Patriots gridiron news: Danny Shelton excited to do his job in New England

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30: Danny Shelton of the Washington Huskies walks on stage after being picked
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30: Danny Shelton of the Washington Huskies walks on stage after being picked /

New defensive tackle Danny Shelton is excited to be a part of a winning culture and ready to do his job with the New England Patriots. 

There is already a lot to like about defensive tackle Danny Shelton.  On Thursday, one of the newest additions to the New England Patriots defense is excited about playing for a winning organization.

After the trade that sent him to New England from the Cleveland Browns became official, Shelton revealed what he was doing when he found out about the trade and the emotions he went through immediately after.

"“I just got home from my honeymoon, and we took a long nap, and get the phone call from the GM letting me know,” Shelton said, via  “It was a bit of a shock but exciting at the same time.”"

Sounds like a great new beginning for a player who was selected 12th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.  It will also be a great transition for a player who hasn’t experienced winning much in the NFL.  In his three seasons in Cleveland, the Browns went just 4-44 during that stretch.  That why joining a team that has won almost as many games as his former team has loss during that stretch has him extra excited.

"“Honestly just being here,” Shelton said when asked about joining the Patriots.  “I know that this is a place that is really just a winning culture, and I know that’s something I want to do. So I’m ready to be part of it and do my job.”"

In already adapting to the Patriots mantra of “Do Your Job,” Danny Shelton should fill in quite nicely.  Joining Malcom Brown, Lawrence Guy, Vincent Valentine and Adam Butler in the defensive tackle rotation, he will certainly add depth and a whole lot of space in the interior of the Patriots defensive line. 

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Buffalo Bills: After signing a two-year deal Wednesday with the Bills, quarterback AJ McCarron said during his introductory news conference on Thursday that his goal to earn the starting job in Buffalo this season.

After backing up Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for four seasons, McCarron is ready for his chance to lead the Bills, despite rumors that the team is expected to target a quarterback high in the draft.

"“I try not to waste any mental thought on it,” McCarron said during the news conference.  “Because it’s something I can’t control and there’s no reason for me to really put any thought into it.  Just to be honest with you, just because it creates mental clutter for my process that I need to do day in and day out to be the best player that I need to be.”"

McCarron went on to say that he is willing to do whatever the team needs.  In order to compete with the New England Patriots, the Bills will need AJ McCarron to have mental toughness throughout the season.

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If he does that, maybe Buffalo will have the second best quarterback in the AFC East.