Green Bay Packers’ Derrick Martin sparks special teams : Packers Insider

Green Bay Packers’ Derrick Martin sparks special teams

December 25, 2009 by  
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Dec 25, 2009, By Tom Pellisero, Press-Gazette

~Derrick Martin has been one of the Green Bay Packers’ standouts on coverage teams all season, but he took it to a new level on Sunday at Pittsburgh.

This was virtual ubiquity.

Martin whipped down Joe Burnett on the Packers’ first kickoff, came out of nowhere to stop Stefan Logan’s sideline punt return and finished with five special teams tackles — an extraordinary number even without considering degree of difficulty and the energy Martin seemed to inject into teammates as he did it.

Derrick Martin has seemingly helped stabilize the Packers coverage units.

Derrick Martin has seemingly helped stabilize the Packers coverage units.

 
“He’s bringing a sense of toughness and urgency and just playing outright out of his mind, pretty much,” cornerback Tramon Williams said this week. “Before now, I don’t think you could just pinpoint out a special teams player who was just dominating in that area. I think that’s what Derrick has brought — that player (coaches) say, ‘OK, this is the player. Watch this guy. This is how you do it.’”

The Packers last had a guy like that before linebacker Tracy White’s surprise release on Oct. 7, 2008. By late last season, then-coordinator Mike Stock was publicly lamenting the lack of a special teams “bell cow” to rally players in the meeting rooms and on the field.

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