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NFL Network Ranks New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle as No. 3 “Dynamic” Safety in NFL

July 17th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle was the team's lone Pro Bowl representative a season ago, and rightfully so. The defensive captain has continued to make strides each and every year since joining Big Blue, and despite entering his 10th season in the league, Rolle is really just scratching the surface of his talent ceiling. That has finally been recognized by a league expert, as Rolle was recently ranked the No. 3 overall safety in the league by NFL Network's Bucky Brooks.

3) Antrel Rolle, New York Giants: The cagey veteran remains one of the top playmakers in the game despite entering his 10th season in the league. In fact, Rolle is fresh off his best professional campaign. As a former cornerback, he's comfortable manning up against tight ends and receivers in the slot, but he's also adept at patrolling the deep middle. His versatility allows defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to use him in a variety of roles in the Giants' sub-packages to keep quarterbacks guessing in the pocket. Rolle is a proven playmaker with a knack for picking off passes (23 career interceptions, including six in 2013) and creating disruption on the second level. He's an ideal Swiss army knife to counter the versatile offenses setting the pace in today's NFL.

Giants secondary coach Dave Merritt recently shared similar sentiments, praising Rolle for continuing to work hard in effort to become not only a better player, but a better leader in Big Blue's locker-room.

"Antrel is now starting to understand, he’s starting to develop as a safety. He was a corner, as we all know … now all of a sudden he’s a safety and he’s now starting to understand the position more so than ever," Merritt said. "The last two years it’s all coming together for him and he’s feeling more comfortable.

"With Antrel’s ability to continue to learn and grow he hasn’t, in my opinion, hasn’t scratched [the surface of] his ability as a safety yet. Last year as a glimpse of what Antrel could actually become. Just imagine if he had started that maybe eight years before at the position," Merritt added. "Again, the first couple of years you all know we played him at nickel, we played him at bison, we played him at corner, we played him at safety and now he’s able to just play strictly safety and it’s coming together for him well."

The only two safeties ranked higher than Rolle on NFL Network's list were Eric Berry (Kansas City Chiefs) and Earl Thomas (Seattle Seahawks), who were ranked No. 2 and No. 1 respectively.

No other safeties from the NFC East cracked the Top 10.

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7 Responses to “NFL Network Ranks New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle as No. 3 “Dynamic” Safety in NFL”

  1.  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

    Rolle= No 1 in many ways

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    It does make me think about the firmer #25. Rolle might be #2 as far as indispensable players go for us.

  3.  ERICHONIUS says:

    Likely this is Rolle’s last year with the team. He is 31 years old, has been quoted saying he wants a 4 year extension, and given he makes 7 mill per year it is unlikely that JR will be willing to tie up that kind of money in a older safety.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    These ranking by the pundits are just as idiotic when they’re good as when they’re bad, but #3 seems about right (though a good argument can be made that he’s #1).

    I think he should be, and will be, signed to another contract by us. He’s VERY good, THE team leader, and has had no drop off in his play. Give him the four years with a cap-friendly start and a payoff for past services after the last year.

  5.  kujo says:

    I think #3 is perfect, because the two guys ahead of him Berry and Thomas– could very well wind up in Canton. Rolle really is great, though, and could be in for a career season if our sudden wealth of quality cornerbacks finally allows him to focus on the safety position without having to play nickelback for extended stretches. Add to it the fact that he is the unequivocal defensive captain, and second only to Eli in terms of overall leadership of the team, and you’ve got the absolute BEST free agency acquisition of Reese’s tenure.

    Dude should never play another down with any other team.

    •  rlhjr says:

      And that’s a rap…………….+100

      •  kujo says:

        How’s it going, man? Haven’t been around here lately, whatwith the pregnancy and all. You been holding it down and keeping FF55′s knobgobbling at bay?

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