Danny Shelton adjusting to Patriots conditioning program

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The Patriots acquired Danny Shelton to help fill a big hole in the middle of the defensive line.

He’s trying to become a little less big, however.

The former Cleveland first-rounder who was acquired in a March trade said he’s getting used to a more aggressive conditioning program, as he tries to get down to 335 pounds.

My body’s adjusting to all the running, man,” Shelton said, via Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston. “It’s pretty crazy. But I like it.”

Of course, Shelton has only been on one other team, but said he can tell a change in the Patriots program to the one he was used to. And after gaining weight this offseason, he’s working to get back into the kind of shape he wants to be in. The Patriots take pride in running the hill next to their practice fields, something he’s looking forward to.

“Just getting my mind ready for it,” Shelton said. “We haven’t gotten to that part. It is deceiving. It doesn’t look too tough. But just hearing from some of the guys, it’s not something you want to mess with.”

While he might not have lived up to expectations in Cleveland, he’s the kind of buy-low (he was acquired along with a fifth-round pick for a 2019 third) addition the Patriots have succeeded with in the past.

43 responses to “Danny Shelton adjusting to Patriots conditioning program

  1. I root for the kid, liked him in Cleveland. But I don’t think he is the talent he was drafted at, and won’t be in NE either. Serviceable player at best.

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    The Patriots front seven went from highly suspect to downright horrid after the injuries hit. They couldn’t stop the run and they couldn’t stop the pass. The additions of Shelton and Adrian Clayborn may help. Dietrich Wise and Derek Rivers may develop pass rushing skills. Or, they may not. New defensive coordinator, Brian Flores, has his work cut out for him.
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  3. Welcome to the Show. It’s a great opportunity for you. You’ll find that all the extra work and high-quality coaching on technique will help you be what you were meant to be. Or not. We’ll see.

  4. Danny Shelton was a very good prospect going into the Draft but then had the misfortune to be selected by the Browns. It wasn’t his fault, but he went to a very bad team with a very bad owner and very bad coaches who didn’t have a clue what they were doing. Bill Belichick’s challenge is now to erase everything of the past 3 years and start with Danny as if he is a rookie and to rebuild some self-confidence. In Bill we trust, but this will be a challenge.

  5. “Shelton has only been on one other team, but said he can tell a change in the Patriots program to the one he was used to.”

    One would hope there’s a change from Cleveland to New England.

  6. Would love to have seen my team get this guy. Really envy Belichick with these types of moves.

    My team does things like signing expensive players past their prime, cutting their most productive WR, and thinning out the roster to do so.

  7. In New England he won’t be asked to do anything he’s not capable of doing. If he does what he’s told, he’ll find success. The guys who fail there tend to do so because of mental errors so if he’s coachable he’ll be fine.

  8. artliedtocleveland says:
    May 18, 2018 at 9:23 am
    Danny played hard for Cleveland but he just simply weighs too much to be explosive at the point of attack. Good 2 down player

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    How is Jamie Collins doing at 12 mil per?

    That’s Cleveland. Shelton is now in NE. Expect an uptick in his talent and performances.

  9. With professional conditioning coaches on both teams, the only difference in the two programs is that there is no hill next to the practice facility in Cleveland. Its very easy to blame your former team’s coaches for your own failures. Give it a year and let’s see where he is then.

  10. terripet says:
    May 18, 2018 at 9:45 am
    How is the cheater class going

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    you should check the Colts’ written test scores to find out, seems they’ve really struggled since the league started the halftime psi checks.

  11. uglydingo says:
    May 18, 2018 at 9:52 am
    Danny Shelton was a very good prospect going into the Draft but then had the misfortune to be selected by the Browns. It wasn’t his fault, but he went to a very bad team with a very bad owner and very bad coaches who didn’t have a clue what they were doing. Bill Belichick’s challenge is now to erase everything of the past 3 years and start with Danny as if he is a rookie and to rebuild some self-confidence. In Bill we trust, but this will be a challenge.

