The New York Giants knew they were taking a chance on Marvin Austin when they drafted him in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Austin was forced to sit out his senior season at North Carolina in 2010 because of NCAA violations. That didn’t stop the Giants from taking a chance on the immensely talented defensive tackle. However, Austin suffered a torn pectoral muscle in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears and was forced to sit out the 2011 season as well.
Heading into camp this year, Austin knew he was slightly behind the curve. The Giants have Chris Canty, Linval Joseph, and re-signed Rocky Bernard, drafted Markus Kuhn, and signed former All-Pro Shaun Rogers. However, Canty is starting camp on the Physically Unable to Perform/Reserve list after knee surgery and Austin knows he must take advantage of the opportunity of more playing time to make an impact.
Austin has a natural ability to play defensive tackle. He is very strong and gets excellent leverage against opposing offensive linemen and drives them back into the running back. The Giants saw a future Pro Bowl player in Austin and Austin is motivated to prove GM Jerry Reese was right in drafting him in the second round after not playing his last year of college football.
Austin is getting his chance. He has recently cut his signature dreadlocks and looks ready to turn the page and start over and realize his NFL dream. Austin knows the time is now and he is making every second count. If he keeps playing like he has in camp he will force his way onto the field once the regular season starts and, if he lives up to his potential, he will be a starter sooner rather than later. Now, Austin just needs to translate talent into production on the field and only he can do that.