The Tennessee Titans drafted FS Markelle Martin, one of the top safety prospects, in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. It was a steal, though one of the reasons he fell so far was due to a knee injury he suffered during drill at the Senior Bowl. The injury to his knee eventually resulted in surgery, which prevented him from participating in preseason and has kept him on IR thus far.
From the sound of it though, he may be coming off soon:
@titan_sized good, should be able or participate in practice next week and from there its coaches decision
— Markelle Martin (@MarkelleMar10) October 10, 2012
The Titans are pretty unspectacular at the safety position as of now, with Michael Griffin struggling in pass coverage and Robert Johnson failing to impress. Jordan Babineaux has been the only consistent player there thus far, but they still need more.
The Titans haven’t yet used the leagues new rule of taking a player back off IR, and Martin has looked like the ideal candidate for a while, so I expect them to take him off and to see him on the field in the next few weeks.
We’ll see how long it takes for him to catch up. I’d guess he’s had his nose in the playbook waiting for that leg to heal up.
This all is reliant upon the fact that his knee looks good enough to the coaches that they think he can contribute this season without doing harm to it They could just pull the plug on it and save him for next year. Sometimes safe is better than sorry.
It’s just hard not to want to see what this guy has when the safeties are struggling so mightly.
In Munchak we trust… Right?
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