Blake Martinez in for a big year?
The New York Giants’ MVP from last season was cornerback James Bradberry. Dan Duggan of The Athletic believes he’ll repeat in 2021.
Dan Hanzus of NFL.com also believes the Giants’ MVP will come from their defense, but he believes it will be middle linebacker Blake Martinez.
Blake Martinez was one of the most unfortunate Pro Bowl snubs of 2020. The Giants signed the former Packer to a three-year deal in March of last year and he played a major role in New York’s defensive turnaround under Joe Judge. The middle linebacker played 97 percent of the defensive snaps and finished the season with 151 total tackles (third in the NFL), three sacks, nine tackles for loss, six QB hits, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and five passes defended. Martinez also earned rave reviews for his leadership of a defense that kept an otherwise mediocre Giants team in the NFC East race until the final day of the season. Martinez is Big Blue’s Glue Guy.
I certainly hope that Martinez continues to play big for the Giants, but my hope is also that quarterback Daniel Jones will shock the world and have a breakout season and win the MVP for Big Blue.
The only way that New York will have a chance to get back to winning football games is if Jones steps up his play and protects the football.
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