Following in Steve Weatherford's footsteps, Damon Harrison is making a smooth transition from the New York Jets to the New York Giants. The veteran defensive tackle admits that he's had to adjust his Steve Spagnuolo's high pressure scheme, but he's confident that he'll absorb the playbook and hit the ground running once training camp gets underway.
Harrison was graded as the top run defender by Pro Football Focus last season and his lunch-pail mentality and fun-loving personality has already engendered him to his new teammates. Clearly familiar with the New York and New Jersey area, Harrison will have a smoother adjustment to his environment than most major free agents that land with Big Blue.
While the former Jets production won't necessarily be reflected in the stat-sheet, Harrison's ability to command a double team and break down the integrity of opposing offensive lines will prove invaluable for the Giants rebuilt defensive front. An undrafted and unheralded player throughout his professional career, Harrison's next chapter with the Giants might seem him finally get the recognition and credit he deserves. Often overshadowed by Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson with Gang Green, Harrison has become the face of the Giants offseason makeover and could usher in a new era of defensive minded football that has been absent that past few seasons.