Acquired from the Cleveland Browns in an offseason trade, defensive lineman Danny Shelton is ready to prove his value with the New England Patriots.
It’s a new day for Danny Shelton. After being acquired by the New England Patriots in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, the big defensive lineman is already adapting to the Patriots Way and ready to contribute to a winning team in a big way.
Despite not having his fifth-year option not picked up by his new team, the 6-foot-2, 335-pound clog in the middle of the defense can still sign a long-term deal with the Patriots.
Still, it was a little disappointing for Shelton, but also motivational in how he approaches the 2018 NFL season.
"“Obviously, it sucked at first,” Shelton told the media at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. “But at the same time, you’ve got to think of it as an opportunity. And for me, I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be here for the year and to be able to just try my best to dominate and put myself out there and see what happens after that.”More from Chowder and Champions3 Midseason Chaim Bloom Decisions That Have Killed the 2023 Red Sox10 Patriots Who Will Be Cut by Tuesday’s Roster DeadlineMLB Screws Red Sox Fans With Broadcast for Mookie Betts Return3 Most Underpaid Celtics Heading Into the 2023 SeasonRed Sox Continue Rollercoaster Season With Massive Win"
That is pretty much how things roll in New England. There has been a number of talented players who have struggled with previous teams, but found their value with the Patriots. Those players usually cash in. If not with the Pats, then from some other team in the NFL.
As a big, strong, versatile run-stopper, Danny Shelton will give the Patriots plenty of depth at the position in 2018.
He will certainly be put in position to succeed by Bill Belichick and crew, but how dominant and effective he is will depend on his attitude and willingness to do the things necessary to help the team win.
Part of that is changing how he conditions his body. With the New England Patriots approach being a lot different than the Browns, Danny Shelton is embracing that challenge. Actually, he is excited to see how well his body adapts in an obvious “prove-it” year in New England.
"“That’s what I’m focusing on, and that’s why I like the change,” Shelton said in reference to his endurance. “I know my body will be more trained for endurance, and more trained for fourth quarter/overtime. I’m excited for the rest of the year.”"
Unlike his time in Cleveland, there will be a lot of important fourth quarters with the Patriots. As dominant as he can be, it would be nice to have him able to contribute when the game is on the line.
Also, a new day for Brian Flores
Brian Flores won’t have the title of defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots in 2018, but he will be making the calls.
After Matt Patricia moved on to become the new head man of the Detroit Lions, the linebackers coach has been promoted to take over those responsibilities.
While he has learned a lot under Patricia, Flores will certainly have a different approach. As a well-respected and well-liked coach amongst the players, the 37-year-old coach expects toughness, dependability and a level of intelligence from his players. He also wants players who can excel under pressure.
If that sounds like the type of defensive players the Patriots have targeted the last couple decades, that’s because Brian Flores will continue Bill Belichick’s formula. The challenge will be getting the best out of each player who takes the field.
"“My goal as a coach is to help our guys to become the best version of themselves – on and off the field,” Flores said, via ESPN. “I work hard to achieve that goal.”"
Hopefully, Danny Shelton will be one of those players.