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Post-Game Transcript: Safety Dane Belton

Eric from BBI : Admin : 12/31/2023 6:49 pm
Safety Dane Belton

Q: You're stepping up; you get into the game, somebody gets hurt, and you get two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

A: I just want to take advantage of my opportunities whenever they come. I feel like I want to stay ready no matter what. I feel that I know that I can play at this level in this league and be successful. When I have my opportunities, it's just about going out there and showing them.

Q: Dane, has it been hard this year? [Giants S Jason Pinnock] Pinnock and McKinney [Giants S Xavier McKinney] never come off of the field, so it's not really an indictment on you that you aren't playing; those guys never really leave the field. Has it been hard? I think you have only played about half as much as you did last year.

A: Yes, it has been tough knowing that. As I said, I know that I can play at this level. It's nothing against those guys that are coaching [the Giants coaching staff] or anything, it's just the opportunities. It has been tough this year knowing that I can go out there and help the team, but at the same time, it's a game plan and they are going to put the best plan out there. Like I said, I'm just staying ready. It's tough mentally, but that's what we do as professionals; being able to go to practice every day, practice hard, and work on things that you need to work on, and just when the opportunity comes, you take advantage of it.

Q: How do you have a knack to find the football? Whether it's a recovery, whatever scenario it is, you find it.

A: It's a mix of some things; sometimes you just get lucky. It's just about the film study and the coaches letting you know of things throughout the week and little tips and things like that. It's a combination of everything. You just have to go out there and apply it to the field and catch the football.

Q: Did you have anything coming into the game, like you said, from coaches or from film study that you applied in the game today?

A: Yes, we had tendencies we picked up from them [the Los Angeles Rams offense]; just about certain formations, people, and things they like to do. Being able to apply it was big.

Q: For all that you did today, how brutal was it to not come out with a win?

A: That's what I'm really thinking about. It would've been awesome to finish it off with a win. That's what we want to do; we want to win every time we get a chance to. It's nice to have good player stats, but at the end of the day, a win is what we are looking for. We have one more opportunity and we are going to go out next week [against the Philadelphia Eagles] and try to take advantage of it.

Q: Did the defense think you guys had done enough to win the game? You got the offense the ball back, Tyrod [Giants QB Tyrod Taylor] has the 31-yard run. Were you guys thinking you had the game?

A: I wouldn't say we knew we had the game. I just feel like we did make plays, but we also missed some opportunities in other spots. It's a team game; everyone misses plays that could've changed the tide. We are going to go back and look at it, learn from it, and try to win next week.
beltons play might make them more inclined to let McKinney walk  
bigbluewillrise : 12/31/2023 6:50 pm : link
Belton is a magnet ....  
Manny in CA : 12/31/2023 7:05 pm : link

And the ball turns into metal steel around him. Only injuries have slowed him down.

He's a true Free safety, whereas McKinney is a strong safety playing Free
First of all, let me say that  
Bill in UT : 12/31/2023 7:49 pm : link
Belton has shown a great nose for the football. DThat said, the picks today were not due to great coverage or anticipation on his part, or to fighting a receiver for the ball. On both plays he trailed the receiver in coverage and was there when the ball was thrown behind or over the WR. Had the balls been thrown well, they both would have been catches. But it's nice that he has good hands.
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