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Wednesday Media Transcript: DT Damon Harrison Sr.

Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/1/2018 2:55 pm
DT Damon Harrison Sr.
August 1, 2018

Q: Howís it been getting along with the young guys [Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill]?
A: Me and Dalvin developed a great relationship last year, so it was kind of a carry over. We spoke a lot during the offseason, and B.J., heís an interesting character, man. I donít know if you guys have been watching, but heís probably the most athletic defensive lineman that we have, and that says a lot. He can do a little bit of everything, which is encouraging to see, so Iím excited to get a chance to go out there preseason game one and beyond it and actually see what he can do during game day.

Q:† Did you know that [B.J. Hill] was going to bring that to this team?
A:† No, I just knew about the other two guys that they had on the defensive line in college. Obviously, whatís his name, [Bradley] Chubb, and the guy who got hurt here, right? I knew about those two, so I was expecting more of a bigger type of guy, but he was total opposite of a big guy who can move. Kid can run. I know you all have seen it, youíre all watching it.†

Q:† Does it change for you at all when you have such young guys Ė oneís a rookie, oneís a second-year guy, that maybe youíre bringing them up a little more?
A: Kind of. It depends on the things weíre going be running that week and the game plan, because Dalvin will tell you, I ask Dalvin a lot of questions out there and heís able to help me for the most part, and itís just funny being in this new system that weíre still both trying to learn what each other can do in the system and just to look at each other, ask the question and neither one of us knows the answer, which is another encouraging thing to see, believe it or not, because that means we just got a long way to go in the classroom. We gotta push each other. So yeah, it changes depending on the game plan.

Q:† What about the aggressiveness of the defense overall? Do you find it to be exciting and interesting the way that youíre going to attack this year?
A:† Yeah, it just takes me back to my first years in the league. Itís kind of like a Rex Ryan type defense. Itís a lot of attacking, itís not sitting around waiting, trying to read and see the other guys on the offense are doing Ė itís playing defense with an offensive mentality, so for the guys like myself and OV and Dalvin and Robert [Thomas], these are the types of systems that we love to play in.†

Q:† The NFL sent out a fact sheet about the new helmet rule. What are your thoughts on that?
A:† I try not to get my head involved at all, so I really donít have an opinion either way on it. I think itís great for the game for concussions and everything. ††

Q:† Do you think it might lead to more penalties?†
A:† I think itíll lead to more lower-body injuries because guys [will be] afraid to hit up high now. I think theyíll have to lower the target, which will cause more injuries.††

Q:† Is [the new rule] something the players have talked about? Have you heard guys talk about it and how theyíre going to approach it?
A:† No, not really. It hasnít been any serious conversations, you hear guys just saying somehow they donít like it, somehow they could appreciate it, but I want to watch myself and see how guys adapt to it, those guys in the secondary that are affected way more than we are, and I hope they get on these offensive linemen for leading with their helmets, too, but thatís another thing. I think itíll be good if itíll help limit head injuries.†

Q:† Does all this seem very new and fresh to you after last year Ė new coach, new players? Last year was such a tough year. Does it feel like a refreshed feeling?
A:† Yeah, obviously, because itís turnover in the building. Itís a few holdovers, but other than that, itís new faces. Everybodyís trying to learn everybody to figure out what makes that person tick, what makes them go. Itís kind of refreshing. I told you in the past, Iím not a guy who likes change, so itís a real difficult time for me.

Q:† Is the biggest difference for you this year that youíre not responsible for two gaps, but you attack one?
A:† You just gotta be careful when youíre saying that, because itís not necessarily a two-gapper system, and neither was last year, but I think itís just more of an emphasis on attacking one gap and just trying not to two gap, which will be tough for me because Iím a two gapper by nature. Just to get out of that and be able just to run up the field like some of these other guys, thatíll be cool.

