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.
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