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New York Giants Wednesday Morning Storylines: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is Overrated?

July 9th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Wednesday, New York Giants fans! With Big Blue having released their official training camp schedule on Tuesday night, all that's left to do is count away the days — only 12 more to go until players report! In the mean time, please enjoy the following headlines over your mid-week coffee.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Film Review: Giants CB Overrated, Underrated, as Expected?

Consensus: Overrated

This is not saying that I wasn't impressed with the way Rodgers-Cromartie, as a whole, played in the four games I watched. In fact, for the most part, he was dominant against lesser competition.

But what I was surprised to see was that Denver didn't use Rodgers-Cromartie as a pure shutdown, No. 1 cornerback most of the time. And when he was on the star receivers, he allowed some big plays.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said at the NFL Meetings back in March that Rodgers-Cromartie would be "following" the other teams' best receiver just about every week this season. Based on what the tape showed, that might not work out so well. That's not how Rodgers-Cromartie had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013, and it's why I put him in the overrated category.

20 Questions: Who Will Bounce Back?

MICHAEL EISEN: Left tackle Will Beatty. The 2013 season was not Beatty’s best, and he candidly will be the first to admit that. The Giants struggled on offense last year largely because of the play of the injury-weakened line. Improvement up front is critical this year if the Giants’ new offense is to perform efficiently and productively. Beatty plays the line’s most important position, one that protects Eli Manning’s blind side. He needs to play as he did in 2012 and lead the way for a higher level of performance from the entire line.

Ranking the NY Giants' Top 5 Sleepers to Watch in Camp

1. Offensive Lineman Brandon Mosley

Mosley filled in for Snee with the starting unit, and while one can’t fully evaluate the offensive line when the team is not in pads, Mosley never really appeared to be out of place or overwhelmed with his assignments.

“Brandon is really in his second year,” said Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty. “His first year he was on IR. He was with us in training camp, and then he had his foot operated on and he was put on injury reserve, so he missed a year of football activity.

“Last year…he was progressing very well, and then when he had the opportunity to really take the bull by the horn against Detroit, he went against a good football player and was really battling pretty good and then he broke his hand.”

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Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin, Will Beatty

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One Response to “New York Giants Wednesday Morning Storylines: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is Overrated?”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    This is really interesting stuff Dan. Thanks.

    I don’t think DRC is “overrated” unless anyone was foolish enough to consider him a true shutdown corner, which he really has never been. What he most definitely is, is one of the top 6-7 corners in the NFL, and a signing that was incredibly cheap at the price. I’m assuming this is the season that Prince comes of age. He has been progressing nicely each season, and can be VERY good if he is taught, or allowed, to concede less space to the receiver he’s covering. I think in those two we will have one of the best pair of outside corners in the league. Will they “shut down” Bryant, DJax, the pair of Lions’ wideouts? No, because no one will. Those guys get their catches. The best you can do is limit them and hope they don’t kill your defense on a given day. I’m optimistic that we now have a group of corners (I include Thurmond, McBride and Hosley) who can “limit” passing offenses most days. That’s about all you can ask for from that group.

    God, I hope those pundits are right that Will Beatty will bounce back. I just don’t know what evidence they have for that statement. He didn’t just get beaten because of correctable mental errors or nagging injuries or coachable issues. He was physically beaten in almost every game. Nice guy. Articulate guy. But he has to prove to me that he has the physical strength and toughness, along with sufficient quickness and technique, to both protect Eli and allow the Giants to run left successfully. He showed neither last season after giving us hope that he could do all that in 2012 at a pretty decent level. He has never been a “top 10″ left tackle, but he did play decently in 2012. If he can get back to “decent” that would be a BIG help in 2014.

    I have always liked, and still do, Mosley’s chances of becoming a player for us. There are a lot of things about the way he plays that remind me of David Diehl at his best and Rich Seubert. And I’ll take that kind of offensive lineman any time he comes along.

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