Damon "Snacks" Harrison spoke this week about joining the New York Giants and he showed signs of excitement in becoming a part of a new organization. Harrison has signed a five-year $62.5 million contract with the Giants and will be a great fit for their defensive line.
Harrison started 48 consecutive games for the Jets from 2013-2015, and was able to speak to The Giants Beat and beat reporters about how the transition has been.
“It was tough at first," admitted Harrison. "It has been much easier than I expected because everything that I have done thus far has been pretty consistent and pretty constant so I can’t say that I am a guy that likes change but the transition has been easy.”
One thing Harrison was sure about when making the change from a Jet to a Giant is that football is football and that is what’s most important to him. W
“That I look good in red and blue, I would have to say --- no, just how well I have gelled with the guys and you never know what to expect when going into a locker room and the guys have welcomed me with open arms and it hasn’t been a problem," noted the veteran lineman. That was pretty surprising to me.”
"It is big. They have some guys who have been pretty successful in this league and some younger guys who are looking for sustainable success so just to be in here and getting the vibe from them. Being on the other side of town in the other locker room, you kind of admired what was going on here because everywhere you go, they are always talking about the New York Giants this, the New York Giants that and now to actually be here and to be a part of it is amazing."
Harrison is excited to be joining the locker room on the other side of town, and to be part of a team with chemistry already established between the veterans and the younger guys.
“I have higher expectations for myself than anyone can ever give me”, Damon Harrison says about the expectations that come with the Giants spending a lot of money to acquire high-profile players this offseason.
When asked about how he feels about being a leader right out of the gate if needed, or if he feels he needs to ease his way around the locker room as the season progresses.
“Yeah, definitely. "I don’t want to come in and label myself a leader; I definitely want to get in where I fit in. I am not here to change anything," noted Harrison. "I am here to do exactly what they want me to do and do everything the New York Giant way and if that calls for me to be a leader, then I am all for it, but if I have to sit back in the back and listen, then I am all for that as well.”
Harrison spoke about what it will be like playing in a 4-3 opposed to what he is used to which is a 3-4. He says football is football at the end of the day, and that his job in the 4-3 versus the 3-4 is pretty much the same as he transitions defenses.
Harrison says he’s been hanging out with Johnathan Hankins another defensive lineman for the Giants, and says that they are forming good chemistry on and off the field.
When asked about what it is like being one of very few guys in the Giants locker room who has played on a top NFL defense, and if he senses any of the same ingredients in place that will make this a top unit as well, Harrison says,
“I don’t want to say yes and I don’t want to say no just because, like you said, it is just April, but when you look around that room and see the type of guys they have in there --- the JPPs, the Oliver Vernon’s, the Hankins, the Collins and DRC and [Janoris Jenkins] and everybody else they have in there --- and Kennard. We have the ingredients but we just have to put it all together and we will only be as good as we can be if we can work together,” said Harrison.
Harrison is clearly excited to get things rolling with the Giants. He has the mentality of always doing the right thing, and working hard. With his love for the game of football only great things can come from his presence on the field, and in the locker room.