Andrew Luck isn’t the only NFL rookie who has been kept out of action by a skewed school calendar.
Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin, who played college football at Stanford with Luck, finally has received clearance to make the move from Palo Alto to South Beach.
It’ll take some getting used to.
“I was running back at school, but you can’t prepare for the humidity,” Martin said after practice Monday, via Izzy Gould of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “The sun is real bright out here.”
A second-round draft pick, Martin joined the Dolphins late last week, after missing two weeks of Organized Team Activities. He already has signed a contract.
“I feel a little behind some of the adjustments they’ve been making in pass protection especially,” Martin said. “Basic play is still the same so I feel pretty good.”
Martin said his head was “spinning a little bit” at first, but that he thinks he’ll quickly get up to speed.
“I don’t think it will take very long,” Martin said. “There’s a lot of similarities between Coach [Joe] Philbin’s offense and my offense back at Stanford, both West Coast. The calls are a little bit different, but it’s the same basic ideas. I think I’ll be all right.”
The other two Stanford players affected by the rule are Steelers guard David DeCastro and Colts tight end Coby Fleener. Amazingly, all four Stanford players were taken in the first 42 picks, with no others were selected in more than 200 moves thereafter.
With math skills like that, maybe I should have applied to Stanford.