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    I don’t think it will be a challenge at all. Brown isn’t a pure 3-4 NT, but Shelton is. This allows some extra beef in the more traditional sets. NE has very good front 7 talent in Brown, Flowers, the kids Wise/Butler who played well last year, and Lawrence Guy is a solid piece as a veteran who is versatile as well.

    Vince Valentine also returns. With Wise and Butler taking on less snaps, but now with a wealth of experience, with Hightower returning, Marquis FLowers (played very well), Van Noy will shine even more than he has back in his usual spot.

    Good combo of skills sets, some beef, power and speed upfront. Should be interesting to see if Rivers added weight like he needed to.

    Clayborn just needs to be ok with scaling back and being used a bit more strategically than he’s used to. If he can check the ego a bit there, they’ll be very formidable.

  12. terripet says:
    May 18, 2018 at 9:45 am
    How is the cheater class going

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    I don’t know. Send a group email out to Goodell, the Jets, Ravens, Colts, Broncos and Giants and ask them.

    They know all about it.

  13. Why are the Patriots always in the layoffs and the brownies struggle to win 1 game in 2 yers? Mr. Shelton is finding out the differences between perennial winners and serial losers.

  14. “Where was the conditioning coach when Vince Wilfork was here?”

    You must not have watched Wilfork play. He was the most agile big man I’ve ever seen on the field with enormous strength. There were times I literally saw him spread his arms wide and push back 3 Olinemen on the other team, something I’ve never seen any other player do, win a triple team.s

    Yes he was a huge human being, but he was in great shape while he was in NE and never once was pulled for being gassed.

  15. Danny might want to eat less carbs. Running can only do so much. Trying to get down to 335 lbs means he is a big man.

  16. “With professional conditioning coaches on both teams, the only difference in the two programs is that there is no hill next to the practice facility in Cleveland.”

    Lol not all coaches and programs are of equal merit. One was successful in helping its team get to the Super Bowl, the other helped its team to 0-16. There is most certainly a significant difference in quality between the two programs/teams.

  17. Conditioning is under rated…I’ve seen many a team in various beat a bigger and more talented opponent because they just had more stamina.

  18. That’s Cleveland. Shelton is now in NE. Expect an uptick in his talent and performances.
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    Like Kenny Britt did?

  19. Make no mistake. This is a one-year rental. They won’t resign him at the end of the season. BB’s main goal in signing this guy was so he can get a compensatory pick for him when he leaves. So, they traded a third-round pick for him but when he leaves they will be awarded (presumably) a third-round pick (or a fifth because that’s when he was drafted). It’s all about getting another compensatory pick and all it costs him is his $2+M salary this year.

  20. ytownie says:
    May 18, 2018 at 10:30 am
    With professional conditioning coaches on both teams, the only difference in the two programs is that there is no hill next to the practice facility in Cleveland..
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    No you’re very wrong. Firstly, Shelton just told you different. Secondly, anyone who reads up on in-depth media of Pats’ joint practices will tell you at the end when the other team showers the Pats go jogging. This is why some cheat-players like Lame PED Johnson claim the Pats have no fun, but you only had to look at SB51 where the Falcons were gassed by late 3rd Q while Pats still looked fresh in OT. Better conditioning wins more games.

  21. belichick teams are always good by season’s end and sometimes they go from mediocre, to good, to really good in a hurry. he keeps tweaking with spare parts and sometimes finds just the right combination. patriot teams get ripped as horrible whenever they aren’t great because their bar is so high. it really is amazing to see what b.b. does year after year of picking last and being periodically subjected to arbitrary draft pick losses in desperate attempts to put him at a further disadvantage.

  22. Easy to say “it wasn’t my fault I was mediocre in Cleveland…it’s their fault I was out of shape”……but you only have to go back to his combine results to show that he was slow and not explosive then. Also, it clearly says he’s “…And after gaining weight this offseason, he’s working to get back into the kind of shape he wants to be in…”……how are we blaming the Browns for him sitting on his butt in the off-season after he was traded? This guy was overdrafted and not a good fit for a 4-3 defense.

  23. sbchampsagain says:
    May 18, 2018 at 10:41 am
    Where was the conditioning coach when Vince Wilfork was here?

