Boise State Football

Raiders bring back last season’s leading rusher, former Boise State great Doug Martin

He is back in the silver and black.

Former Boise State running back Doug Martin re-signed with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday evening after spending the first few months of the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Martin, who spent his first six NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, spent the 2018 season with the Raiders. He led the team with 723 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He also added 18 receptions for 116 yards. He finished the season with a few highlights, rushing for 107 and 100 yards against the Broncos and Bengals in the final two games.

“Hopefully we can keep him around here. He’s a heckuva football player,” coach Jon Gruden said in December, before the 100-yard games.

The 723 yards Martin had on the ground were his most since 2015, when he rushed for 1,402 yards in Tampa. In his career, he has rushed for 5,356 yards and 30 touchdowns. Martin’s signing was made important after free-agent addition Isaiah Crowell tore an Achilles tendon in offseason workouts earlier this week.

This upcoming season will be the last for the Raiders in Oakland as the team prepares to move to Las Vegas in 2020. The Raiders drafted Alabama running back Josh Jacobs in the first round last Thursday.

The Minnesota Vikings opened rookie minicamp on Friday, and third-round pick Alexander Mattison spoke with the media. Mattison, who wore the same number as Martin (22) at Boise State, will be No. 25. He spoke highly of the Broncos’ culture and how he hopes it can translate to his new home.

“It’s not in the Blue, but it’s in the blood and sweat and tears that put in the Blue,” Mattison said. “There’s guys in there, if you walk in there you’ll see guys that just give it their all. It’s the culture, it’s contagious, and I think as long as that culture’s there, it’ll continue to grow.”

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Dave Southorn is a 2004 graduate from the University of Colorado. He has covered Boise State athletics since 2005, and worked at the Idaho Statesman since 2013. He’s won multiple Idaho Press Club awards and once won a contest designing a play for the Seattle Seahawks.If you like seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.