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Damon Harrison expects easy transition from Jets to Giants

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Damon Harrison speaks with the media.

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Jerry Reese wasted no time in trying to fix the defensive line for the New York Giants. As one of the premier run-stuffing defensive tackles in the game, Damon Harrison immediately fixes a glaring weakness for the Giants.  With a hefty contract, Harrison is expected to become an immediate contributor for the team. When asked if the Giants game against the New York Jets gave Harrison motivation to make the defense better, he says the motivation extends far beyond that one game.

"It’s motivation in general, not even just from that game, just to help this franchise get back to where they were," Harrison said. "They invested a lot in me, and I know they’re expecting a lot out of me. That alone, in itself without even talking our game last year, that alone is the motivation to help the franchise get back."

Coming from a 3-4 defense with the New York Jets, some have wondered if there will be any adjustment issues with the Giants 4-3 scheme. Harrison claims this won't be the case at all.

"I think I’ll be able to show more, but a lot of people—I don’t know—they have the 3-4 and the 4-3, I guess they have it confused," Harrison said. "It’s almost similar, the only difference is the outside linebackers. The guys along the line play the exact same positions. In the 3-4 you have your 5-technique, you have a shade, and you have the 3-technique. You have a linebacker who’s also outside in the five—that’s the exact same thing in the 4-3. But in a 4-3, you don’t play a lot of zero noses that you do in the 3-4. It’s almost the exact same thing, but with just defensive ends in as linebackers."

With the acquisition of Harrison, he will be paired up with another big defensive tackle with Jonathan Hankins. Harrison explains how the two can work well together.

"Just both do our jobs to the best of our abilities and complement each other, work off each other; as well as the guys on the outside," Harrison said. "I think it will be fun with me and big Hankins in the middle."

Of course, coming from the New York Jets, Harrison is glad he won't have to make any big changes in his lifestyle.

"I’ll tell you what man, the transition is going to be so easy," Harrison said. "If I wanted to, I could stay exactly where I am. My stepdaughter would have to get out of school. I could live in the house I’ve been living in for some time now, but I’m choosing to move closer on this side so I can get to work a whole lot easier. It’s so easy that it seems unreal that I can do exactly what I’ve been doing for the past four years without having to change anything, just coming to a new facility."

Harrison also took to Twitter in response to show his feelings on free agency and being a new member of the New York Giants.