Yes, they have bodies.
This is what Blake Martinez confirmed after a spring and early summer spent away from his new team facility. Martinez arrived from the Packers to direct the Giants defense, but for months all he could do to connect was through Zoom meetings on his laptop.
It was not until he reported for training camp last week that Martinez finally got to be in the same room — with proper social distancing, of course — with his new teammates.
“Walking in it was just having to see the guy’s face for the first time in person,’’ Martinez said Thursday. “Being like, ‘Oh sweet, that’s what you look like, it’s not just your face, I get your whole body now.’ That portion was different, but overall, it was cool to walk in and make it seem like we have been friends.’’
This is quite an indoctrination for Martinez. He signed a three-year, $30 million contract to not only start at inside linebacker but also to make the defensive calls, get everyone lined up correctly and make any last-second adjustments at the line of scrimmage. He is on board to be the brains of the operation, working in sync with coordinator Patrick Graham.
Martinez said his job is to be “that calming factor.’’ Before he can calm anyone else, without the requisite practice time or preseason games, he is going to have to prove he knows what he is talking about on the field.
“Overall, for me it’s just being able to allow those guys to understand that I’m going to be on top of everything,’’ Martinez said. “I take every single day to keep chipping at that. Whether it’s walk-throughs, talking in meetings, guys start to recognize this guy knows what going on, this guy is going to allow me to not have any freak moments. If things are moving fast, he’s the guy that I can turn to and calm myself down.’’
Daniel Jones lost his blindside protector when left tackle Nate Solder — who has a 5-year-old son battling cancer — opted out for the 2020 season.
“It’s important to realize that everyone has different circumstances, whether it be family related or personally or whatever it may be,’’ Jones said. “I certainly don’t have those situations. I live by myself and I’m healthy. Obviously Nate made a decision to opt out, and he’s got an extremely tough circumstance and he’s got to do what’s best for his family. All the respect in the world, all the support in the world to him.’’
The Giants are offering their season-ticket holders the chance to have their names printed on “branded signage’’ — banners — behind the end zones this season at MetLife Stadium. There will not be any fans attending games at the start of the season.
“Giants fans are always with us — in our hearts, our minds and our thoughts’’ the letter to season-ticket holders stated.