Quick Q & A with Damon "Snacks" Harrison
By Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger
on June 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM, updated June 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM
We continue our summer Q and A series with Jets defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison. Last year, he was the last man on the roster following cut-down day but has now made a name for himself within the organization. He hopes to parse a crowded depth chart again this summer and continue living an NFL dream that got him out of a job at Wal-Mart.
How do you feel like you’ve done through minicamp?
I learned a lot from last year, and I’m being told that from some of the older guys and coaches. I like to talk to the offensive linemen to see if I improved and from what I’ve heard from everyone else so far I’m doing well.
Who do you talk to?
I talk to Brick a lot, and last year it was a lot of Brandon Moore, since we lined up over each other a lot. This year it’s been D’Brickashaw and Willie (Colon). He wasn’t around last year but this year he’s given me a lot of credit and is talking to the other guys about me.
Your story is amazing. You used to stock cat and dog food at Wal-Mart. You survived a natural disaster in New Orleans and now you’re here. Can you wrap your head around that? How good does it feel to be here?
Just now having that year under my belt, and knowing what the coaches expect out of you and learning how to be a pro, it gives you that sense of security. Like, if you do this right, it wouldn’t be a problem. I wouldn’t say I’m comfortable this year, but I know what to do in order to be successful.
Who is going to surprise everyone this year?
Muhammad is a given. I think it should be a big year for Kenrick. He’s starting to get everything now, and you can see it in his play.