Nov 17, 2012; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Eric Martin (46) smiles during the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium in the first half. Nebraska won 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
After New Orleans Saints free agent acquisition Victor Butler went down with an injury it became clear both late-round surprise Rufus Johnson and undrafted free agent Chase Thomas were going to have to step up and seize a roster spot.
Not many paid any attention to a little undrafted free agent named Eric Martin.
Now he’s demanding your attention.
Martin comes from Nebraska and has already surpassed both Johnson and Thomas in terms of reps in training camp according to Mike Triplett of NOLA.com. Coordinator Rob Ryan had some strong words for Martin to go along with the promotion:
"“Eric’s done a nice job. He works hard. He’s got a knack for pass rush,” Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. “Obviously, we’re gonna find out a lot about these guys when the pads come on. He’s a smaller guy, but he’s got good leverage. We’re gonna find that out. He’s got to hold the edge for us in this defense. But I’ve been impressed him mentally for sure.”"
So there’s a new name to keep a serious eye on. Thomas has received much of the attention as the undrafted linebacker this year (we’re guilty as well), but it’s Martin who is making the biggest impact at the moment.
The emergence of Martin is nothing but a good thing for the Saints. It seems the team now has yet another contender for snaps at the Jack position in the 3-4, which is primarily responsible for rushing the passer.
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