Defensive Tackle Danny Shelton
July 30, 2021
Q: You’re no stranger to a new team, how has this transition been this year?
A: It’s been good. It’s been a different offseason for me. I had my injury obviously and had to go through rehab and go through being released and picked up by the Giants. It’s a new experience for me, but a great learning opportunity and feel like it’s been great so far.
Q: You have a past history with [Head Coach] Joe Judge and you guys did a lot of winning together. How does that affect what’s happening here?
A: Really familiarity and just me knowing the expectations. Knowing that we have to put in work. Knowing why I’m here, why the rest of us are here. Everybody has a role and everybody has to come to work with the same mindset of doing your job. I feel like it’s just familiarity, being comfortable here and made it easier to be comfortable.
Q: Joe didn’t run the show in New England, he coached special teams. Is he the same from what you knew about him then and what you know about him when you see him now as the head coach? Is it different? Because it’s different for him.
A: I think Joe’s just a great guy. I mean, he’s the same person, really. He always has energy. He always has that fieriness about him. He’s like one of the guys that you just want to play for, you don’t want to let him down. I was on a field goal for him and I messed up a couple of times. I hated that I did that and tried to get back on field goal and tried to prove myself. But now seeing him as the head coach is awesome and he’s a hard-working coach and really cares about football and winning and just the guys. Getting everybody on one page.
Q: Did you ever get back on the field goal unit?
A: I’m here to play where he needs me, so I’m excited to have this opportunity.
Q: Does the environment here remind you of what it was like in New England at all? Just the way the program is run?
A: I think it’s very similar. I just like being out here. Honestly, it’s the players for me. Seeing everybody lock into the system. Young, high energy and it’s just a great feeling.
Q: It seems like you have a fun group on the defensive line? Do you find that?
A: Yeah, definitely. Our room is a lot of talent and a lot of guys who want to work, and I think that’s what makes our room fun is that we’re constantly competing and wanting to be better, wanting to grow.
Q: How much do you know about Dalvin Tomlinson and how much have you heard his name since you’ve gotten here?
A: Very few, but obviously he’s a great player. He earned his contract and we’ve just been focused on this season and building this team and getting ready for pads coming up. It’s really just communicating and everybody working and everybody getting better.
Q: His absence is what brings you here, do you look at it that way? He gave them something for four years and now they need someone to do that again.
A: The way I look at it is I got an opportunity to work, so coming in and wherever they need me, I’m going to be ready. Whether it’s me getting in the playbook, me getting in the weight room, cardio, conditioning, I’m just going to do everything I can to get on the field and help the team win.
Q: People would look at you and think that you’re the guy that’s going to stuff the run in the middle. Do you see yourself as more than that?
A: Yeah. I mean, that’s what I work to. I want to be a better me, a better D-tackle and when I get the opportunity to do more, I will.