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Why would former Packer Blake Martinez be the key to the Giants defense



Why would former Packer Blake Martinez be the key to the Giants defense

Part eight in series analyze the New York Giants.

Dynamic is not a word that comes to mind when glancing quickly at the players who have been prepared by the Giants to become midfielders in their defense like in a linebacker. It seems to be a group high on intelligence and less high on anything extraordinary in terms of extraordinary physical abilities.

Maybe everything came to this point: Are you a believer in Blake Martinez? The numbers he produced in four years at Green Bay made it difficult to doubt – his 512 total (331 solos) was second in the NFL in that range, leaving only 597 tackles installed by Bobby Wagner from the Seahawks. The knock on Martinez is the quality of the tackles, because his critics say he dropped the ball carrier too far from the soccer practice line.

Martinez called this “a misunderstanding about me” and explained that he had very little responsibility in the Packers’ defense, making it difficult for him to get a tackle to lose or gain 1 or 2 yards.

“I was taught and told to be a janitor,” he said.

Based on the run-stop percentage figures compiled by Pro Football Focus, Martinez made an impact – finishing fourth in the NFL last season, right behind Luke Kuechly of the Panthers, among all off-ball linebackers. Martinez came in 15th when taking into account all defenders, in front of the rookie midfielder Devin White (ranked fifth overall by Buccaneers) and Devin Bush (taken No. 10 by Steelers).

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The Packers do not pursue Martinez with enthusiasm in free agency. The Giants made it a priority and signed it for a three-year contract worth $ 30 million.

“I thought of the way [the Packers] “respecting the linebacker’s position inside, especially in that defense, is not as valued as other places I think, in my opinion,” Martinez said.

The multi-scheme defense put together by the new Giants coordinator Patrick Graham needs an orchestra, and Martinez, who plays at Stanford, has a baton. Graham was his position coach in Green Bay in 2018, and Graham gave his approval stamp.

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“Martinez gives us a man who has played in the system for Pat Graham and will make us queue,” said general manager Dave Gettleman. “I think this scheme will be more suitable for him.”

The Graham system is expected to give Martinez more freedom to make the game in the gap, rather than react and find the memo left by the defensive linemen in front of him.

Growing up in Tucson, Ariz., Martinez helped his father, Mike, the owner of a construction company. At the age of 10, Blake’s primary responsibility was to find and retrieve any nails left at work, using a small magnet. Work ethics and attention to detail will be a welcome addition to the Giants defense who needs someone to get everyone organized.

“Overall, there will be a lot of freedom for me to do checks, make calls and adjust to pre-snap games given to give people the chance to play,” Martinez said. “There will be a lot of communication across the board.”

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It remains to be seen who is paired inside with Martinez. Ryan Connelly, the 2019 fifth round pick from Wisconsin, made a quick and very positive impression on the previous training regime, working his way into the starting lineup on Week 2. He had an interception in each of his first two NFL starts but went down against the Redskins with the ACL torn, ending his rookie year at Week 4. Conscious and instinctive, Connelly, if he returns to full health – he is expected to be ready to roll in training camp – can be very suitable to match with Martinez.

Gettleman as general manager in Carolina took David Mayo in the fifth round of the 2015 draft and remained on his side. Mayo started his 11 best matches last season, replacing injured Alex Ogletree and Connelly, and played well as a run-stopper. He was rewarded with a three-year contract worth $ 8.4 million, with only a guarantee of $ 3.5 million this year.

Two attacking midfielders who play in the seventh round of the draft, TJ Brunson (South Carolina) and Tae Crowder (Georgia), will try to make a list and show that they can contribute to a special team before they accept any assignment in defense.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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