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Jay Bromley motivated by D-Line newcomers

Posted Jun 4, 2016

Giants Defensive Tackle Jay Bromley talks offseason training and goals for 2016:   
The Giants made some serious additions to the defensive line this offseason by bringing in Olivier Vernon and Damon “Snacks” Harrison. They also have two very talented returning players in Johnathan Hankins and Jason Pierre-Paul.

But often lost in the shuffle is a 2014 third-round pick they hope can make a big jump in production this season: Jay Bromley.

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“I’ve been working extremely hard. This offseason was one of my best offseasons,” Bromley said. “Just coming in now, working with Hankins, Dame (Damon Harrison), OV (Oliver Vernon), JPP (Jason Pierre-Paul), I’ve been learning from those guys. All this new talent around me, I can’t help but push myself harder just to get playing time, so that’s beautiful thing that pushes your limits.”

Bromley knows it’s getting better at the little things and taking care of the details that can really make a difference.

“I spent a month down in Louisiana working with Coach (Pete) Jenkins, one of the best D-line coaches in the country, and I think that really helped me playing my keys and understanding the game better,” Bromley said. “I played 16 games last year, and that experience went a long way for me understanding the game.”

Bromley played just under 500 snaps last season, nearly four times the number he played as a rookie. Although he didn’t record a sack, he had four quarterback hits and 11 hurries, according to Pro Football Focus. This year, Bromley has a new defensive line coach. Patrick Graham was brought in this offseason to take over the position from Robert Nunn.

“It’s been different,” Bromley said. “I’m a little bit older with my time in the league, so I have a little more experience to have leeway with certain things and he kind of gives you a little more freedom so I appreciate that.”

Besides his new coach, Bromley also has a lot of new people in his position room.

“We have a lot of new additions this season, especially on the defensive side,” Bromley said. “But I think everyone is gelling together really well. We enjoy playing together and it is showing on the practice field. We’re coming up with a lot of wins during the week.”

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There are a lot of big bodies in the defensive line meeting room, including the 320-pound Hankins, 350-pound Harrison, and another 350-pounder in Montori Hughes. Even though Bromley checks in at 310 pounds, as a senior at Syracuse he used his quickness and athleticism to accumulate 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss.

“I think with the kind of scheme with us playing three technique or nose the majority of the time, I think that will give me a lot of opportunities to put pressure on the quarterback and get into the backfield with stunts and things like that,” Bromley said.

The defense, overall, impresses him.

“I feel like from top to bottom we’re stacked as far as the starters and people that can come off the bench to push the starters,” he added. “We have a great secondary and a really strong defensive line and that’s where everything starts and ends. We do what we’re supposed to do up front and everybody else’s job will be easier.” Bromley hopes to earn his way onto the field and be a part of a defensive line that brings the Giants’ defense back to prominence.