When the Houston Texans looked through the Seattle Seahawks’ depth chart to negotiate a Jadeveon Clowney trade, second-year outside linebacker Jacob Martin must’ve stood out as a player to get; they did just that.
A former Temple Owl, Martin doesn’t come to Houston with ideal size (6-2, 242 ), but he has the drive to make up for it. In Seattle, his tape reflected that of an outside linebacker that’s drinking four Red Bulls a game — he’s relentless off the edge and rarely slows down.
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When asked on Thursday what he brings to the Texans, energy is the first to come to mind.
“Energy, man,” said Martin. “One-hundred percent effort all the time. I bring the juice all the time, and making sure that guys that are playing with me understand that we’re talking and communicating. I’m just trying to bring some fire off the edge.”
As a rookie in 2018, Martin brought that fire off the edge. Playing as an undersized defensive end in Seattle’s 4-3 system, he recorded three sacks, eight quarterback hits, and two tackles for loss in 225 defensive snaps played.
In Houston, Martin will be used as a 3-4 outside linebacker; the role includes rushing off the edge and dropping back in coverage. Martin feels as if he can contribute in that role, particularly as a speed rusher.
“I’m good off the ball. I’m an edge rusher,” says Martin. “I’m a speed guy, so getting quarterbacks off the spot and getting sacks, just contributing to the already great pass rushers that are already here.”
Martin may not start with the Texans, but his skill set is ideal for a 3-4 that often prioritizes speed off the edge alongside defensive end J.J. Watt and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus.