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Jets trying to find rest for Martin

Curtis Martin may have been the oldest player to win a rushing title since Marion Motley ran for 810 yards in 1950 but he performs each year as a spry 25 year old just hitting his prime due to his impressive work ethic and offseason conditioning. That does not mean the New York Jets want to see him continue the pounding that has allowed him to average 330 carries per season.

The Jets would like to save Curtis Martin from the grind of short yardage. Martin, who led the NFL in first downs with 102 (90 rushing, 12 receiving), had 12 runs on third-and-one, converting 11 of them. While his success is applauded, the Jets understand they need a healthy Martin through the season to compete in a tough AFC East. Newcomer Derrick Blaylock isn't a short yardage specialist...

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