Danny Shelton’s transition to the NFL has been much tougher than even he anticipated.
Shelton changed his diet, lost 10-15 pounds and changed his workout regimen this offseason in an effort to help him become the dominant force at nose tackle that the Browns projected him to be when they used the 12th overall pick in 2015 on him.
“I thought it would easy and I’d learn really quick,” Shelton said Thursday. “It’s a team sport and you can’t really count on yourself to make all the plays.”
His rookie season was inconsistent at best and he provided little impact, something he looks to change in year 2.
The former Washington Huskie got off to a strong start by recording 4 tackles Sunday in Philadelphia working against Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce and he finally showed some push inside which caught the attention of head coach Hue Jackson.
“He got some knock back on the offensive line. That was a huge improvement,” Jackson said. “We just need him to do it consistently and do it every game.
“He is starting to be dominant up front. We know he is a big guy. At the same time, you have to use your athletic ability and use your hands and your legs to push people. He is starting to do that. He is starting to really come on.”
Shelton along with fellow 2015 first round pick Cameron Erving, who continues to struggle with shotgun snaps, are the lone remaining recent first-round picks and they remain under the microscope following the failures of so many others the team has selected and eventually discarded due to performance – or lack of.
Forget about trying to validate his own selection, instead Shelton remains determined to become a household name.
“It’s always been my expectation to be a dominant defensive lineman and every time I have a bad game it’s hard to get past it,” Shelton said. “It’s just part of the game. You’ve got to get past it and move on and get ready for the next week.”
Safety Dance – Rookie linebacker Carl Nassib had a nice showing in Week 1 finishing with 3 tackles and his first NFL sack, which he followed up with a finger wag after he took down Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
Jackson said Thursday he doesn’t mind the occasional celebrations as long as his players keep them in check, and don’t draw flags.
“I want our guys to have a little swagger to them,” Jackson said. “If that is what makes us play good, more power to them. As long as the dances don’t turn into something I’ve never seen before, we will be OK.”
Three Nominees – Three former Browns stars have been nominated for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.
Former Browns linebacker Clay Matthews, cornerback Frank Minnifield, and returner/receiver Eric Metcalf were among 94 former players and coaches that were nominated Wednesday night. The list of nominees will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists by November and 15 finalists by January.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will vote on the final class of 2017 during its annual selection meeting before Super Bowl LI in February.
Unveiling Set – The Browns will unveil the statue of Jim Brown Sunday morning at 10:30 on the southeast corner plaza of FirstEnergy Stadium.
Quote of the Day – “That’s BS. C’mon. Go watch this guy’s film……he lit a lot of teams up. The guy knows how to play.” Receiver Terrelle Pryor on criticism of Josh McCown over his 2-17 record in his last 19 starts.
Injury Report – LIMITED: CB Marcus Burley (groin), S Derrick Kindred (ankle); FULL: WR Terrelle Pryor (shoulder), LG John Greco (back)