As the NFL is set to begin week three of the preseason, teams must cut their training camp rosters down to 80 players ahead of Tuesday's deadline. The Green Bay Packers will be making a shocking cut to get down to the limit, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. They will release linebacker Kamal Martin, whom they drafted in the fifth round back in 2020.
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Martin's release comes as a surprise after he played 10 games (six starts) for the Packers in his rookie season. He finished his first NFL campaign with 24 total tackles, a sack and a quarterback hit. The 23-year-old also owned a 73.3 overall grade on Pro Football Focus, which shows that he was pretty solid in the limited time that he saw (19% of snaps).
Unfortunately, Martin couldn't continue his small moments of success into training camp this year. He spent most of his time practicing with Green Bay's third-string unit and was even being tried as an EDGE by the coaching staff.
The good news is that Martin is still in his early 20s and his NFL career is likely far from over. Many teams would appreciate having a young linebacker like him on the roster, especially with the uncertainty that surrounds another season during the COVID-19 pandemic. Only time will tell where he ends up, though.
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