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.

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