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Blake Edmon Martinez (born January 9, 1994) is an American football inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He attended Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley, Arizona before attending Stanford University on a scholarship. At Stanford, he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Cardinal where he was named to the first-team All-Pac-12 team in 2015. He was selected by the Packers in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Blake Martinez
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Martinez in the 2017 NFL preseason
No. 50 – Green Bay Packers
Position:Inside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1994-01-09) January 9, 1994 (age 25)
Tucson, Arizona
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Canyon del Oro
(Oro Valley, Arizona)
College:Stanford
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 131
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2019
Total tackles:459
Sacks:8.0
Pass deflections:15
Interceptions:2
Forced fumbles:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Martinez was born in Tucson, Arizona to Marc and Carrisa Martinez. He attended Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley, where he played tight end, running back, and linebacker under head coach Dustin Peace.[1][2] In addition to lettering in football, he also lettered in basketball and volleyball. During his time at Canyon del Oro, he was named to the PrepStar All-West Region Team, and was also a Two-Time Defensive Player of the year. Additionally, he holds the school record with 247 tackles, while also amassing 1,100 total offensive yards his senior year.[1]

Martinez was ranked as a three-star inside linebacker by Rivals.com.[3] He received several scholarship offers from schools such as Stanford, Boise State, Oregon State, and San Jose State. He also received interest from Arizona, Arizona State, Northern Arizona, Oregon, and San Diego State. He ultimately signed his letter of intent to play with Stanford on August 1, 2011.[1]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman with the Stanford Cardinal in 2012, Martinez played in fourteen games and had the first tackle of his college career against Duke University.[1] At the end of the year, he received Stanford's Greg Piers Service Team Award on for his efforts on defense.[1]

Continuing into his sophomore year in 2013, Martinez played in 10 games and had 11 tackles (seven solo). His best game of the year coming against the rival California Golden Bears where he had six tackles, forced a fumble, and had his first career interception.[4] At the end of the year, he was named an Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mention.[1]

Martinez had a breakout season in 2014 and started 13 games; in three of those games, he had over ten tackles.[1] In arguably his best game of the season, he intercepted back-to-back passes that had been thrown by quarterback Jared Goff, the first overall draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. This ended Goff's school record for most consecutive attempts without an interception. He also forced a fumble in a third and goal situation from Daniel Lasco. Martinez later commented that finishing off the game the way he did was "huge".[5] He finished the year with a team-leading 102 tackles and was named an All-Pac-12 honorable mention and to Phil Steele's All-Pac-12 third team.[1][6][7]

As a senior in 2015, Martinez was named to Phil Steele's All-America preseason fourth team and his All-Pac-12 First team.[8] He played in 14 games and finished with a team-high 141 tackles (75 solo), 1.5 sacks, and six pass breakups. His efforts earned him being named to the All-Pac-12 first team by the Conference, Associated Press, and Phil Steele.[1][9]

Professional careerEdit

On December 22, 2015, it was announced that Martinez was one of four Stanford players who had accepted their invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, along with Kevin Hogan, Joshua Garnett, and Kyle Murphy.[10] On January 30, 2016, Martinez played in the Senior Bowl as part of Dallas Cowboys' head coach Jason Garrett's South team that lost 27–16 to the North. He was one of 39 collegiate linebackers that attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.[11] Martinez completed all the drills, finishing second in the three-cone drill, third in the short shuttle, fifth in the bench press, and 11th among all linebackers in the 40-yard dash.[12]

External video
  Blake Martinez’s NFL Combine Workout

On March 17, 2016, Martinez attended Stanford's pro day and opted to stand on the majority of his combine numbers and only performed the 60-yard shuttle, vertical jump (34"), and positional drills. Team representatives and scouts from all 32 teams attended, including Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly and Buffalo Bills' general manager Doug Whaley.[13] He attended a few private workouts and visits with multiple teams, including the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.[14][15] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, he was projected to be a fourth to sixth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts.[16][16] He was ranked the sixth best inside linebacker prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com and the tenth best linebacker by Sports Illustrated.[17][18]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1 58 in
(1.87 m)
237 lb
(108 kg)
31 58 in
(0.80 m)
10 78 in
(0.28 m)
4.71 s 1.61 s 2.73 s 4.20 s 6.98 s 28.5 in
(0.72 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
22 reps 27[19]
All values from NFL Combine[16]

2016Edit

The Green Bay Packers selected Martinez in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[20][21][22] The Green Bay Packers also selected his Stanford teammate Kyle Murphy in the sixth round (200th overall).

