Now I’m admittedly not the best person to ask about the ins and outs of the offensive and defensive lines… but I do know that when you overpower and push your man 7 yards backwards like Michael Oher did to that shitty high school lineman in The Blind Side, then you’re doing a pretty good job. I think Danny is going to fit in with this defense just fine.
If Shelton can consistently push offensive linemen backwards and disrupt the backfield, then this defense has a chance to be pretty formidable. Imagine Karlos Dansby or Donte Whitner running downhill to make a hit in the lane that Shelton’s bullrush just created. Just by occupying space, taking on double teams, and moving people backwards, Shelton can free up our Backers to make tons of plays at or behind the line of scrimmage. Karlos Dansby may literally end up with 500 tackles for loss this season.
It wasn’t just one play Tuesday against the Bills where Shelton stood out. It was nearly all of them. He’s powerful, relentless and finishes every play. Shelton is all over the field, he’s loud and even when Buffalo started catching on to how strong and fast he was, he didn’t relent.
Shelton’s rise could be one of the biggest developments for the Browns going into the regular season. He hasn’t played like a rookie and sets up other teammates to make plays.
“I definitely wanted to play more violently,” Shelton said. “That’s something that I practiced these past two days. I feel more prepared now. I feel more prepared for my second game.”
In other words, #PrayForTheAFCNorth