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5 things to know about LB Blake Martinez

Five things to know about new Giants linebacker Blake Martinez:

1. Originally a fourth-round draft choice in 2016, Martinez (6-2, 237 pounds) led the Packers in tackles in each of the last three years, when he started every one of the Packers' 50 regular-season and postseason games. Overall, Martinez has played in 61 career regular-season games with 57 starts. He has missed only three games in four seasons, all in his rookie campaign.

2. With 522 in his career, Martinez averages almost nine tackles per game. He has also recorded 10.0 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 17 passes defensed, 12 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In five playoff appearances (three starts), he has 24 tackles.

3. Martinez leads the NFL with 441 tackles since 2017 and is second only to five-time All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner since he entered the league in 2016. He recorded double-digit tackles in 24 of his 61 games played.

4. In 2019, he helped lead Green Bay to a 13-3 record and a berth in the NFC championship game while finishing second in the league with 155 tackles (97 solo). Martinez had double-digit tackle totals in eight games, including a season-high 16 (eight solo) vs. Oakland on Oct. 20. He also had one interception, one forced fumble and two passes defensed.

5. Nicknamed "Machinez" in college, he finished his career at Stanford with 257 tackles (137 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, five interceptions and five forced fumbles in 51 games played. Martinez started the final 27 games of his college career. He helped Stanford to bowl appearances all four years as part of a school-record seven consecutive bowl games as the Cardinal won three Pacific-12 titles (2012, 2013, 2015). He appeared in three Rose Bowls, with Stanford winning two, while earning his degree in management science and engineering.

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