“I was in the group calling the plays, I look around, I’m like ‘Wow! It’s a great group here! “” Martinez told the Post when the Giants minicamp ended Thursday. “OK, this will work. It’s always good to have these feelings in every year.
If you’re interested in the state of the Giants’ defense, you turn to one of two men: safety back Logan Ryan or inside linebacker Blake Martinez.
We’ll let Martinez call the parts out loud this time for the Giants fan:
“For us, we think the sky is the limit. Once this Sunday comes home with a full stadium everyone will see, and it’s time for us to show up or shut up, ”Martinez said.
For Big Blue, a second year under the leadership of brainiac defensive coordinator Patrick Graham means it’s time to show up. Show yourself how the proud defenses of the Giants of yesteryear have always presented themselves.
“It has allowed us to continue to build this foundation that we have built,” Martinez said, “and on top of that, it just adds the ability to add some extra control, some kind of extra flavor to what we have. already done last year that worked, and just allows us to continue to be multiple and add new things and not let offenses know what we’re attacking them with.
Martinez detailed for The Post his observations on some of the key members of his brotherhood and several of the newcomers:
Mountainous nose tackle Danny Shelton, the Browns’ 2015 first-round pick replacing Dalvin Tomlinson: “It’s just going to make my job a lot easier. I messed around with the coaches saying it was no wonder he was a first round player because he’s basically three guys in one so basically with a pick you have three guys.
Dexter Lawrence’s Hog Mollieness compared to Shelton: “Dexter Lawrence is another freak of nature, he’s basically just a little taller, so he looks a little more slimmed down. We call it the “Juggernaut”. Like in the Marvel Comics character: he goes through just about anything and nothing can stop this guy.
Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, who missed the last 11 games of 2020 with an Achilles tendon injury: “Knowing him just as a person, I knew he was coming back ready to go. It was just cool and amazing to see him in the way he moves, the way he looks there.
Second round pick OLB Azeez Ojulari: “He’s a monster. He’s just obviously gross to come out, and again one of those guys that walked in, knew he had to put in the work, and he’s doing it every day and is extremely excited to see him grow up, and a once it clicks, it’s gonna be pretty scary.
Fourth round pick OLB Elerson Smith: “I call him ‘Gumby’. He’s around 7’9 ” tall, but he can move like a gymnast there. It’s the same as Azeez. Once these two guys figure it out and click for them, they’ll become a scary duo.
Inside linebacker Reggie Ragland: “One of the great athletic men I’ve seen. Great guy in the locker room. He’s extremely smart, obviously has a lot of league experience. It was great to just bounce off different ideas with him.
Safety Xavier McKinney, who broke his foot in his rookie training camp last August and played six games: “He arrived bigger than ever, moving really well, just excited for him this year. “
Cornerback Adoree ‘Jackson: “A guy who just shows up ready to work, clings to his mission. “
Still hungry defensive lineman Leonard Williams, the $ 21 million man: “There’s no way our defense allows complacency on every level. “
Shelton (345 pounds before breakfast), sandwiched between Lawrence and Williams, are the muscles ahead of Brains, Martinez and Ryan.
“Each person understands defense as much as we do,” Martinez said, “but we’re the communicators out there. We’re the guys who, if something great happens, we line everyone up, everyone in the right order, calling out some things that we see, and again, great to have Logan on the team, because it has helped me grow as a player immensely.
Martinez was third in the league last season with 151 tackles.
“Finding ways to be even a step or two faster on certain things, to see things faster, to get people in the right controls faster,” he said of himself. . “Get as close to perfection as possible. “
Joe Judge: “Whether it’s a coach or a player, he’s going to make sure he’s getting the best out of everyone. … His main thing is that he believes that every person could be even better than what people expect. There are a lot of people who would congratulate us last year. But as a team we all know we are competitors and we want to play further in January and continue our season. … There is no complacency anywhere at any time, at any level of this team, and it starts with him and all the way down.
On the other side of the ball, Daniel Jones: “He’s a guy who is going to enter the locker room, everyone will listen. He enters the caucus, each player listens to him. He is demanding, he knows how to compete. We don’t have a quarterback, we have a number one leader on this team and a number one leader in the NFL.
Kenny Golladay: “The guy is an animal. Once again, glad he’s on my team. It’s a bit like the Saquon [Barkley] effect. I’m glad we have these guys on our team.
The young offensive line: “They trained together this offseason, they did several things together, create links, work with the new [O-line coach Rob Sale]. It’s going to be exciting to see this growth. When they click as a unit I think they are one of the best around. “
Giants fans: “Everyone should be as excited as we are. The ability to have the energy of Giant fans at the stadium this year will only increase it even more. They’re going to get to be able to be excited by us playing and seeing how much fun we’re having, and on top of that, that resilience and that race to compete to get out there and compete every week and go up to success.
” I can not wait. ”