Q:† You said in the spring some stuff about you and Saquon meeting on the field. Whatís your sense of how thatís going so far?
A:† I havenít had my opportunity. The kid can run, man. I know you see him out there catching passes out of the back field, and I donít want to put expectations on the kid yet without having him play a few games, but I think if he continues to prepare and approach the game as he has been, I think heíll be fine.†

Q: What have you thought about him just in terms of his attitude coming here? Heís a big name, big star, but he hasnít done anything yet. How does he fit in with the rest of the team?
A: Great. Great. Heís in the locker room, heís talking with everybody, which is a good thing to see as well. For somebody like him, it [would] be easier for him to stick with Stewart or Gallman, or even the receivers, but heís over by the defensive linemen a lot as well as the secondary and the linebackers, so I think heís a perfect fit for the locker room.

Q: Weíve talked to you in the past about being a leader Ė the label, are you a leader or are you not a leader. Youíve had various things to say about that. With a new defense, a lot of young players, youíve got three new young players up front, do you feel that is in your nature that you need to be [that leader]?
A:† I think in certain situations. If the situation calls for it, then Iím willing to step up to the plate and be that, but I think as an overall leader, we have some guys who would be perfect in that role. Landon [Collins] is a natural-born leader, whether it be on the field or off the field. Obviously, you all know about Eli [Manning] and Zak DeOssie, but Ogletree as well, B.J. Goodson, Janoris Jenkins. These are all guys who show some really good leadership qualities and I think that theyíre not getting their due justice on that front because you donít get a chance to see what they do a lot, and I think they do a lot of things to help the guys behind the scenes more so than the guys who do it in front of the cameras or however you call it.†

Q:† Did you ask to be gradually worked into training camp, or did they just say weíre going to work you in slowly?
A:† I do what the training staff tells me. I donít have a preference either way. I donít know how that conversation goes.

Q:†How do you feel physically right now?
A:† Old. Iím about to be 30, but we got a bunch of young guys in the room so I canít allow myself to slow up mentally, being old. Physically, you canít hide behind that, but I feel great. I feel great.

Q:† What do you think of Will Hernandez? You two have gotten into scuffles.
A:† You just couldnít wait to ask that question. You shouldíve just asked in the beginning! Whyíd you even wait? Look, I donít have anything against the guy. The guy will be one hell of a player in this league. You can see him working out there, and Iím sure you guys have seen it. Itís one thing to do it in college, but to do it at the NFL level is a totally different thing, and Iíve had an opportunity to watch him firsthand, and I think heíll be a really good player in this league. That wasnít anything but football and if you donít believe that, then obviously you donít know the game.†

Q:† You find change difficult. Is that because of having to learn a whole new system and people, or is it just sort of a comfort level for you?
A:† I think itís more so people, because honestly, Iím not a people person, which is weird. Just not only learning a new defense, but just to get to know people Ė new faces, new coaches, new players Ė I just find that difficult because Iím a very personal guy that I donít like to. Iím not good at talking, Iím just not, and thatís something that I have to break out of, but with this new staff forcing me to do so with them Ė theyíre not forcing me, I have to force myself through it to see how I fit in the new locker room. Thatís the difficult part.††

Q:† Do you have to change your game as you approach 30? Sometimes a baseball pitcherís 100 mph fastball isnít there anymore, you have to learn how to be a little bit more of an artist. Are you at that point yet?
A:† Yeah, I am. I am. You gotta change the body type to be able to do Coach Bettcher is asking of the defensive line, which is to get up the field and attack, and anybody who knows me and likes me, thatís not something thatís been a strong point in my game. I can do it, I like to kind of use it as a change up every now and then, so yeah. I do have to adjust, not only for the system but also for me getting up there each whistle.

Q: On Alec Ogletree Ė What specifically stands out so far just about what he brings to the table?
A: Well, number one, he came from a successful program so heís seen what it takes to get to a certain level of success and heís able to tell B.J. and guys like myself exactly what that takes. Being a middle linebacker, heís naturally vocal. He has to be, and your personality shows Ė every middle linebackerís personality shows, and Tree is a good guy on and off the field, and I really think that you guys would be surprised about what he brings to the table on the field as well as off it.
thank you  
ArcadeSlumlord : 8/1/2018 3:48 pm : link
nice interview
Snacks is a great interview  
section125 : 8/1/2018 4:48 pm : link
and a very honest man.
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