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    GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK

    GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK

    "After going undrafted, former Rutgers fullback Joe Martinek said he was in
    contact with Buccaneers – and former Rutgers – head coach Greg Schiano, but
    chose the Giants because it "was the better fit for me."


    Martinek, a Hopatcong naitive, said he didn't grow up a fan of any particular
    NFL team, but his friends and family are big fans of the Giants and he views
    being close to home as an advantage.




    Now that he's got his chance, he's looking to make the most of it.




    "I think my first impression was good," the converted fullback said. "I got
    to get into the playbook -- the different terminologies are frustrating at times
    but you got to get into the playbook, got to remember and just follow the
    schedule and do whatever you're asked to do."




    Martinek is one of eight undrafted free agent signings at rookie minicamp
    this weekend and Gilbride said he projects the former tailback as a fullback,
    though he maintained Martinek brings versatility to the table.




    "That fullback position is so versatile depending on who it is that's
    playing," Gilbride said. "But if he ever became the fullback, I think you would
    probably expand the movement in terms of taking him out of the backfield and
    putting him into that detached position that sometimes the tight ends will go to
    and see if he can catch the ball and do some things."

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    Re: GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK

    I know if he makes the team someone has to go but I'm really pulling for him. I mean his nickname is Jesey Joe. He would be an instant fan favorite.

    I'm an RU fan and I know he is a hard worker, good character guy, very good blocker, can catch very well out of the backfield, and he can move better than some on the team.

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    Re: GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK

    [quote user="buddy33"]I know if he makes the team someone has to go but I'm really pulling for him. I mean his nickname is Jesey Joe. He would be an instant fan favorite.

    I'm an RU fan and I know he is a hard worker, good character guy, very good blocker, can catch very well out of the backfield, and he can move better than some on the team.[/quote]

    Do you think he can block better than Hynoski?

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    Re: GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK

    [quote user="Pakman"]
    Do you think he can block better than Hynoski?[/quote]

    Hes 40 pounds smaller... No. Not even in the same ballpark.

    For comparison, hes the exact same size as DJ Ware.

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    Re: GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK

    That doesn't mean he is not a good blocker.

    I would say Maryinek is better catching the ball out of the backfield and much faster.

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    Re: GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK

    [quote user="buddy33"]That doesn't mean he is not a good blocker. [/quote]

    It means he is never going to be capable of moving a 250 pound LB out of the hole like Hynoski can.


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    Re: GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK

    Maybe, but I watched him play and he he plays bigger than he really is. Also, if needed, he could always add 10-15 pounds. He used o be a RB and I'm sure he wasn't trying to be bigger.

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    Re: GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK

    [quote user="buddy33"]Also, if needed, he could always add 10-15 pounds.[/quote]

    And that would still put him at least 20 pounds smaller than Hynoski.

    And likely harm his catching and speed.

    Martinek is going to have a very different role than Hynoski, they arent going to be asked to do the same things. They arent in direct competition.

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    Re: GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK

    Honestly I didn't even mean to say he would take his job, but there are other guys that might be in trouble if he shines in camp.

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    Re: GIANTS SEE VERSATILITY IN FORMER RUTGERS' STANDOUT JOE MARTINEK

    [quote user="buddy33"]Honestly I didn't even mean to say he would take his job, but there are other guys that might be in trouble if he shines in camp.[/quote]

    Possibly. I just think we should classify "FB" as a single position where they all do the same thing. Just like WR or TE, different types of players can bring different skill sets. And can compliment each other.

    As I said in another thread, I think Martinek could find a role in passing downs, as a sort of 3rd down FB.

    If they go multiple WRs then defenses will go to nickel or dime defenses, where Martinek can be an effective blocker against smaller defenders than trying to take on 250+ pound LBs in a I formation. And his blocking skills can suit him as a pass blocker, and he is an accomplished receiver out of the backfield.

    That gives both Martinek and Hynoski clear roles, where they compliment the offense and each other.

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