Giants waive running back Robert Martin

Nov 4, 2017; Piscataway,, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Robert Martin (7) runs the ball in for a touch down against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half of the game at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Giants thin out the backup running back candidate list.

A day after signing running back Rod Smith, an unrestricted free agent who spent all but one game of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants waived first-year man Robert Martin, a running back they had signed last year out of Rutgers.

Martin spent all of 2018 on the Giants practice squad. It was thought that he might have a chance to compete this year for a backup role at running back behind Saquon Barkley, but with the Giants adding Smith and with Paul Perkins fully healthy after spending last year on the reserve./non-football injury list, Martin became expendable.

In four seasons at Rutgers, Martin had 449 carries for 2,274 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. He also added 20 receptions for 135 yards for a total of 2,409 scrimmage yards on 469 touches.

Smith will compete with Perkins, Wayne Gallman and rookie free agent Jon Hilliam (also out of Rutgers) for the projected two backup spots behind Barkley, the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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