It has already occurred once more for Blake Martinez.
“I’ve been in the huddle calling the plays, I’m looking around, I’m like, ‘Wow! This is an awesome huddle right here!’ ” Martinez advised The Post when the Giants minicamp ended on Thursday. “ ‘OK, this is gonna work out.’ It’s always good to have those feelings going into each and every year.”
If you have an interest within the state of the Giants’ protection, you go to one in all two males: security Logan Ryan or inside linebacker Blake Martinez.
We’ll let Martinez name the performs out loud this time for the Giants fan:
“For us, we think the sky’s the limit. Once that Sunday comes around at home with a full stadium, everyone’s gonna see, and it’s time for us to show-up-or-shut-up type of thing,” Martinez stated.
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“It’s allowed us to continue building that foundation that we built,” Martinez stated, “and top of that, it just adds in the ability to add an extra check, kind of extra flavor to the stuff we already did last year that worked, and just allows us to keep being multiple and add new things and not allow offenses to know what we’re attacking ’em with.”
Martinez broke down for The Post his observations on a number of the key members of his brotherhood and a number of other of the newcomers:
Mountainous nostril deal with Danny Shelton, the 2015 Browns’ first-round choose who replaces Dalvin Tomlinson: “It’s just gonna make my job that much easier. I messed with the coaches saying that no wonder he was a first-rounder, ’cause he’s basically three guys in one, so basically with one pick you got three guys.”
Dexter Lawrence’s Hog Mollieness in comparison with Shelton: “Dexter Lawrence is another freak of nature, he basically is just a little taller, so he kind of looks a little more thinned out. We call him the ‘Juggernaut.’ As in the Marvel Comics character: He pretty much runs through anything and nothing can stop that dude.”
Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, who missed the final 11 video games in 2020 with an Achilles tendon harm: “Just knowing him as a person, I knew he was gonna come back ready to go. It’s just been cool and been amazing to see him back the way he’s moving, the way he’s looking out there.”
Second-round choose OLB Azeez Ojulari: “He’s a freak. He’s just obviously raw coming out, and once again one of those guys that came in, knew he had to put the work in, and he’s been doing that every single day and just extremely excited to see him grow, and once it clicks, it’s gonna be pretty scary.”
Fourth-round choose OLB Elerson Smith: “I call him ‘Gumby.’ He’s like 7-foot-9, but he can move like a gymnast out there. It’s the same thing as Azeez. Once both of those guys get it and they click for ’em, they’re gonna be a scary duo.”
Inside linebacker Reggie Ragland: “One of the athletic big men I’ve seen. Awesome guy in the locker room. He’s extremely smart, obviously he’s has had a bunch of experience in the league. It’s been great to kind of just bounce off different ideas with him.”
Safety Xavier McKinney, who broke his foot in his rookie coaching camp final August and performed in six video games: “He came in locked in bigger than ever, moving really well, just excited for him this year.”
Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson: “A guy that just shows up ready to work, lock in on his assignment.”
A forever-hungry defensive lineman Leonard Williams, the $21 million man: “There’s no way our defense would allow any complacency across the board.”
Shelton (345 kilos earlier than breakfast), sandwiched between Lawrence and Williams, are the brawn in entrance of the brains, Martinez and Ryan.
“Every person understands the defense just as much as us,” Martinez stated, “but we’re the communicators out there. We’re the guys that if anything funky happens, we get everyone lined up, everyone in the right check, calling out certain things that we see, and once again, awesome to have Logan on the team, ’cause he’s helped me grow as a player immensely.”
Martinez was third within the league final season with 151 tackles.
“Finding ways to even be one or two steps quicker on certain things, see things faster, get people in the right checks quicker,” he stated of himself. “Get as close to perfection as you can.”
Joe Judge: “Whether it’s a coach or a player, he’s gonna make sure he’s getting the best out of everybody. … His number one thing is he believes that every single person could be even better than what people expect. There’s a lot of people out there that would pat us on the back last year. But all of us as a team know we’re competitors and we want to be playing further into January and continuing our season. … There’s no complacency anywhere at any point, any tier of this team, and it starts with him and all the way down.”
On the opposite facet of the ball, Daniel Jones: “He’s a guy that’s gonna step in the locker room, everyone’s gonna listen. He steps in the huddle, every player is listening to him. He’s demanding, he knows how to compete. We don’t have a quarterback, we have a number one leader of this team and a number one leader in the NFL.”
Kenny Golladay: “The guy’s an animal. Once again, excited he’s on my team. It’s kind of the Saquon [Barkley] effect. I’m glad we have these guys on our team.”
The younger offensive line: “They’ve been training this offseason together, they’ve been doing multiple things together, bonding, working with the new [O-line coach Rob Sale]. It’s gonna be exciting to see that growth. When they click as a unit, I think they’re one of the best out there.”
Giants followers: “Everyone ought to be simply as excited as we’re. The capacity to have the Giant fans’ energy on the stadium this yr is simply gonna heighten it much more. They’re gonna be capable of have simply pleasure of us on the market enjoying and seeing how a lot enjoyable we’re having, and on prime of that, that resiliency and that grind for competitors to go on the market and compete each single week and are available up profitable.
“I can’t wait.”