season we have all been waiting for. There has always been too much baggage and controversy surrounding Bryant for me to take a risk on him. Bryant’s ADP is currently in the 12th round on FantasyFootballCalulator.com which is lower than it was last season when people were selecting him in the 4th round as a top-20 WR. Even with better value this season, Bryant is still a huge gamble in standard redraft leagues. His deep play threat makes him a decent late-round selection in best ball leagues and Bryant could become a solid value in weekly DFS tournaments.
Doug Martin a Perfect Fit in Oakland
July 30th | 2018
Doug Martin is looking to revive his career after he fell out of favor in Tampa Bay following consecutive seasons of sub-par play and limited availability.
Martin is comfortable in Oakland, not just because he was born there, but also for a handful of reasons he mentioned as NBC Sports writer, Scott Bair, reports:
“This is probably the top running line that I’ve run behind,” Martin said. “I can definitely tell the holes are there and wide open. I can’t wait to run behind these guys.”
When speaking of Tom Cable’s run blocking scheme, Martin also had this to say: “It’s really once you get the ball, you pick a hole and you just go,” Martin said. “It’s a timing thing, and we have some gap schemes in there and those are probably one of my favorite types of run plays – where you just get the ball and just hit it.”
Martin has also drawn praise from his new teammates, as left guard Kelechi Osemele mentioned, “I think Doug Martin is a strong and a tough guy, but he’s also athletic,” Osemele said. “He has really good vision as a running back so he’s going to be able to change direction and hit holes and stuff like that.”
We all know the routine at this point. Martin has had multiple seasons as an RB1 in fantasy football with two years of 1,400+ rushing yards on his resume. The downside is Martin also has four seasons of less than 500 rushing yards on that same resume. The trend with Martin has been that when healthy both mentally and physically, Martin has performed in the two seasons in which he completed all 16 games. He averaged 4.6 yards per attempt in his rookie season as well as 4.9 yards per attempt in 2015, earning Pro-Bowl honors each year and even managed First-Team All-Pro honors in 2015 per pro-football-reference.com. Martin has his work cut out for him right now in what is a presumed committee with fellow Oakland native, Marshawn Lynch. This will be a backfield to monitor closely in the preseason to see exactly which version of Doug Martin is showing up this season. If on the right track, Martin could crush his current 11th round ADP on fantasyfootballcalculator.com as a low-risk, high-upside pick that late in drafts.
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