No one expected much from the running back when the team reported in the last week of July. The 22-year-old from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, didn’t start for the Scarlet Knights last season and had to attend a tryout after the draft to get an invite to camp.
Less than three weeks into camp, Martin has opened some eyes. He has continually broken some big runs during the practices. He did it again on Thursday night in the second half of the preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns, picking up 39 yards on five carries with a long run of 19 yards.
The only Giant who did better was No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley, who had 43 yards on five carries, including a game-opening 39-yard run.
“I know what I am bringing to the team,” Martin said Sunday after practice. “I had a rocky college experience, different coaches, different running backs coaches, a lot of ups and downs. It helped me. It formed my character, but at the end of the day I always knew I could play football. Given the chance and opportunity, playing with the best of the best in the NFL, I would be able to show my...