Buzz: Veteran D-Lineman works out for Jets

ESPN’s Adam Caplan shares details of the Jets bringing in a defensive lineman for a look:

Hat tip to bob the dog!

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Martin missed most of last year with the hernia injury, having signed a two year, $4m deal with the Dolphins. He recorded just one tackle for them before being placed on injured reserve in September and then released in November.

Prior to that, the 27-year old 300-pounder was a rotational lineman for the Chargers, where he was a teammate of Antonio Garay and Antwan Barnes. Garay signed with the Jets last year but did not make the final roster and Barnes is still under contract with the Jets after suffering a season-ending knee injury last October.

Martin’s best season was 2011 where he started 15 games. He’s more of a run stopper than a pass rusher though. He has just three career sacks.

This goes to show that the Jets are exploring other options in terms of how to fill out their defensive line rotation next year. Leger Douzable – who Defensive Line Coach Karl Dunbar told TheJetsBlog.com is “the best 12th man in the NFL” at the end of the season – looks set to test the free agency waters, but hopefully there’s still a chance he can return. It would be a major boost to be able to keep the defensive line unit that did so much damage last year fully intact.




25 comments
Bernie Lyons
Bernie Lyons

Vaughn Martin was a late bloomer.  He was an immigrant to Canada with incredible natural athleticism.  He played at the University of Western Ontario, which is one of the preeminent programs in Canada - has produced countless CFL players but only a handful of NFL players. The Chargers took him in the 4th round as he had 1st found athleticism.  Maybe Rex could bring out his potential.

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Just why do the Jets' coaches insist on puffing up the players?


Dunbar's comment on Douzable being the best DL back-up in the League is another example.  Doesn't help either in keeping talent, or in improving the team's contract negotiations.


No need to put a player down.  Just say "Im happy to have him."

kniff
kniff

Oh man, glad Free Agency is at the doorstep... something tells me there are going to be some exciting developments and signings for us, some of which might end up being slightly controversial... (smiles)


The blog traffic, interest, and headbutting is definitely going to go up soon!! 


Douzables a keeper in my book btw... and lets not let Folk go anywhere.

levi
levi

It would be a shame to lose Douzable but I think we will. Maybe he does better in a limited role but it seems like he could start for a few teams out there. So I expect he will get an offer that the Jets wont care to match.

Brendan
Brendan

@Mark Phelan  But that's part of the reason players love Rex & Dunbar. If you play for them, you're their guy, and they don't leave any doubt about that. 


And, to be honest, when they claim someone is the "best" whatever, they're usually right.  The Dooz is one of the best backups in the league, but even the best backups have a ceiling. If someone overpays for him, the team just has to let him go. Rex/Dunbar can make chicken salad out of chicken ish, let's not forget that he had only 1 sack entering last season .

Brendan
Brendan

@kniff  I think they gotta keep the Dooz. I see Martin as another Antonio Garay, someone they bring in in case he wows them, but isn't necessarily pushing guys off the roster by being signed. 

bob
bob

@levi


If we can keep Leger Douzable and get Vaughn Martin..


Then we can do the Oopsy doozy play and the oopsy daisy play.


dats right!



Oopsy doozy- oopsy daisy..dats right.

nickballs
nickballs

@Brendan @Mark Phelan  damn right B......Rex and Dunbar just telling you what they believe and i appreciate that...i dont need them putting guys down or not puffing them up in order so we can get them cheaper.....just be honest and then pay em what hes worth....Doooz knows the grass aint greener anywhere else.....

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Brendan @Mark Phelan  Brendan, love ya bro but  your freak'n kidding right? Usually right? That's hysterical bro! Hey Mark gives us the best chance to win; Wayne Hunter is gonna be hugh for us, we had 5 rookie starters so this was a great draft (never mind that two of them had roller coaster rides through out the season (most of which were lows, and two of them were the absolute lowest rated PFF players at their positions and the Jets were one of the few teams they would have even made the roster on let alone started. And the other two picks never enen suited up for a game and considering how bad Winters was that says it all about their ability! Hey I could go on and on regarding Rezx's well documented delusional rants but come on bro, usually right?

levi
levi

@bob They wont know what hit em bob.

Brendan
Brendan

@nickballs We know from the past that Rex will always support his players until the end publicly, but he's also not above being critical behind closed doors. 


This is one of the things players love about him, people need to realize that. 

Brendan
Brendan

@brian4321 Did he? He also wasn't far off, they were top-10 both years. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Ron Alexander Even I had to admit (eventually) that Rex should tone down his public support, but I believe that he has. 


People forget just how much he used to talk up the team, compared to Rex from 2009, this version of Rex is Belicheckian. 

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Brendan @Ron Alexander  Yeah, i get that. That's what i like about you and your right about the guys you just listed. its just that as much as I like Rex I do think he props up a lot of guys that simply don't deserve that type of recognition.

Brendan
Brendan

@frustjetfn You are mischaracterizing what Rex does. He doesn't say every player is "great." He supports every player, there's a huge difference there. 

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@Ron Alexander @Brendan@Mark PhelanWelcome to the club of "you can't fool all the people all the time."

Some folks can't differentiate hype from reality and think if you can discern the difference you're not a true fan. I'm with the fans that relish the good and great players we have,hope the kids develop, support the team as a whole, yet realize when on the field performance doesn't match the hype. While it's good to be supportive, if you say everyone is "over-the-top" great, then it doesn't mean as much and lacks credibility when you say a really great player is great. It's more like "there he goes again" or "heard it before."

Brendan
Brendan

@Ron Alexander I said they're usually right when they call someone the "best" something. Revis, Boss Hogg, Wilkerson, Mangold, etc. 

Brendan
Brendan

@bob I think so too, Bob-o. He's the "elder statesman" of the DL group, but he's still only 27 (he'll turn 28 in May). He was the perfect rotational player for the team last year, hopefully he realizes that's what maximizes his value and stays here.