New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle spoke to the media earlier this week and answered several questions about what Big Blue need to do defensively to adjust to several factors affecting the team at this moment. Some of the questions thrown Rolle’s way were related to the offense’s mediocre production so far this preseason, the strict rules changes the league’s officiating has put on certain contact between players, and how cornerback Prince Amukamara's injury status after being helped off the field Saturday night in Indianapolis.
When asked about his comments made Saturday night about how the defense needs to improve, Rolle said that in the preseason you must improve each week, no matter how well or poorly you play.
“I think in all phases of the game. You always need to get better each week, no matter how you perform, good or bad. I don’t think we performed poorly; I just don’t think we executed at certain times," Rolle said.
He also addressed concern about the defense not getting off the field at times where perhaps they could have.
“I don’t think we got off the field when we should have, in particular on third downs. That’s why it’s preseason. You work to get better and work to gel together and fix all the mistakes that you possibly can before the season starts," he added.
Like many other defensive backs league-wide, Rolle was also asked about how the new rules changes pertaining to making contact with receivers will affect his or any defensive player’s techniques.
"Right now there is a very, very fine line as to what they will allow and what they won't allow, you just have to work it" Rolle said, adding that until somebody is called, they won't know how far they can push it. "You just have to go out there and play technique and trust the guy beside you."
Rolle admits that the new rules will take some getting used to and his technique will eventually change because of it. However, he added that has done nothing so far to change his style of play when it comes to the new rules.
"For me personally, I haven’t done anything at all to make the adjustment. I feel like they’re going to call what they’re going to call and whatever I get away with, I’ll get away it. I’m not going to let it alter my game at all. If they happen to make the call, we live, we line up and play again," he said.
Lastly, Antrel was asked about the prospects of the Giants newly tuned secondary with the additions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Zack Bowman, as well as the return of safety Stevie Brown. When asked if he felt that the team is better prepared this year with the depth at the cornerback position, he replied, "Absolutely." These questions were raised in response to Prince Amukamura's recovery from a groin injury suffered in Saturday night's game in Indianapolis.
Rolle admitted that he wasn't sure about Prince's injury in full detail and is unsure if he will miss any playing time because of it. However, Rolle is interested in seeing who at the cornerback position can step up and "be that dominant guy" in case anyone misses any playing time.
"Hopefully he’ll be back with us in no time," Rolle said. "Prince is doing a phenomenal job here in camp and throughout the course of this preseason, so hopefully it’s minor. I really don’t know what’s going on. I think the depth we have at the cornerback position is awesome and guys are competing each and every day, fighting for those spots. May the best man win."
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