It has already happened again for Blake Martinez.
“I’ve been in need and called the plays, I look around, I’m like, ‘Wow! This is a great hug right here! ” Martinez told The Post when the Giants minicamp ended Thursday. “‘OK, this will work out.’ It is always good to have these feelings every year. ”
If you’re interested in the state of the Giants’ defense, go for one of two men: security Logan Ryan or inside linebacker Blake Martinez.
We’re letting Martinez call the players out loud this time to the Giants tab:
“For us, we believe that the sky is the limit. When that Sunday comes home with a full stadium, everyone will see and it̵
For Big Blue, another year under brainiac defense coordinator Patrick Graham means it’s time to show up. Show the way proud giant defenses from the past always showed up.
“It has allowed us to continue to build the foundation that we built,” Martinez said, “and on top of that, it just adds the ability to add an extra check, a kind of extra flavor to the things we already did. last year that worked, and just allows us to become more and add new things and not allow offenses to know what we are attacking them with. ”
Martinez collapsed for The Post his observations on some of the most important members of his fraternity and several of the new ones:
Mountainous Nose tackles Danny Shelton, the Browns’ first round in 2015, replacing Dalvin Tomlinson: “It just wants to make my job a lot easier. I messed with the coaches and said it was no wonder he was a first player because he is basically three guys in one, so basically with a choice you have three guys. ”
Dexter Lawrence’s Hog Mollieness compared to Shelton: “Dexter Lawrence is another nature freak, he’s basically just a little taller, so he looks a little thinner. We call him ‘Juggernaut’. As in the Marvel Comics character: He runs pretty much through everything, and nothing can stop that guy. ”
Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, who missed the last 11 games of 2020 with an Achilles tendon injury: “Just knowing him as a person, I knew he would come back ready to go. It has just been cool and been great to see him back as he moves as he looks out there. ”
The second round chooses OLB Azeez Ojulari: “He is a freak. He’s just obviously raw about getting out, and once again one of the guys who came in knew he had to put the work in, and he’s done that every single day and just very excited to watch him grow, and when it clicks, it gets pretty scary. ”
Fourth round, OLB elects Elerson Smith: “I call him ‘Gumby.’ He’s like 7 feet 9, but he can move like a gymnast out there. It’s the same as Azeez. Once both of these guys have got it and they click on them, they become a scary duo. ”
Inside linebacker Reggie Ragland: “One of the great athletic men I’ve ever seen. Great guy in the locker room. He is extremely smart, of course he has had a lot of experience in the league. It has been great to just blow up different ideas with him. ”
Security Xavier McKinney, who broke his foot in his rookie training camp last August and played in six matches: “He came locked up bigger than ever before and moved really well, just excited for him this year.”
Cornerback Adoree ‘Jackson: “A guy who just shows up ready to work locks in on his task.”
An eternally hungry defensive lineman Leonard Williams, man of $ 21 million: “There is no way our defense allows any complacency across the board.”
Shelton (345 pounds before breakfast), squeezed between Lawrence and Williams, is brawn in front of the brains, Martinez and Ryan.
“Every person understands the defense just as much as we do,” Martinez said, “but we are the communicators out there. We are the guys that if something funky happens, we get everyone in line, everyone in the right check and call on certain things that we see, and once again great to have Logan on the team, because he has helped me grow as a player immensely. ”
Martinez was third in the league last season with 151 tackles.
“Finding ways to even be one or two steps faster on certain things, see things faster, get people in the right controls faster,” he said of himself. “Get as close to perfection as you can.”
Joe Judge: “Whether it’s a coach or a player, he has to make sure he gets the best out of everyone. … His first thing is that he believes that every single person can be even better than what people expect. There are a lot of people out there who would pat us on the back last year. But we all as a team know we are competitors and we will play further into January and continue our season. … There is no satisfaction anywhere at any time, any level in this team and it starts with him and all the way down. ”
On the other side of the ball, Daniel Jones: “He is a guy who wants to step into the locker room, everyone wants to listen. He steps into the gap, each player listening to him. He is demanding, he knows how to compete. We do not have a quarterback, we have a leading leader in this team and a leading in the NFL. ”
Kenny Golladay: “The guy is an animal. Once again, excited that he’s on my team. It’s a kind of Saquon [Barkley] effect. I’m glad we have these guys on our team. ”
The young offensive line: “They have trained this offseason together, they have done several things together, tied, worked with the new [O-line coach Rob Sale]. It will be exciting to see that growth. When they click as a unit, I think they are the best out there. ”
Giants fans: “Everyone should be as excited as we are. The ability to have the energy of the giant fans in the stadium this year will only increase it even more. They will be able to just have excitement on us out there playing and seeing how much fun we have, and on top of that, the resilience and the grind of competition to go out there and compete every single week and come up successful.
“I can not wait.”