Valentino Blake
DB #47
Height:
5-10
Weight:
198
College:
Texas-El Paso
Hometown:
Jacksonville, FL
Experience:
6

Biography

TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars on April 30, 2012…Released by Jacksonville on Sept. 1, 2013…Claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 2, 2013…Signed as a free agent by the Tennessee Titans on March 18, 2016…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on March 20, 2017.
 
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Blake has played in 78 regular-season games with 18 starts – missing just 2 games in 5 seasons…Career totals include 148 tackles (126 solo), 3 interceptions – 1 returned for a touchdown, 1 sack, 27 passes defensed and 38 special teams tackles…Blake has also played in 3 postseason games with 2 starts, and has 2 solo tackles and 1 interception.
-    In 2016, in his only season with Tennessee, Blake played in all 16 games for the 3rd consecutive season, with 1 start…Finished season with 38 tackles (33 solo), 5 passes defensed, and 4 special teams tackles…Had season-high 7 tackles (6 solo) vs. Jacksonville (10/27), and 6 solo stops vs. Denver (12/11)…Contributed 5 solo tackles at Kansas City (12/18)…Started at Jacksonville (12/24), and had a season-high 9 tackles (8 solo), and a pass defensed.
-    In 2015, started all 16 regular-season games and 2 postseason games in his final season in Pittsburgh…Set career-highs with 74 tackles, 2 interceptions, 11 passes defensed, and 3 special teams tackles…In the postseason, added 2 solo tackles and 1 interception…Registered 10 solo tackles vs. San Francisco (9/27)…Had 3 tackles (2 solo), and intercepted a Philip Rivers pass that he returned 70 yards for his first career touchdown at San Diego (10/12)…Led the team with a career-high 12 tackles (10 solo), and 1 pass defensed vs. Arizona (10/18)…Recorded 8 solo stops and intercepted an Andy Dalton pass he returned 42 yards vs. Cincinnati (11/1)…Had 9 tackles (8 solo) vs. Oakland (11/8)…Tallied 4 solo tackles, including his first career sack when he tackled Austin Davis for a 10-yard loss, at Cleveland (1/3)…In the AFC Wild Card Game at Cincinnati (1/9), recorded his first career postseason interception, off A.J. McCarron, that he returned 35 yards.
-    In 2014, played in all 16 regular-season games with 1 start, and played in the Steelers’ postseason game…Posted 36 tackles (31 solo), 1 interception, 7 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 7 special teams tackles…In the season opener vs. Cleveland (9/7), caught a 25-yard pass on a fake punt from Robert Golden for his first career reception…Played in the secondary after Ike Taylor suffered a right forearm injury at Carolina (9/21), and recorded his first career tackle and first pass breakup…Registered his first interception when he picked off Andrew Luck late in the 4th quarter vs. Indianapolis (10/26)…Made his first career start at the Jets (11/9), and had 4 tackles (2 solo)…Tied his then career-high with 7 tackles (6 solo) vs. Cincinnati (12/28)…Forced a fumble on A.J. Green late in the 4th quarter and recovered the loose football for his first career forced fumble and first fumble recovery.
-    In 2013, played in 14 games on special teams in his first season in Pittsburgh…Inactive for 2 games…Registered 11 special teams tackles.
-    As a rookie in 2012, was one of 4 Jaguars rookies to play in all 16 games…Played mainly on special teams, where he led Jacksonville with 13 tackles, including 5 in his first 3 games…Recorded his first career special teams fumble recovery on a muffed punt at Buffalo (12/2).

COLLEGE:
-    Four-year letterman and 2-year starter at cornerback at UTEP…Played in 42 games with 25 starts…Concluded career with 137 tackles and 22 pass breakups…In 2011, started all 12 games and recorded 46 tackles, 7 pass breakups, and 2 blocked kicks…In 2010, started all 12 games and finished with a career-high 60 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 tackles for losses, and a team-high 11 pass breakups…In 2009, played in 8 games with 1 start, missing 4 due to an ankle injury. Recorded 20 tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass breakup…In 2008, played in 10 games and recorded 11 tackles and 3 pass breakups.

PERSONAL:
-    Has 2 children, daughter Aeryn, and son Astin…Majored in multidisciplinary studies at UTEP…Attended Thurgood Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas, where he totaled 53 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 2 fumble recoveries as a senior…Three-year letterman in track and field, competing in the 100, 200 and 400-meter races, and was a member of the 4x100 relay team.
TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars on April 30, 2012…Released by Jacksonville on Sept. 1, 2013…Claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 2, 2013…Signed as a free agent by the Tennessee Titans on March 18, 2016…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on March 20, 2017.
 
