TE Daniel Bellinger
May 14, 2022
Q. What's been the biggest transition, albeit two days here, from what you did in college?
DANIEL BELLINGER: Just getting the playbook down and just understanding the different speeds and getting used to NFL linebackers, NFL safeties, and not college linebackers and college safeties.
Q. Can you get a sense of the playbook in a couple of days, like where there could be a role for you or what your position is asked to do?
DANIEL BELLINGER: There's a lot to take in. Right now, it's just a learning process and that's the biggest thing is just the process of getting it down. There's a lot coming into it, so just the process, learning it and understanding what it is.
Q. How quickly are you able to get rid of, ‘Oh, wow, I'm in the NFL,’ to now focusing on the task at hand?
DANIEL BELLINGER: Pretty quick. It's pretty easy just to come out of that whole stage of, ‘Oh, I'm in the league.’ It doesn't matter now. Everybody here is trying to compete. Everybody here has to put in the work if they want to be on the field. It’s really easy to let that go and quickly get into it and understand that you have to focus on your job.
Q. Do you have an early impression on what they want from you guys, more just in general from the tight ends?
DANIEL BELLINGER: Biggest thing right now is just compete. Just compete and get in there and compete with every tight end that we have. That's the biggest thing right now.
What my role is, I'm not sure yet. The biggest thing is just compete, and understand that it's a team, you know what I mean, what we are going to do as a tight end unit and how we can help the team as an overall goal.
Q. Do you come in with something you know you need to work on or something you want to show the coaches to show them that you can compete?
DANIEL BELLINGER: Oh, absolutely. A lot of things, especially the technical side of things. Whether it comes to footwork for blocking, or attacking leverage on routes. The biggest thing for me is the technical side of the game and getting those things down as much as I can.
Q. You guys have sort of a rebirth now at this position, how critical is the tight end position to the offense?
DANIEL BELLINGER: Critical, just to the game of football overall. A tight end needs to pass block, needs to run block, needs to go out and create space and make himself open so he can catch balls and create opportunities for the offense. It's not just critical for the Giants but it's critical for the game overall.
Q. How much upside do you believe that the receiving part of your game still has to show because you are not used as much in that role in college?
DANIEL BELLINGER: A lot. I think I have a lot to show and of course a lot to improve on. So that’s another thing is I want to come out and show that I can be a receiver and not just a blocker but also both. Just be a hybrid and help the offense, whether it is blocking or whether it is pass catching.