Will Hernandez is affable and polite off the field but when he puts on the no. 71 Giants jersey this season, he'll turn into a completely different person.
Hernandez, Giants 2018 second-round draft pick, is proud of that personality change. At Giants rookie minicamp, he was all smiles as he talked about being nasty.
"It's kind of a split personality deal," Hernandez said. "I don't purposely try and change, but as soon as that helmet comes on, it's just a completely different mindset. I can say please and thank you on the field, too, maybe after I've done my job, but there is definitely a difference there. I think every player should be referred to as that. If you're a football player, you should be referred to as a nasty, on-the-edge player."
Furthermore, Hernandez believes that's how all players should be between the lines.
"I think that's how everyone should play," Hernandez said. "I think that's the reason why this sport is so popular and yeah, I definitely consider myself that and I think that everybody should be exactly that."
This season, Hernandez will likely be a starter at either left or right guard. He has no preference between either one, and could even do a job on special teams if the team asked.
"I'm here to help out the team in any way," Hernandez said. "If they want to put me at kicker, I'll kick the ball - I did play soccer a little bit, so I can help there (laughs). But no, wherever the coaches want me, that's where I'll be."
That kind of adaptability is what Hernandez wants to display as he transitions from Texas-El Paso to the Giants.
"The first thing (you want to show the coaches) is that you're adaptable," Hernandez said. "You're adaptable to going from what you know and what you've been taught for the past five years, four years and being able to transition. Even though it's still the sport of football, there are still a lot of details that you need to be able to adjust to, and the style of coaching that the coaches do here and the way they want you to do things."