Monday, August 6, 2012
DePalma willing to play DB if needed
By Ryan Hayner
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Wide receiver Dan DePalma is willing to do whatever it takes to make the team. He’s even offered to play cornerback.
“I will do anything on the field that I can,” said DePalma, who spent last year on the practice squad as an undrafted free agent. “If it means in nickel or safety or they need a spot for that, I will learn some defense. I will play offense, special teams; I will do whatever I have to do to fill a spot on the team.”
DePalma played cornerback his first year at Division II West Chester in Pennsylvania before switching to wide receiver.
“So it is not anything out of the realm of possibility,” he said. “Just teach me and put me out there and I will do it to the best of my ability. I am hoping to perform well enough in camp so that they don’t have that tough decision but if all else fails, I am just happy to be a part of this organization.”
The 5-foot-11, 192-pound receiver drew praise from coaches and players last year after playing the role of Wes Welker to help the team prepare for the Super Bowl.
“And I think it definitely helped our defense out,” DePalma said. “He didn’t really make many plays one-on-one against Antrel [Rolle]. He locked him down for the majority of the game. In my mind, I think I had accomplished my job and hopefully that will open some eyes. I know the coaches saw it on film in practice every day so that I hope that they realize I put the work in and am ready to step up to the next level.”
DePalma sat out most of the spring after offseason hip surgery but said there have been no complications and he has been “100 percent every day.” The New Jersey native has made several nice catches throughout training camp, including a tough grab along the sideline Saturday.