Where are they now? Receiver Ruvell Martin

Ruvell Martin signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2004 before going to NFL Europe and eventually settling in with the Packers. He set a career-high with four TDs last season and is off to a strong start in 2008. He checks in with SDBoltReport.com's Jaime Cattano to talk about staying in touch with his old Chargers mates, transitioning to Aaron Rodgers and much more.

Jaime Cattano: You played quarterback in high school and made the Wall of Fame. You then moved to wide receiver in college. What was the reason for the change?

Ruvell Martin: Yeah, it's been a long time since I played quarterback. The primary reason for the position switch was mostly due to my size. I'm 6'4" and about 220 pounds now. Although I wasn't that big in college, the coaches saw my size and knew that playing me as a receiver would be a huge advantage. They thought that I would excel the most there, and I guess they were right.

JC: During your time with the Chargers, you spent a great deal of time working with NFL Hall of Famer James Lofton. Do you still keep in touch with him?

RM: I actually just spoke to him a few days ago. We do keep in touch and speak a few times a year. He calls mostly to congratulate me on my accomplishments because he knows from experience that it is not an easy feat to make an NFL roster. We don't work out together and he doesn't offer any coaching tips anymore, so mostly the talks are him honoring and recognizing my accomplishments and asking about my family. He's a really solid guy and I value our friendship.


WR Ruvell Martin
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JC: You signed with the Chargers in 2004 then played in the NFL Europe for a year. Now, you are with the Green Bay Packers. How have you progressed through the years and what have you learned through each stop along the way?

RM: I have definitely gained a lot of confidence in my game but have learned the most from the people I have met along the way. I know it's important to surround myself with positive things from coaches, players and friends. Playing pro football is mentally and physically challenging. By surrounding myself with positive influences, I am better challenged in the weight room and can prepare better for game time.

JC: Do you still keep in touch with any of your old Chargers teammates?

RM: Yes, I keep in pretty good touch with Malcom Floyd. We developed a pretty good friendship while I was there and we definitely keep in touch now. He actually came to Michigan a few years back and attended my wedding. He's been a great and reliable friend through the past few years.

JC: You have now played under several coaches who all have a unique style of coaching. Which coaching style suits you best?

RM: I am definitely a fan of having good dialogue between a player and a coach. I want to express my thoughts and explain why I might run a route a certain way. I definitely want feedback from a coach and I also want him to foster my talents as opposed to molding me into a certain type of receiver. Because of my size, I might do things differently than another receiver so I need a coach to recognize those things and cater to my strengths.

JC: How do you feel about Aaron Rodgers and his production thus far?

RM: I'm feeling great about him on the field and I'm very confident in his abilities. He's won four games for us so far and I know he has a lot to offer. He's a good friend and I think he is doing very well.

JC: In terms of your game, what area do you think needs the most attention?

RM: I think I just need more experience on the field. I want to be the No. 1 or No. 2 receiver for every down. I know I can do a good job out there and I know I will keep improving. When I am asked to do something, I know I can do it, whether it is blocking, route running or making a catch. So, I just want more live-game experience out there to sharpen my skills.


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