    Like the comment above me, Vince was a beast. That man would beat you in a foot race, even at 350lbs. He may have been big, but he was in great shape. The only time I saw him gassed was on a long INT return, and that was one of my favorite memories.

  24. If they are going to use him in the 2 gap situation, speed is not a factor, strength and taking on 2 blockers is what they will want.

    If Bill traded for him he has certainly watched film on him. Apparently he liked what he saw.

  25. Conditioning is under rated…I’ve seen many a team in various beat a bigger and more talented opponent because they just had more stamina

    New England capitalizes on a lot of teams that way at the end of games. Give credit to the Eagles for not falling for that.

  26. whenwilliteverend says:
    May 18, 2018 at 11:17 am
    Make no mistake. This is a one-year rental. They won’t resign him at the end of the season….
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    The Pats do actually some times extend players; and they almost always try to extend players they believe are a good fit. Unfortunately, since ex-Patriots continue to be a, more often than not, overpaid commodity in the free agent market, that does often not work out for the Pats.

    If Shelton has a good attitude, which appears to be the case right now anyways, and does a good job the Pats will offer an extension. But if other teams at the end of the Patriots Super Bowl run are offering Shelton over $10 million per year, the Pats may be outbid.

  27. jam11163 says:
    May 18, 2018 at 9:26 am
    Be prepared to have noooo fun.
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    Its a job, winning is more important than fun.

  28. harrisonhits2 says:
    May 18, 2018 at 10:57 am
    “Where was the conditioning coach when Vince Wilfork was here?”

    You must not have watched Wilfork play. He was the most agile big man I’ve ever seen on the field with enormous strength. There were times I literally saw him spread his arms wide and push back 3 Olinemen on the other team, something I’ve never seen any other player do, win a triple team.s

    Yes he was a huge human being, but he was in great shape while he was in NE and never once was pulled for being gassed.

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    Not to mention saving a person by one handing them up and out of a wrecked car. The reaction of the people there was that they couln’t belueve they had just watched any human being do that. Then they found out who it was and it made more sense.

  29. jerruhjones says:
    May 18, 2018 at 11:16 am
    That’s Cleveland. Shelton is now in NE. Expect an uptick in his talent and performances.
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    Like Kenny Britt did?
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    Yes, like Britt. For his starting point he was a mess. The only positive thing was that with the signing they had gotten him to shut his mouth, open his ears, and get to work. That was of course a huge improvement. Since then his performance has made great strides, enough to get his option picked up. He still needs to crack a tough roster this year and he may not because the competition is so tough there, but still they have a completely different guy going on there now than the lazy head case that got himself released by the Browns.

  30. Well, it’s still very early in the off season so I guess I’ll just have to enjoy all the trolling & tears from the fans of other teams….. wow, maybe the season has already started??!!
    LOL
    GO Pats!!!!

  31. aarons444 says:
    May 18, 2018 at 10:08 am
    Would love to have seen my team get this guy. Really envy Belichick with these types of moves.

    My team does things like signing expensive players past their prime, cutting their most productive WR, and thinning out the roster to do so.

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    I have to agree with you. You would think the team with the best QB would do whatever they could to build a team around him. GB should have at least three SBs with Rodgers by now.

  32. aarons444 says:
    May 18, 2018 at 10:08 am
    Would love to have seen my team get this guy. Really envy Belichick with these types of moves.

    My team does things like signing expensive players past their prime, cutting their most productive WR, and thinning out the roster to do so.

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    I have to agree with you. You would think the team with the best QB would do whatever they could to build a team around him. GB should have at least three SBs with Rodgers by now.
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    I thought he was writing about the Dolphins??? lol

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  33. Yep. Add him to the long list of “steals” they got from the Browns who wound up cut or not re-signed. Being a fanatic is great, being delusional isn’t. There’s no magical reclamation that occurs in NE with underperforming players. They get released quietly after a year and no one notices. Barkevious Mingo, Jabaal Sheard, I guess Kenny Britt is still good for one more year before he’s dropped, all guys met with glee and all gone.

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