Being self-aware and self-motivated is the first step in overcoming criticism. Defensive tackle Marvin Austin has finally taken that first step.
Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post reports that the 2011 second round pick out of North Carolina admits to being a bust for the New York Giants and that this season is critical in course correcting his career.
The Giants took a risk on Austin when they drafted him because they saw the potential in his ability. He was coming off missing his entire final season due to a NCAA suspension.
Unfortunately for Austin since entering the NFL he has been riddled with injuries that has cost him most of his first two seasons.
Austin is finally healthy and ready to compete for a spot on the Giants roster. He faces stiff competition in camp but the Giants aren’t giving up hope.
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, as well as head coach Tom Coughlin, both have been speaking positively of Austin efforts in camp.
Whats most impressive about Austin though isn’t his effort on the field but what he is saying off it.
Austin admits to relying on instincts to play the game early in his career, but now that has changed.
“I’m using good leverage and taking advantage of my talents, my quickness and my speed,” Austin tells Hubbuch. “I’m just going out there and playing a technically sound game. I’ve got to be more consistent. I can definitely do that.”
Comments like that is exactly what you want to hear out of a young player looking to turn the corner. Austin is a player I’m going to keep a close eye on this camp and I hope he makes the team.
Being hurt is a tough way to start anyone’s career and now that he is healthy he finally has a chance to reward the Giants for taking a chance on him back in 2011.