Brandon Shell on the challenge of facing Khalil Mack Dan Leberfeld

Q)How much of a challenge is it facing (Bears OLB) Khalil Mack?

Brandon Shell – Jets right tackle: It’s really a challenge every week. You just have to go out there and play your game. No matter who lines up in front of you, that’s how you have to look at it every week.

Q)What is Mack like as a player?

Shell: He’s a great player. He has good ball get-off, strong guy, he plays hard, he’s a great athlete.

Q)And you can’t really factor in his (ankle) injury and let your guard down . . .

Shell: No, you can’t do that, because a lot of guys play hurt around this time anyways. You can’t let that fool you and think it’s going to be an [easy] game, because it’s not. He’s that type of player that can change a game on one play.

Q)You played against him before – what was that like?

Shell: I just went out there and played – did my study on him and went out there and played, because at the end of the day, that’s what you’ve got to do.

Q)What makes him so tough?

Shell: He has a knack for the ball. He’s a great pass rusher, good against the run, good ball get-off, he’s strong. He knows how to set to you up with moves to get to the quarterback easy. There are a lot of things that make him a great player, but you still have to go out there and play.

Q)Where does he mainly line up?

Shell: You watch film and he lines up on both sides – he’s on the right, he’s on the left, him and Leonard Floyd, they swap.

Q)You played against Floyd in college (Georgia). What’s he like?

Shell: He’s a speed rusher, athlete, he is good with his hands, he’s got a spin move. He’s one of those pass rushers who can do anything. That’s what Leonard Floyd is.


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