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New York Giants’ Marvin Austin Understands He Has a Lot to Prove: “I’ve Got to Show What I Can Do”

June 23rd, 2013 at 2:30 PM
By Dan Benton

Pro football has not yet been kind to former North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin. And as he enters his third NFL season, it's not going to get any easier for him. In fact, he faces the most steep uphill battle of his young career as the New York Giants have stocked themselves with potential talent at the defensive tackle position — talent Austin will have to beat out in order to make the 53-man roster in 2013.

This is something Austin understands. Not only that, but he understands why, and it's something he aims to change once training camp begins in late July.

"You see the competition. It is what it is, and I’m trying to make this team just like everybody else," Austin told The Record. "I feel like, to the organization, I’ve got to show them what I can do. I haven’t shown them anything yet. I’ve been in the training room too much. Some things don’t have to be said. At the end of the day, I’m glad to have the competition.

Austin has had few chances to prove his worth to the Giants due to injury. In his rookie season, he was promptly placed on Injured Reserve (IR) as a result of a torn pectoral suffered in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears. Then, in his second season, he played in only eight games due to a lingering back issue and inconsistency.

Neither will be a suitable excuse here in 2013.

Austin will compete with veteran Shaun Rogers, as well as the recently signed duo of Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins, and youngsters Markus Kuhn and Frank Okam for playing time. And while the spot opposite Linval Joseph appears up for grabs, it's more likely Austin is battling for a reserve spot.

"It’s just going to make me a better player," Austin said of the competition.

Training camp begins on July 26th with the first practice on July 27th.

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7 Responses to “New York Giants’ Marvin Austin Understands He Has a Lot to Prove: “I’ve Got to Show What I Can Do””

  1.  Sonny Mukhopadhyay says:

    Personally, I don’t think he is going anywhere. I expect him to be on the roster come first game of the season.

    I do know there were questions about his work ethic coming out of college, and then those questions got louder after ESPN wrote that article about his “burgeoning” music career and if he was to focused on his music and not enough on football.

    That said, those are questions, I think this season, the Giants will give him a chance to answer.

    He will be given a chance to succeed or fail. While I think he will make the team, I don’t think he is a total lock, if Jerry Reese and T.C. and Fewell don’t like what they see, they could cut bait, especially if they think he underperforms due to work ethic and they have better alternatives.

    I’m rooting for him though, I think he has talent, he has potential and if a fire can get lit under his rear end, he could be a disruptive force on the line and a penetrating presence in the backfield. He isn’t blind, he can see the competition, he knows the deal.

  2.  Krow says:

    There’s a sub-group of second round picks that are high-risk-high-reward. Basically it’s the guys who would have been a first rounder except for some sort of flaw. Sometimes they transcend it and become Pro Bowlers … but sometimes the flaw is fatal and they bust.

    Marvin Austin is down to his last bullet. He needs to flash in camp.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I agree with Krow that this is Marvin’s last rodeo but it’s encouraging that he seems to know that. The kid must have talent based upon our scouts’ evaluation and Warren Sapp’s view of him. But he looked awful out there in 2012. He needs to take a BIG step up this summer. The competitors for positions behind Joseph and Jenkins and Hankins are all good players fighting for their NFL lives too. It will be a ” big boy” competition and anyone falling back will be pushed aside.

  4.  buljos says:

    Maybe Austin’s really motivated and concerned about having a roster spot, and maybe he just figures the Gmen will keep 5 DTs on the roster, with the locks being Joseph, Jenkins, and Hankins, and he doesn’t have to work all that hard to beat out Okam and Parker, and Kuhn’s a PUP. That leaves Rogers, Patterson and him for 2 spots… he likes those odds. Back to his music studio.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Neither Rogers nor Patterson, if healthy, will go quietly. Both have been very successful NFL tackles and neither is too old to do the job he will be asked to do.

  5.  CT GIANT says:

    Joseph, Jenkins, Patterson, then Hankins, Rogers, Okam, Kuhn, six DT’s.
    How this 2nd rounder gets into that group will likely make or break him.
    Not sure what Reese does with him, three years running, but 53 guys is all you get, Austin HAS TO break out, like the Lone Ranger!
    CT GIANT

  6.  CT GIANT says:

    “Seven” not including Parker, my mistake.

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