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Q&A with Joe Martin

Rookie linebacker Joe Martin was having a fairly unremarkable run through Ravens training camp until he stripped Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jermaine Jamison of the football in the fourth quarter of Monday night's win against the Eagles. The following is a sample of an interview with Martin, whose comments will be published in tomorrow's Sun.

Martin acknowledged feeling slightly overwhelmed with the Ravens' defensive playbook. "They installed a lot of the defense up front so that we would have the opportunity to nail it down by the first preseason game," he said. "It's hard. It's a complex NFL scheme, and it takes a lot of work and dedication. It's hard to say where I am today, but as far as the first game, I think it went well. There's always room to grow with every game you play."

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Martin said the biggest challenge in making the transition to the pro level wasn't the speed of the game, but the quality of players in training camp. "In college, sometimes there aren't qualified players all around you, but in the NFL, there's a great player in every position," he said. "It makes you realize that you've got to do your job because the guy next to you is going to be doing his."

Despite being an undrafted free agent who signed with the Ravens in May, Martin said he has resisted putting any pressure on himself to make the team. "I don't look at it like that," he said. "I look at it as you do the best you can, you go 100 percent, you do what you need to do, and the rest will take care of itself."


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