American football inside linebacker Blake Edmon Martinez (born January 9, 1994) is still unsigned. After graduating from Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley, Arizona, he used a scholarship to enroll in Stanford University.
He started both of his years as a linebacker for the Cardinal at Stanford, and in 2015 he was named to the first team All-Pac-12. The Packers of Green Bay, Wisconsin, picked him up in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
New York Giants inside linebacker Blake Martinez was cut just two days after being included on the team’s original 53-man roster. The Giants picked up veteran offensive lineman Tyre Phillips off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens in a corresponding transaction.
Martinez, the club captain in 2021, suffered an ACL tear in the third game of the season. According to reports, the Giants were able to free up nearly $6 million in salary cap space by restructuring his deal in March, just in time for free agency. Martinez had one more year on the $30.75 million, three-year deal he signed before the 2020 season.
Blake Martinez is a good player. He was supposed to start. Now he's gone.
It was a mutual decision. He wasn't a great fit with the Giants new defense. Now they must figure a last-minute replacement. https://t.co/vaqmjxxgGy
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 2, 2022
Packers picked 28-year-old defender Blake Martinez in the fourth round of 2016. Martinez, who saw limited action as a starter in his first year, is now expected to take on that role in full this coming season for Green Bay.
In his second season, he topped the NFL with 144 tackles. In 2018, Martinez recorded the same number of sacks as in 2017, and he also set a personal best with five. In his aid, the Packers made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game in his final season with Green Bay, and he finished with 155 tackles.
Martinez had 151 tackles, 3 sacks, an interception, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in his lone full season with the New York Jets. Before his season-ending injury last year, he recorded 23 tackles.
Martinez appears to have struggled to secure a role in first-year defensive coordinator Wink Martindale’s defense, despite his extensive track record of success. Without Martinez, the Giants might give Micah McFadden, a rookie, more playing time. McFadden had an impressive preseason, ranking among New York’s leaders with 13 tackles over three exhibition games.
Martinez attended Stanford’s pro day but decided to rest on his combined performance, opting instead to showcase his skills in just the 60-yard shuttle, vertical jump (34″), and positional exercises. All 32 teams sent scouts and representatives, including Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
He visited several other organizations, including the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles, and participated in private workouts with each. Experts and scouts in the NFL draft industry predicted he would be selected between the fourth and sixth rounds.
Against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, Martinez made his Giants debut on Monday Night Football. Martinez had 13 tackles, the most on the Giants’ team, which finished with 16. Although the club lost 17-13 to the Chicago Bears in Week 2.
Martinez led the defense with 8 tackles (tied for the team lead) and his first sack of the season (on Mitchell Trubisky). Martinez led the club with 10 tackles and intercepted a pass made by Alex Smith in a 23-20 win over the Washington Football Team in Week 9.
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