Training Camp Titans’ Mike Martin earns some first-team reps

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by Titans Insider, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Titans Insider

    Titans Insider Titans News

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,580
    One of the defensive standouts for the Titans when they scrimmaged Atlanta earlier this week was rookie defensive tackle Mike Martin.

    Whether lining up as a nose tackle or in the “three” position – on the outside shoulder of the guard – the 6-1, 306-pound Martin managed to get into the Falcons’ backfield on a number of occasions.

    The question that arose: Could Martin, who was playing primarily against Atlanta’s second- and third-teamers, replicate that kind of success against first-teamers?

    Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said Martin will soon get some opportunities to show that in practice and possibly preseason games.

    “He did a tremendous job (against the Falcons),” Gray said of Martin, a third-round pick out of Michigan. “We stunted and gave him a chance to move around, and he did what we needed him to do. Again, it’s good when he’s going against their second or third team.

    “You’ll be surprised. In practice, we’re going to put him in with the first group (at times). Sometimes it’s, `Hey let me see what you can do with those guys,’ because that’s who you’re going to play against in the NFL. Then evaluate him there to see if he can hold up there, and if he’s doing that on a consistent basis, then he’ll be a good player for you.

    “So we have to pick and choose where we put him and give him a chance to go out there and play against good guys on our team, and then hopefully he’ll get a chance to do that in games.”

    Source: Titans Insider
    #1
  2. TitanJeff

    TitanJeff Kahuna Grande Staff

    Joined:
    May 24, 2002
    Messages:
    23,233
    He'll be one of those I watch Saturday night.
    #2
  3. Titan43

    Titan43 Pro Bowler

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    Messages:
    3,128
    I hope he keeps it up against the 1st stringers. Martin/Casey could be a great Titan's duo for years to come.
    #3
    • High Five High Five x 1
  4. TitanJeff

    TitanJeff Kahuna Grande Staff

    Joined:
    May 24, 2002
    Messages:
    23,233
    I'm more excited about this guy than Wright or Brown.
    #4
    • High Five High Five x 1
  5. xpmar9x

    xpmar9x Vote for Pedro

    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Messages:
    12,403
    I was hoping for him to start. Casey & Martin, with Klug is pass rush situations... Casey should be a pro-bowler this year.
    #5
  6. Finnebosch

    Finnebosch I am vengeance.

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2009
    Messages:
    2,533
    I think Casey and Martin will be the best DT duo in NFL. Can't wait to see these two on the field together.
    #6
  7. JCBRAVE

    JCBRAVE Tweet me @JCBRAVE

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    44,457
    I'm also very excited to see Martin play, he's my choice for the 2nd DT position. Marks & Smith suck and Klug is not an every down DT, so Martin should have no trouble taking that 2nd DT job.
    #7
  8. JCBRAVE

    JCBRAVE Tweet me @JCBRAVE

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    44,457
    It's gonna be funny watching all those 6'4"+ Centers and Guards tryna block Martin and Casey. I don't think either is even 6'1". Not so easy blocking those guys, they're both very compact and explosive.
    #8
  9. Ensconatus

    Ensconatus Losing faith...

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2011
    Messages:
    9,802
    Very excited for Martin. This was the one player I wanted us to draft for sure.
    #9
  10. LANGSTER

    LANGSTER Starter

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2005
    Messages:
    1,923
    I hope this means we can send the nut grabber packing! He has shown me nothing but bad attitude
    #10
    • High Five High Five x 2