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5 things to know about new DT Danny Shelton


Five things to know about new Giants defensive tackle Danny Shelton:

1. Danny Shelton is entering his seventh season in the NFL. He was drafted with the No. 12 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he spent his first three seasons. He then went on to play two years for the New England Patriots before joining the Detroit Lions for the 2020 campaign.

2. Shelton has played 87 games with 72 starts since entering the league. His career totals include 247 tackles (126 solo), 5.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, 18 quarterback hits, once forced fumble and two passes defensed.

3. The 27-year-old's strongest overall season came with the Patriots in 2019. That year, he started 14 of the 16 games in which he played and registered a career-high 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble and 61 total tackles, along with two tackles for loss and six quarterback hits while playing just 49 percent of New England's defensive snaps.

4. Shelton played his collegiate ball at the University of Washington and spent four seasons with the Huskies, but it wasn't until his senior season that he truly landed on the NFL radar. In 14 games his senior year, Shelton racked up 94 tackles (53 solo), nine sacks, 17 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and in interception. He earned First-Team All-Pac-12 honors as well as being named AP First-Team All-American.

In addition to playing football, Shelton was also a member of the Huskies' track and field team, where he represented the school in the shot put at the Pac-12 Championships several times.

Shelton was a teammate of newly signed Giants wide receiver John Ross at the University of Washington. In fact, the two were roommates in college.

5. Shelton comes from Samoan descent, and his given name is Danny Sailieupumoni Shelton. His middle name means "search for the truth."

Born in Auburn, Washington, Shelton attended Auburn High School, where he was named both the South Puget Sound League 4A North's Offensive Lineman of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year, twice.


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