Joe Martinek of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights runs the ball against the Army Black Knights at Yankee Stadium on November 12, 2011. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Joe Martinek, the former Rutgers University running back, will be among the contingent of hopefuls who hit the field at the Timex Performance Center Friday morning when the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants begin their three-day rookie mini-camp.
Martinek, 6-foot and 224 pounds, was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent. The New Jersey native said the "Giants were the right choice" for him to try to establish an NFL career.
"When I went to work out with them I think I proved to them that I belong on this level. I belong on their team and can definitely help their team," Martinek said. "I think I opened up their eyes -- people who don't know me I plan on opening up their eyes, too."
A complete roster of the players who will be working out for the Giants over the next three days will not be available until Friday morning.
We know, however, that Martinek will be joined by the players the Giants selected in the recently-completed NFL Draft. That list is as follows:
Round 1 (32nd) -- David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech; Round 2 (63rd) -- Rueben Randle, WR, LSU; Round 3 (94th) -- Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech; Round 4 (127th) -- Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati; Round 4 (131st) -- Brandon Mosley, OL, Auburn; Round 6 (201st) -- Matt McCants, OT, UAB; Round 7 -- Markus Kuhn, DT, N.C. State.
The practices during the mini-camp are not open to the public. There will be four practices open to the media, however, two on Friday and two on Saturday. Follow SB Nation's Big Blue View on Twitter for reports from the mini-camp.