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ROOKIE SPOTLIGHT: Martrell Spaight


During training camp, will provide an in-depth look at the drafted rookies, both on and off the field. Today's spotlight is on Martrell Spaight, a fifth-round pick.

Its 20 minutes after the morning walkthrough and Martrell Spaight is on to yet another interview, this time with an entirely different set of questions.

The Arkansas product smiles at each question asked, responding to the reporters with a polite "yes sir" or "yes ma'am" before diving into his thoughts.

He is simply one of the nicest guys off the field, but on it, his aggressive play has turned quite a few heads over the years.

"You have to try to learn how to flip the switch on and off, and that's something I've been trying to practice," he said. "You get a lot of players that are mean on the football field and mean in real life as well, so I try to manage both of them and know how to flip the switch on and off. I know it's my strong point in my game. I'm a physical player, and I just need to continue to be that type of player. It's not just about being physical but going out there and making plays and being a playmaker. I just try to combine it all together to be a complete athlete."

Even with that physicality, Spaight admits that "every day I come out here to butterflies."

"I try to kill that but it just keeps coming back inside me just knowing that it's a dream come true and coming out here with those veterans and the rookies and just trying to get better daily," he said. "I know this is a big task and I'm having fun doing it, but I always have the butterflies with me. I think it's always been that way."

Spaight says that he'll definitely contribute to special teams early on, but right now, he's trying to improve his defensive prowess with each snap.

"Once I get my opportunity to go out there on the football field on defense, I need to maximize my reps and just make sure to give the coaches confidence when they see me minimizing my mistakes," he said. "Once they see me they'll be like, 'Okay, we've got confidence that Martrell can get the job done.' I just have to build the confidence and trust in my coaches, and they have to build into me."

Five W's And One H

Who is your favorite basketball player?
"I have to go with Michael Jordan. Everybody goes with him."

What is your favorite possession?

Check out these photos of Arkansas linebacker Martrell Spaight, the 141st-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

"I'd have to say my 'Flex All.' We had a 'Flex All' competition in high school and I didn't win my junior year, but I ended up winning my senior year. So, it's kind of special to me. I have a little trophy for that. It's pretty cool."

When did you get your first cellphone?
"My first cellphone was when I was a freshman in high school. Nowadays kids are like ten years old with cell phones, and I'm like it took me half my life to get one."

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
"I went there for training for the combine, and I just fell in love with the place, the temperature, the climate, the trees. There's just a calm feeling about being in Florida. I just enjoyed being out there."

Why did you start playing football?
"I've been playing football since I was eight years old. My brothers and I went out and we were just walking around and we saw they were getting ready to have a team practice, so we asked some questions about it. The next thing you know my mom signed us up, and it's been going on ever since."

How long did it take you really hit you that you're in the NFL?
"It hasn't really sunk in with me yet actually. I sat down today in the meeting room and I was just looking at all the players, and I was like, 'Man, I'm with the Redskins. I'm in the NFL.' It hasn't sunk in with me yet, but I'm just enjoying the experience and trying to make the most of it."


--Reiter: 7/30
--Spencer: 7/31
--Mitchel: 8/1
--Jarrett: 8/2
--Martrell Spaight: 8/3
--Arie Kouandjio: 8/4
--Jamison Crowder: 8/5
--Matt Jones: 8/6
--Preston Smith: 8/7
--Brandon Scherff: 8/8




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