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New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle Challenges Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie to Become Best CB in NFL

May 13th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle is intimately familiar with the team's brand new cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The two played together with the Arizona Cardinals and Rolle knows DRC has, at times, played like the premiere cornerback in the league. Now, fresh off of a mega deal with Big Blue, Rolle challenged his friend to find consistency and dominate the league as he's entirely capable of doing.

"I still don't feel like he has shown what he can truly be in this league, which is one of the best corners in the NFL," Rolle said on Friday during a promotion for the Promax protein bar nutrition system.

"I've played the corner position. I've been around several corners, and I know the talents and athleticism he brings to the game." Rolle added. "He's freakish. You put that together, along with the knowledge of the game, understanding where your team is going to be, when to gamble here and there, when not to. I think he has the best safeties around, with Stevie Brown, myself, Will Hill and Quintin Demps. Now he needs to show how good he can be."

On paper, there's no denying just how talented the Giants' secondary appears to be. Add in Walter Thurmond III, Trumaine McBride, Jayron Hosley and Charles James and you have quite the formidable unit. And if DRC truly can morph into a consistently dominating cornerback, allowing Prince Amukamara to come into his own on the other side, Big Blue's defense could soar to the top of the league.

Perhaps Rolle's challenge will be just the sort of motivation DRC requires to take his game to the next level.

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Tags: Antrel Rolle, Charles James, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Football, Jayron Hosley, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Prince Amukamara, Quintin Demps, Stevie Brown, Trumaine McBride, Walter Thurmond, Will Hill

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5 Responses to “New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle Challenges Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie to Become Best CB in NFL”

  1.  JClare says:

    Very excited to see how the secondary shapes up this year, definitely looking good.

    What’s the deal with Will Hill? Is he going through the appeals process? It’s been almost a month since word broke out about him potentially being suspended.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      It’s a very long process. No real way of knowing where they are as of now.

      •  NM-GIANT says:

        I will say that if the Giants let him go, He will play for someone else and it would be our mistake. I understand he likes the weed and uses adderalll but it would be ridiculous to let a talent like that walk out the door, My bet is that he got busted for the adderall again and if it was weed then he is a moron for not cleaning his system out prior to any engagements with the Giants.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Just remember this: assuming that having ‘Trel around to push him (DRC has made clear how much he admires Rolle) gets our new corner to where he can consistently play the opponent’s #1 receiver and release Prince to cover the #2 guy (while Thurmond and others battle for the slot corner position in what should be a GREAT camp competition), we’re going to see a LOT more sacks this season from our defensive line.

    I’m looking for JPP, Ayers, Moore and Kiwi to have good seasons as long as our defensive tackles can get a push and prevent quarterbacks from easily stepping up into the pocket.

    We’ve got a chance to be a VERY good defense in 2014. The kind that with a little luck, and reasonable health, can carry the team while the offense gets the inevitable kinks associated with a new offense and a lot of new faces worked out.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    With our defense I rhink we have a lot of known quantitties. The 3 keys are JPP returning to 2011 form or close to, Hankins stepping up and being a quality starter who mans significant snaps and Moore becoming a quality pass rusher who makes teams pay for blocking him one on one. If those 3 have anything like their production last year our defense goes from possibly top 5 to average. We also probably need one of our young safeties to step up. I’m going to assume Hill will be suspended for the year. Without him our 3rd safties is a big question mark though we do have Demps at a vet buffer. I think we need some help from the young safeties as well. The guy I’m looking at is Taylor. Last year much like Moore he basically served a redshirt year in terms of playing defesive snaps. But he has physical talent and now should knows what he’s doing. While I expect us to play less 3 safety looks with oue depth at CB and LB, I think the best candidate to play the 3rd safety is Talyor. Also Taylor might be in line to battle Williams for thr role of nickel LB. We don’t need Taylor to become a pro bowler but just contribute like Hill did in 2012.

    It’s a shame because if we had Hill for the season I would feel great about this defense. While pass rush is still a concern with all of our coverage talent we can blitz to suplement our pass rush much more than we have in the past.

    I’m with F55 on adding Finley, I’m not a big fan of it but I understand if we do. And I can see getting a redzone target. I like our offense and the weapons. But we do continue to have redzone concerns. Finley definitely could help in that area. I just think he’s a player that can become fools gold. With Finley you have to run you offense diferently because he’s basically just a big WR.

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