Jacob Martin is Going to 'Excel' at Whatever the Houston Texans Ask Him to Do

Patrick D. Starr

In the past two games for the Houston Texans, the edge presence of Jacob Martin has not gone unnoticed. Martin has been able to provide some much-needed pass rush over the past two games in critical wins over the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots.

Martin has produced 2.5 sacks, and four quarterback hits in those two wins and has been an edge issue for opposing offenses. With limited work to start the season after arriving in the trade with the Seattle Seahawks, Martin has seen an uptick in usage on defense since coming out of the bye week. 

The success Martin has had on the field comes with the work he has put in behind the scenes and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has taken notice. 

"I think he is beginning to experiment with different moves," Crennel said of Martin's recent success. "His straight-line ability really helps because he's really fast off the edge, but he's been experimenting with things, and we've been moving him around a little bit along that front. Then he's also been playing a little outside linebacker every once in a while in a game when we get that opportunity."

When it comes into buying into the team, that is what Martin did when he arrived in Houston — playing on both special teams and in specific packages on defense. Martin wants to help the team any way he can but with his recent usage in the defense. He is not changing anything about how he prepares for his job to play on gamedays. 

 "Just staying consistent with my craft and my technique," Martin said of his recent success. "You know I'm not changing anything up. Not changing my preparation up, you know, and just obviously just waiting for my number to be called."

Martin continued, "Anything I can do for this team, I will, whatever they ask me to do. So if that's strictly special teams, then that's special teams. I mean If that's pass rush, then it's pass rush. But whatever they asked me to do, I'm going to excel at it."

It has taken time for Martin to get acclimated to the Texans' defensive scheme, and that is okay with Crennel. Crennel already sees a future for the young pass rusher down the road in the defense. 

 "He's learning more about the system," Crennel said of Martin. "How it works, and how he fits in, and then I think that as we go down the road, he'll fit in very well."

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