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Grambling’s Martez Carter in a battle for spot in Washington

The odds are against him, but that’s nothing new.


The NFL team in Washington has seven running backs vying for what will ultimately be four or five spots on the 53 man roster. Martez Carter from Grambling is one of those running backs.

The first week of minicamp is underway and Carter has already experienced a rookie adventure. He missed some reps on the second day of training camp after his shoe got mutilated after a play. He didn’t have another shoe and had to watch the rest of practice.

“At that point, you just take mental reps, so if you get in on that play and Coach calls that same play, you’ll pretty much be schooled on it,” Carter told the Washington Post.

While the shoe was something beyond Carter’s control he has done a great job with first impressions. When camp opened up on Thursday, “Mr. Excitement” was the very first player onto the field.

Carter has become fast friends with Washington veteran Rob Kelley who started seven games at running back last season. The two sit beside one another in the running backs room.  Carter considers Kelley his own “sensei”

Starting running back Chris Thompson is returning this season from an injury just as Kelley is, so there’s a lot of unknowns at the top of the depth chart. Washington averaged just 90.5 rushing yards per game last season, 28th in the league.

“They’re all great kids, they all work extremely hard,” Coach Jay Gruden told the Washington Post. “But at the end of the day, it’s going to be about the guy who protects the football, the guy who can protect the quarterback and makes the tough runs, runs after contact, and we’ll let it play out and go from there.”

There are some conversations around pundit circles that compare Carter to Tarik Cohen from the Chicago Bears. Both are sub-6-foot speedsters who are HBCU products. Cohen played at North Carolina A&T, in case you missed that. If Carter were to make the Washington roster and contribute at a Tarik Cohen level, it would certainly be a win. Cohen picked up 723 yards from scrimmage with three touchdowns in 2017.

The day to watch for is September 1, which is the date that every NFL team must get down to its 53 man roster.



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