Robert Martin was playing Call of Duty when he got called to duty.

On the Sunday morning after the NFL Draft, as he tried to put out of his mind the uncertainty ahead, Martin was playing video games with a few of his former Rutgers teammates when the phone rang with a tryout offer for Giants rookie minicamp.

This is a real big opportunity for me, Martin said Saturday before the second of three practices. I want to show them that I can play and I haven’t reached my peak yet. I want them to see my mindset is to work and make a play when my name is called.

He’s just a professional, the slugger said. The definition of it. He comes in here, works his butt off every single day. Doesn’t matter if you need him at DH, third base, first base, probably plays some outfield, too. He just comes out here and does his job.

Walker, who went 2-for-5, clubbed reliever Chris Hatcher’s 93-mph fastball into the outfield for a single, scoring Gary Sanchez easily as the throw home from center fielder Mark Canha sailed wide right.

According to the Panthers’ website, running back Fozzy Whittaker tore the ACL in his right knee during a non-contact drill on Monday. As a result, the Panthers have placed Whittaker on injured reserve.

In an Instagram post, Whittaker vowed to returnand quoted Captain America.

Whittaker, who is set to become a free agent next year, might not be a household name around the league, but he’s an important role player for the Panthers. He didn’t do much last season, but in 2016, he racked up 491 yards from scrimmage in a limited role. It could be a devastating injury for Whittaker, who will turn the dreaded running back age of 30 after the season, when he’ll enter free agency.

No, not pumped up, Carter said. Classical music is more my after-the-game-to-relax (choice) and get my mind off things.

Carter developed into a five-star football recruit at a Georgia high school that didn’t offer orchestra, so he took up other options: Tuba and baritone stuck. Others didn’t.
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Saints likely to pass on Malcolm Butler and bolster secondary through NFL draft

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New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler recently signed his contract tender, and the Patriots can officially trade him to any team. However, the New Orleans Saints arent likely to be Butlers new NFL home.

Over the past few months, there were reports going around that the Saints were interested in the one-time Pro Bowler. In fact, New Orleans hosted Butler for a visit in the early stages of free agency. Despite that interest, the cost to get Butler is too high. The Saints are planning on keeping the No. 11 and No. 32 picks, as well as their second-round pick, according to The MMQBs Peter King.

The Miami Hurricanes have the longest, with their 14-year streak from 1995-2008. Alabama has had a first-round pick every year since 2009, so a selection on Thursday night will bring the number to nine years, which ties Florida.

Alabama has the chance to tie or even break another Miami record, too. The Hurricanes currently have the record for the most first-round picks taken in a single draft. In 2004, Miamis team saw six players taken. The Tide could likely tie that number, but theres a is a slim chance that they could break it.

The mock was written before the NFL announced Foster failed his drug test at the combine in February, but the linebacker is still expected to go during Round 1. Foster told NFL Networks Ian Rapoport that his dilutedsample was the result of food poisoning.
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Linebacker Tim Williams, safety Eddie Jackson, and linebacker Ryan Anderson have a shot to be taken in the first round, but it seems unlikely.