Running on about three hours of sleep, New York Jets safety Ronald Martin doesn't care about the time change or the obvious fatigue as he practiced with his new team on Monday for the first time.
Claimed off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks, Martin found out on Sunday morning in a phone conversation with his agent that the Jets were interested in claiming him off waivers.After he was claimed off waivers, he arrived at Newark International Airport at 1:00 A.M. on Monday morning following a cross-continental flight and was at the team hotel an hour later. Then an hour after that he said he fell asleep. It was admittedly not a very good sleep.
He got about three hours of shut-eye before waking up and being over at the team facility by 6:30 A.M. for breakfast and to begin to study the playbook..
"It's been a fast process. Just looking to embrace it," Martin told Metro on Monday.
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"Can't wait to get back to football and help my new team. It's a different challenge and definitely embrace it like I said. At the end of the day it's about football."
He said he'll stay after team meetings on Monday afternoon to get more playbook study time but "I definitely will be getting to bed early."
Given the depth of the vaunted Seahawks secondary, Martin is finding himself in pretty good shape with the Jets. In fact, the team cut third-year safety Rontez Miles to make room for him on the roster. Miles had a very good training camp and looked comfortable last Thursday in the preseason finale; it was a surprise to see him not make the 53-man roster given his growth and development.
Head coach Todd Bowles on Monday praised Martin for his awareness and that they liked what they saw of him on film. He was an undrafted rookie free agent signed by the Seahawks after a solid career at LSU.
"I think this a great opportunity for me over here. It's a great scheme, kind of similar to something I did back in college. I'm just looking to settle in," Martin said.
"I'm getting ready to get everything kicking, get the system down because right now it's a little bit shaky. But getting out there is helping, I feel like I can do things over here and help."