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New York Giants Re-Sign Joe Martinek to Practice Squad, Terminate Contract of Craig Marshall

October 10th, 2012 at 9:15 AM
By Dan Benton

On Tuesday, the New York Giants announced that they have re-signed running back Joe Martinek to their Practice Squad. In order to make room for Martinek, the team terminated the contract of defensive end Craig Marshall.

"I'M BAAAAAAAAAAAAACK #nyg," Martinek tweeted.

Martinek, a former Rutgers standout, was originally signed by the Giants as a undrafted rookie free agent. He spent the entire offseason with the team and caught two passes for 21 yards and a touchdown during the preseason. He was released on August 27th as part of the first round of cuts (75-man rosters).

In 49 games while at Rutgers, the New Jersey native rushed for 1,770 yards and 17 touchdowns on 391 carries (4.53 ypc). He also hauled in 46 receptions for 448 yards and a touchdown.

Martinek is also the all-time high school leading rusher in New Jersey state history with 7,589 yards.

The 6'0'', 225 lbs. rookie can be used both as a running back and as a fullback, although he is a bit undersized for the latter. Additionally, his signing might indicate the Giants are concerned about the status of Andre Brown, who suffered a concussion against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.


Tags: Andre Brown, Craig Marshall, Football, Joe Martinek, New York, New York Giants, NFL

3 Responses to “New York Giants Re-Sign Joe Martinek to Practice Squad, Terminate Contract of Craig Marshall”

  1.  Apexer says:

    I think this signing is more of a “we want a Frank Gore on the scout team” Than they are worred about running back depth. Scott certainly can’t be considered Frank Gore and The two B’s and Wilson will be practicing with the first team.

    •  Willy Wonka says:

      Agreed on this, nothing to see here. I have a question for the g101 prognosticators how do you read into randle’s performance and tc’s comments about wilson being “very close” to an expanded role. Will randle grab that #3 spot soon will wilson’s role actually become a 30-35% split soon? Are brown and hixon getting closed in on for a leapfrogging?

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    I think what we’ve seen over the past few years is that just because you “terminate” someone’s practice team contract doesn’t mean he isn’t still “in the family”. Seeing the yo-yo’ing of Perilloux last season should have been proof positive that the Giants don’t lose interest in someone just because they drop him from the team. In most cases, no other team will claim them and they’ll be sitting around waiting for the Giants to call them back.

    I don’t think Marshall is anything special (unlike Ojomo and Tracy, each of whom might be), but it never hurts to stockpile defensive ends.

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