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Blake has played in 78 regular-season games with 18 starts – missing just 2 games in 5 seasons…Career totals include 148 tackles (126 solo), 3 interceptions – 1 returned for a touchdown, 1 sack, 27 passes defensed and 38 special teams tackles…Blake has also played in 3 postseason games with 2 starts, and has 2 solo tackles and 1 interception.
-    In 2016, in his only season with Tennessee, Blake played in all 16 games for the 3rd consecutive season, with 1 start…Finished season with 38 tackles (33 solo), 5 passes defensed, and 4 special teams tackles…Had season-high 7 tackles (6 solo) vs. Jacksonville (10/27), and 6 solo stops vs. Denver (12/11)…Contributed 5 solo tackles at Kansas City (12/18)…Started at Jacksonville (12/24), and had a season-high 9 tackles (8 solo), and a pass defensed.
-    In 2015, started all 16 regular-season games and 2 postseason games in his final season in Pittsburgh…Set career-highs with 74 tackles, 2 interceptions, 11 passes defensed, and 3 special teams tackles…In the postseason, added 2 solo tackles and 1 interception…Registered 10 solo tackles vs. San Francisco (9/27)…Had 3 tackles (2 solo), and intercepted a Philip Rivers pass that he returned 70 yards for his first career touchdown at San Diego (10/12)…Led the team with a career-high 12 tackles (10 solo), and 1 pass defensed vs. Arizona (10/18)…Recorded 8 solo stops and intercepted an Andy Dalton pass he returned 42 yards vs. Cincinnati (11/1)…Had 9 tackles (8 solo) vs. Oakland (11/8)…Tallied 4 solo tackles, including his first career sack when he tackled Austin Davis for a 10-yard loss, at Cleveland (1/3)…In the AFC Wild Card Game at Cincinnati (1/9), recorded his first career postseason interception, off A.J. McCarron, that he returned 35 yards.
-    In 2014, played in all 16 regular-season games with 1 start, and played in the Steelers’ postseason game…Posted 36 tackles (31 solo), 1 interception, 7 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 7 special teams tackles…In the season opener vs. Cleveland (9/7), caught a 25-yard pass on a fake punt from Robert Golden for his first career reception…Played in the secondary after Ike Taylor suffered a right forearm injury at Carolina (9/21), and recorded his first career tackle and first pass breakup…Registered his first interception when he picked off Andrew Luck late in the 4th quarter vs. Indianapolis (10/26)…Made his first career start at the Jets (11/9), and had 4 tackles (2 solo)…Tied his then career-high with 7 tackles (6 solo) vs. Cincinnati (12/28)…Forced a fumble on A.J. Green late in the 4th quarter and recovered the loose football for his first career forced fumble and first fumble recovery.
-    In 2013, played in 14 games on special teams in his first season in Pittsburgh…Inactive for 2 games…Registered 11 special teams tackles.
-    As a rookie in 2012, was one of 4 Jaguars rookies to play in all 16 games…Played mainly on special teams, where he led Jacksonville with 13 tackles, including 5 in his first 3 games…Recorded his first career special teams fumble recovery on a muffed punt at Buffalo (12/2).

COLLEGE:
-    Four-year letterman and 2-year starter at cornerback at UTEP…Played in 42 games with 25 starts…Concluded career with 137 tackles and 22 pass breakups…In 2011, started all 12 games and recorded 46 tackles, 7 pass breakups, and 2 blocked kicks…In 2010, started all 12 games and finished with a career-high 60 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 tackles for losses, and a team-high 11 pass breakups…In 2009, played in 8 games with 1 start, missing 4 due to an ankle injury. Recorded 20 tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass breakup…In 2008, played in 10 games and recorded 11 tackles and 3 pass breakups.

PERSONAL:
-    Has 2 children, daughter Aeryn, and son Astin…Majored in multidisciplinary studies at UTEP…Attended Thurgood Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas, where he totaled 53 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 2 fumble recoveries as a senior…Three-year letterman in track and field, competing in the 100, 200 and 400-meter races, and was a member of the 4x100 relay team.
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 78 183 154 29 1 0 23 3 1 112 -- 70
2016 TEN 16 42 35 7 0 -- 5 -- -- -- -- --
2015 PIT 16 76 64 12 1 0 12 2 1 112 56 70
2014 PIT 16 42 37 5 0 -- 6 1 0 0 -- 0
2013 PIT 14 11 8 3 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 JAC 16 12 10 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 78 1 25 25 0.3 25 0 1 0 1 0
2016 TEN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 PIT 16 1 25 25 1.6 25 0 1 0 1 0
2013 PIT 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 JAC 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Rushing
YearTeamGAttAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDLng1st1st%20+40+FUM
TOTAL 78 1 0 -2 -2 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0
2016 TEN 16 1 0.1 -2 -2 -0.1 0 -2 0 -- 0 0 0
2015 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 PIT 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 JAC 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Punt Return
YearTeamGRetRetYAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 78 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2016 TEN 16 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2015 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 PIT 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 JAC 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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