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Report: Raiders to make a strong push for running back Doug Martin in free agency

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Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden came away impressed by Doug Martin. Team will make a strong push to sign him in free agency.

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Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was able to arrange a meeting with Doug Martin and came away impressed enough to have the team make a strong push to sign the veteran running back in free agency.

Martin, a seventh-year back out of Boise St, has struggled to find consistency in the NFL. After bursting onto the scene in his rookie season with 1454 yards and 11 touchdowns, he had under 500 yards rushing in four of his next five seasons as he battled through injuries.

He did have another big year in 2015 with 1400 yards, but it will be on Gruden and his coaching staff to see if they can resurrect Martin’s career.