Jonathan Martin was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by Miami. He was reguarded as a LT, but the situation he entered in put him at RT as pro-bowler Jake Long set the stage on the left.
Martin struggled throughout the 2012 season while he gave up 8.75 sacks, leaving people to wonder if he was an early bust. However, the 2013 offseason brought about a few changes, as Jake Long departed in the March Free-Agency period. This would mean that the second-round pick would have a chance to play his college position (LT). Martin probably won't face much competition for the job, while he has experience and talent.
In December, Martin filled in for the injured Jake Long and showed some promise, especially to Center Mike Pouncey. Pouncey said this week about the the change for Martin: "He's more fluid over there. You can tell when he's kick sliding that way he's more comfortable being in a left-hand stance. Obviously, he wanted to play over there last year but he was forced to play the right side and I think he's going to do a great job."
Martin said to the team's official site: "I'm excited. It's a position I want to play, obviously. I'm excited for the challenge, I'm excited for the opportunity so I'm going to try to make the most of it during these OTAs and do whatever I can to help this team win."
LT is a very tough position, but Martin knows it and will definitely try his best to help. Martin will enter a more comfortable situation for himself, but will face better defenders and will be criticized more heavily at LT. Don't expect Martin to struggle as much as he did last year, but don't expect him to be stellar immediately. This kid is all positives and shows signs of greatness from his position.
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