Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Why is Derrick Martin playing safety?

Derrick Martin played well at corner for the Ravens during the 2008 summer camp and during the preseason before suffering a season ending labrum injury. This year the Ravens surprisingly moved Martin to safety despite the presence of Ed Reed, Dawan Landry, Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski. Martin at the very least has the cover skills ability of Frank Walker and he can be as physical as evidence by his play against the Jets. Mix in his bargain basement price and one has to wonder why the team moved Martin away from the corner if they are looking to augment Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington and Samari Rolle with a more physical player.

Photo by Sabina Moran


Anonymous said...

Probably because his only chance to make the team is as a swing guy who can play both spots. Remember, he was moved after the team drafted Webb (giving them six corners ahead of Martin)....Washington, Foxworth, Carr, Walker, Webb, and Rolle.....No team keeps seven corners and while some would consider Martin over Walker, don't forget that when Martin has played in games, he's typically played poorly (think Pitt 2007). Also, lets not forget his drug conviction last year. Not something that probably helped him in the grand scheme considering the team's premium on character.

So, taking all into account, it's reasonable to assume the Ravens told Martin if he couldn't play safety, corner, and special teams, he'd have no shot. Maybe he'll rally and do it.