External video
  Packers draft Martinez 131st overall

On May 6, 2016, the Green Bay Packers signed Martinez to a four-year, $2.72 million contract that included a signing bonus of $383,393.[23][24]

During organized team activities, he worked with the first team defense and built a rapport with fellow inside linebacker Jake Ryan. He received first team reps due to Sam Barrington's absence after suffering an foot injury a year prior. Throughout training camp, he competed for a job at inside linebacker against Sam Barrington, Carl Bradford, and Joe Thomas.[25] Martinez and Jake Ryan were dubbed "Jake and Blake' due to their chemistry and rapport the two had developed throughout off-season activities and open practices.[26] The nickname is a play on "Shake and Bake", a catchphrase of popularized by the film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.[27]

External video
  Blake Martinez bursts stitches vs. Lions

Head coach Mike McCarthy named Martinez and Ryan the starting inside linebackers, with Nick Perry and Clay Matthews III as the starting outside linebackers, to begin the regular season.[28] He made his first career start and professional regular season debut in the Green Bay Packers' season-opener at the Jacksonville Jaguars and recorded six combined tackles in their 27–23 victory.[29] On October 20, 2016, he recorded five combined tackles, two pass break ups, and made his first career interception off Matt Barkley during a 26–10 win against the Chicago Bears.[30] In Week 10, Martinez recorded a season-high ten combined tackles during a 47–25 loss at the Tennessee Titans. He missed three games (Week 12–14) after suffering an MCL sprain during the Packers' Week 11 loss at the Washington Redskins.[31] On January 1, 2017, Martinez made three solo tackles and made his first career sack on Matthew Stafford in the Packers' 31–24 victory at the Detroit Lions.[32] He finished his rookie season in 2016 with a total of 69 combined tackles (47 solo), four pass deflections, a sack, and an interception in 13 games and nine starts.[33] He received an overall grade of 49.1 from Pro Football Focus, which ranked 68th among 88 qualifying linebackers.[34]

The Green Bay Packers finished atop the NFC North with a 10–6 record. On January 8, 2017, Martinez started his first career playoff game and recorded three combined tackles as the Packers defeated the New York Giants 38–13 in the NFC Wildcard game. The Packers then defeated the Dallas Cowboys, but were defeated 44–21 by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship.[32]

2017Edit

Martinez and Ryan entered training camp slated as the starting inside linebackers. Martinez, Ryan, Matthews, and Perry returned as the starting linebacker corps under defensive coordinator Dom Capers to begin the 2017 regular season.[35]

External video
  Blake Martinez tips pass to Damarious Randall for INT
  Martinez slides to intercept tipped pass

On September 17, 2017, he collected five solo tackles and sacked Matt Ryan during their 34–23 loss at the Atlanta Falcons. In Week 7, Martinez recorded a season-high 16 combined tackles in Green Bay's 26–17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. On November 26, 2017, he made 15 combined tackles, broke up a pass, and intercepted Ben Roethlisberger during a 31–28 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers.[36] Martinez finished the 2017 season with 144 combined tackles (96 solo), eight pass deflections, one sack, and one interception in 16 games and 16 starts.[33] His 144 combined tackles tied for first in the league with Buffalo Bills' linebacker Preston Brown and Cleveland Browns' linebacker Joe Schobert. He also led the team in tackles and was second on the team with 979 defensive snaps.[37] Pro Football Focus gave Martinez an overall grade of 80.2 for 2017 and his grade ranked 23rd among all qualifying linebackers.[38]

The Green Bay Packers finished third in the NFC North with a 7–9 record and did not qualify for the playoffs. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers and offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett were both relieved of their duties after the season.[39]

2018Edit

Martinez retained his starting role as a starting inside linebacker in 2018. In Week 5, he recorded five combined tackles and made a season-high two sacks during a 31-23 loss at the Detroit Lions. On October 15, 2018, Martinez recorded a season-high 12 combined tackles (nine solo) as the Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 33-30 in Week 6. On December 3, 2018, the Green Bay Packers announced their decision to fire head coach Mike McCarthy after a 20-17 loss against the Arizona Cardinals brought them to a 4-7 record. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin became the interim head coach for the remaining five games.[40] In a Week 14, Martinez tied his season-high of 12 combined tackles (11 solo) in a 34-20 victory against the Atlanta Falcons.[41] Martinez started in all 16 games in 2018 and recorded 144 combined tackles (91 solo), five sacks, and three pass deflections.[33] He finished with the second most tackles among all players in 2018, behind Indianapolis Colts’ linebacker Darius Leonard.[42] He received an overall grade of 74.8 from Pro Football Focus, which ranked 17th among all qualifying linebackers in 2018.[43]

2019Edit

In Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, Martinez recorded seven tackles and sacked Mitchell Trubisky in the 10–3 win.[44] In week 7 against the Oakland Raiders, Martinez made a team high 16 tackles and forced Derek Carr to fumble the football into the end zone, causing a touchback, in a 42–24 win. [45]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2016 GB 13 9 69 47 22 1.0 0 4 1 4 4.0 4 0 0 0
2017 GB 16 16 144 96 48 1.0 0 8 1 3 3.0 3 0 1 0
2018 GB 16 16 144 92 52 5.0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 45 41 357 235 122 7.0 0 15 2 7 4 0 1 0
Source: NFL.com

PostseasonEdit

Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2016 GB 3 1 4 3 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 1 4 3 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: pro-football-reference.com

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