The expectations for second-round draft pick Nick Martin were high and he was the penciled in as the starter at center after being selected out of Notre Dame in the 2016 NFL Draft. Martin was working at the center position from the start with the first team in OTAs and heading into training camp, but all of that came to a halt when he was rolled up by a running back during joint practices against the New Orleans Saints in camp.
While engaged in a block, the running back fell on the back of Martin’s leg which immediately sent Martin to the turf and he was quickly taken in for evaluation. This unfortunate turn of events landed Martin on the injured reserve, requiring surgery to repair his injured ankle.
“It was a lot of mental game,” Martin said after realizing his rookie season would not take place. “After surgery, you can’t do a lot of physical stuff and focus on the mental game and get better where you can and control what you can control.”
With Martin out, he had to take a different approach to the game. While not only rehabbing from his surgery, Martin had to keep himself plugged in learning game plans, techniques, and what to look for in opposing defenses so he could understand the Texans offensive scheme better.
Martin discussed what he had to do as the season unfolded. “Really the whole offense in general, I am new to this system. Try to learn everything. From he defensive side from front to blitzes. Obviously from our side too with protections, run schemes, all of it.”
With being fully cleared to participate in football activities heading into the offseason, Martin is ready to get on the field and work his craft.
“Try to get better and work mentally on the game,” Martin said of the work he needs do this offseason. “Took a lot of mental reps this season that was the focus and now get out there and work fundamentals.”
“I am feeling good,” Martin said.
When asked if he would be a full go for OTAs, Martin replied: “That’s the plan.”
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