Dane Belton is ready to replace Julian Love: ‘My mindset is always to be the best out there’


The New York Giants were one of the most surprising teams in the league last season. They started off hot and battled their way to a playoff berth – and win – after a tough stretch in the middle of the season.

Big Blue will look to build on that in 2023 with most of their key players returning, but there will be some jobs up for grabs in training camp.

One player that the Giants lost in free agency this offseason was starting safety Julian Love. Love was a constant in the Giants secondary for the last four seasons. There are some big shoes to fill but the Giants have a few options that will be competing for that job.

One of those options is Dane Belton. Belton will be entering his second season after being drafted in the fourth round last year.

Belton was a guest on the Audacy Original Podcast “One Giant Step” and talked about taking a step forward and replacing Love in the coming season.

“That’s definitely my goal to come out and earn that spot,” Belton said (11:15 in player above). “We have a lot of guys that can play really well; a lot of guys that understand the defense and can make plays.”

Belton played in nine regular-season games and one playoff game for the Giants last season. He made five starts, including in Week 9 when he picked up his first career interception.

After battling through collarbone and shoulder injuries, Belton is looking forward to a healthy season.

“My mindset is always to be the best out there regardless of who’s out there,” he said. “Once I’m fully healthy and coming back in training camp, that’s going to be my goal to earn that spot and to make plays for this defense.”

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