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FB Jamar Martin (official thread)


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Anyone know Jamar Martin's prospects? I thought he might be a better pro than college player, but so far he hasn't really gotten the chance. Could this be a break-out year for him?
Didn't Jamar tear his ACL during his rookie year? Missing his entire first season certainly didn't help his transition into the NFL. I know he played a good deal for the Cowboys last year and he's still the battering ram we remember from his days in Columbus. If he can stay healthy he has the ability to be one of the better blocking fullbacks in the league. Problem is he's joined in the backfield by Troy Hambrick and Quincy Carter.
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I swear I read recently that the Cowboys re-signed Hambrick.


Dallas Cowboys: In a move that could facilitate a trade, Cowboys veteran tailback Troy Hambrick has signed a one-year contract worth $628,000. The deal is commensurate to the qualifying offer the club made Hambrick in early March to retain right-of-first refusal on the restricted free agent.

For Jamar's sake I hope Julius Jones gets a lot of carries this fall. After watching Hambrick run out of bounds in the Philadelphia game last year he couldn't play on my team.
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Here's all you need to know about Jamar's prospects at this point in time: the Cowboys traded for a FB from Tampa Bay on draft day, and signed a free agent FB from Pitt two days later.

Apparently, he hasn't convinced Parcells that he's the answer at FB, but he's still on the roster, so he still has a chance.
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Ex - Buckeye Martin now a Saint

Former Ohio State fullback Jamar Martin signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. A fourth-round draft pick in 2002, he is expected to compete for a starting job.

"That’s our expectation," Martin’s agent, Jeff Chilcoat, said. "We had certainly pursued and found several teams that were interested, but the Saints made the most sense for Jamar."
Martin, a Canton native who played at Ohio State from 1998 to 2001, played two seasons with Dallas and one with Miami, then was out of football last season.
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Former Ohio State fullback and McKinley High School star Jamar Martin signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints. Martin is in training camp fighting for a roster spot. He spent the first two years of his career with Dallas but didn’t play as a rookie because of an injury.

He was released by Miami last year. Martin has a good chance of making the roster. New Orleans has only one other fullback, third-year pro Mike Karney, on the roster.

If Martin makes it, he’ll get to play in Cleveland for the Saints opener. He would be blocking for two of the best backs in the NFL in Deuce McAllister and rookie Reggie Bush.
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The day in camp

Monday, August 14, 2006BY DAVE HUTCHINSON
Star-Ledger Staff

If looking the part means anything, then newly acquired Jamar Martin will be the Jets' Opening Day starting fullback. At 5-11, 244 pounds, he's a human wrecking ball and a prototype for the position.
Martin, a three-year veteran, was claimed off waivers over the weekend from the Saints. The Jets want a blocking fullback on the roster for goal-line and short-yardage situations because current starter, B.J. Askew, is more of a runner than a blocker.
Martin, who sat out last season, realizes he's part of a dying breed in the NFL, but feels if you're good at what you do, there's a place for you.
"I really don't fit in (most offenses)," said Martin. "Most of the fullbacks now are smaller guys who are a lot faster than I am and can also play running back. I'm not built to be a running back. My body is built to be a blocker.
"That's my mold. That's how I try to fit in. I'm somebody who'll slam it up in there and make room for the guys who can run the ball."
Martin, 26, was a fourth-round pick by Dallas in 2002 but missed the season with a knee injury. The following year, he played 14 games with the Cowboys, mainly on special teams, and played with former Jet and current Jets coach Richie Anderson.
In 2004, Martin was released in training camp and signed with Miami. He played nine games with the Dolphins that season but was released in training camp last season. He ended up sitting out the season.
He was signed by the Saints just before the start of training camp this summer but was released when New Orleans had a rash of defensive injuries and had to sign some players.

"I'm just grateful for the opportunity to be in camp," said Martin, who has rushed for 4 yards on two attempts in 23 career games, two starts. "I sat out all last year and any opportunity is a great opportunity. I'm just looking to come in and do whatever is asked of me and do it at 100 percent."
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FB Jamar Martin (5-11, 244 pounds) could be a huge addition. Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer knows the value of a good blocking FB, because the coach worked with Pro Bowler Lorenzo Neal the past three seasons in San Diego.

Neal, a former Jet, is the premier blocking fullback in the league and has paved the way for fellow Pro Bowler LaDainian Tomlinson.

The move to bring in Martin, a three-year veteran, could mean trouble for starter B.J. Askew, who is more runner than blocker and has had a quiet camp.

Also, it doesn't bode well for Askew that rookie free-agent FB Stacy Tutt is working with the first team this week.
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