As a gambler and sports fan, you want to stay up the latest NFL news so when you get the opportunity to make free bets online, you can make those free bets with the latest and greatest information that is available. After week one of the National Football League (NFL) season, the transactions are flowing as teams are busy making last second adjustments to its rosters.
Out of New England comes reports that the New England Patriots have traded a future undisclosed draft pick to the Houston Texans for services of wide receiver Keshawn Martin. In order to make room on its 53-man roster, the Patriots also put defensive lineman Khyri Thornton on waivers. It is worth noting that Thornton was immediately picked up off the waiver wire by the Green Bay Packers.
The move comes after Martin spent Houston’s season opener on the bench against the Kansas City Chiefs, a game which they lost 27-20 in Houston. It was clear he didn’t figure much in the Texans’ plans for the current season. For the Patriots, the move helps them shore up the team’s receiving corps, which has been subject to a barrage of injuries over the past couple of years.
The 25 year-old Martin was born and raised Inkster, Michigan. He played his college ball at Michigan State University where he was consider a solid if not great wide-receiver and kick return man. In fact, it was his kick returning abilities that caught the eye of several scouts around the NFL. When his career with the Spartans was completed, he entered the 2012 NFL draft.
Martin was selected by the Texans in the 4th round as the 121st overall pick. During his rookie season, he played sparingly at the wide receiver position, but got the opportunity to start returning kicks when Houston’s regular kick returner was given his release. During that first season, Martin caught 10 passes for 85 yards. He also scored the first touchdown of his career against the Jacksonville Jaguars when he caught a 9-yard TD pass from starting Quarterback Matt Schaub.
Coming into the 2015 season, Martin has caught a total of 38 passes for 416 yards with 3 touchdowns. He had also accumulated a total of 2,473 yards on a combination of kick and punt returns. The brightest moment of his career came during the 2013 season when he returned a punt for 87 yards and the
only special teams touchdown of his pro career.
While his anticipated role with his new team is not readily apparent, it is assumed he will serve as a backup wide receiver and might get the opportunity to return a few kicks. It has to be considered an honor for this young man to receive the opportunity to catch passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady who was recently reinstated by the courts after being suspended by the NFL for his possible involvement in the controversial “deflate-gate” situation. He is also getting the chance to
play for a team that has a knack for making it to the Super Bowl.
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