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Antrel Rolle Upset with New York Giants’ Decision to Release Charles James II

August 27th, 2014 at 4:55 PM
By Dan Benton

Antrel Rolle believes the New York Giants could have one of the best secondaries in the NFL here in 2014, but that didn't take away the sting of losing the man he refers to as his little brother — Charles James II, who was released on Tuesday as part of the team's effort to trim their roster to 75 men.

Shortly after the release was announced, Rolle took to Twitter to voice his displeasure in the decision and the way business is conducted in the NFL — something that's become a point of emphasis for players in recent years.

"In this league you witness many things. Some things you agree with and some you don't, but no matter what you have to keep fighting and keep driving to be the player you can be and the best teammate you can be," Rolle said via Instagram. "But this one hurts! Charles James has the heart of a lion and is exactly what any organization should have on their team."

It wasn't just James' positive attitude and dedication that had Rolle questioning the decision, but rather James' overall performance since the onset of the offseason. Apparently the duo had been tallying James' statistics from Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on and they were rather impressive — especially in Rolle's eyes.

"Eight interceptions in OTAs and Training Camp — I think speaks for itself. The best training camp amongst cornerbacks in my eyes, but [Tuesday] he was released," Rolle added.

Unfortunately for James and the Giants, various other injuries likely played a role in his released. With the team forced to carry Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), Geoff Schwartz (toe) and Jon Beason (PUP) among others, the team had no real choice but to release players who otherwise may not have been released.

At the end of the day (pun intended), James will find himself a job in the NFL and will eventually get a real opportunity. And if he clears waivers, it might even be at home with the New York Giants as a member of their practice squad.


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19 Responses to “Antrel Rolle Upset with New York Giants’ Decision to Release Charles James II”

  1.  Nosh.0 says:

    Ezikiel Ansah might end Will Beattys career on Monday night. If Stafford and Schwartz had any understanding of game flow they would have realized that we were not going to score, let alone convert a third down in the 2nd half of that game. That was a team that was ready to fly back to NJ at halftime. So what does the QB do? Throw a bullet behind his TE in traffic that gets deflected up and returned for a pick 6 by Will Hill.

    I know a lot of people get mad at statements like this but lets face facts, we did not beat Detroit last year. Detroit beat themselves. We converted exactly 1 first down in the entire 2nd half of that game. If all positions were created equal then I think we are better than Detroit. The problem is, all positions are not created equal. And their DL has a chance to wreck our night.

    To say I’m nervous about Ansah and Suh is would be a gross understatement.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      You’re right to be nervous, but if they can buy Eli some time their secondary is a basket case and their linebackers don’t appear to be much better.

      McAdoo needs to give Beatty some help and hope that the interior line can control Suh, which they HAVE done the last few times these teams played.

    •  James Stoll says:

      while I’ve been saying all day I put each of the first 7 games (Philly reluctantly) in the 50/50 category, anyone watching this team over the past 2 years and into this preseason has to concede that 0-7 is a very realistic possibility
      we’ve been bad, very bad, for a long time
      we had to rebuild our o-line and one of those pieces was stinking before getting hurt and Will Beatty still stinks
      we tried to upgrade our WR unit but that’s on hold whilst our No. 1 pick tries to heal
      we don’t have a TE on the roster that would start for the worst team in the league (assuming there is someone in the league worse than us)
      our QB looks ill-fitted for this offense
      we have what looks like a solid defense, but it is directed by a lousy DC who should have been fired 2 years ago
      we just traded away our promising kicker of the future for an o0ld man whose range ends around the 39

      and JPP continues to look like a one hit wonder

      there is plenty out there which can make you nervous

      on the other hand, none of the first 7, other than Philly, looks like a complete team

      if we can get a couple of W’s early, regardless of style points, maybe some players will surprise and we’ll have a chance

      but 0-7, heck, 0-16, would not surprise me after what I’ve seen these last couple of years

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Jim, I simply cannot disagree with you. Careful though such talk is frowned upon, especially about our TE situation.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Look those are players that definitely can hurt us. But we faced the same guys when they had a win their last 2 and they are in scenario but still din’t kill us. I think the Jets have a better front and we did ok. Improve some more and we should hold up fine.

      •  rlhjr says:

        The thing is Ansah and Suh may end Eli’s career on that Monday night.

        Also if Schwartz and Stafford had more game management acumen, the Giants would have been able to select either Lewan or Ebron. Talk about subtraction by way of addition.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    I think James will be added to PS. He was playing well until he muffed that punt. That muffed got into his head and has CB play fell apart. I think he still has talent and the right attitude to help us at CB.

    In reality we cut a few people that would have stayed longer like James because of our OL injuries. We need some healthy bodies to play this final preseason game.

  3.  Dirt says:

    fanfor55years says:
    August 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM
    Nice to see someone else who realizes that Kiwi is far from the bum that many here insist is the case. I think Moore should get more snaps, but they should come from Kiwi AND JPP if the latter doesn’t get going soon. Moore is certainly the future, and may even be the present, but Kiwi is a very solid player who quietly does a good job. I think Dirt is a very sophisticated fan, but when it comes to Kiwi he has blinders on at least as big as those I wore when I watched the late, lamented Gerris Wilkinson.


    My man, you are also a very sophisticated fan and I’m struggling to understand why you haven’t seen in plain view this preseason that Kiwi lacks power to push blockers around, speed to get around them or moves to simply confuse them, whereas Moore has done something that no other defender has done, and that is breathe on opposing quarterbacks.

    In fact, Kiwi has never registered a double digit sack season. Even when he started the full year, he only got to 8. Tuck last year had 11 (?) and we all said that was weak. And it was! That puts Kiwi in JAG territory as a pass rusher. Which is the tru reason why he was moved to LB. Not to “help the team fill a hole”. But to “find a place where this first rounder might produce something tangible. Because he can’t find his way into the backfield better than most scrubs. And certainly not better than Moore.

    And as I mentioned previously, I agree that JPP deserves some blame, but at least he’s made a justly deserved Pro Bowl and All Pro Team for his efforts. He at least has a chance to be a threat, whereas Kiwi does not as described in the foregoing.

    I’m not talking about the run game here, only the pass game. I haven’t paid enough attention to the run game to say whether Moore should take snaps. However, if it’s about finding sea legs early, and Moore is the future, what better time than now to make him the starter?

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I don’t think there’s any valid argument for Kiwi getting snaps over Moore on passing downs. At the very least 2nd and long and 3rd down non short yardage situations Moore should play just about every snap.

      •  Dirt says:

        Yes, and to answer your earlier post (why isn’t this getting enough talk), all I can say is that while I’m insane (posting the same thing over and over expecting different results), perhaps other posters have found this thought painfully obvious and have refrained from wasting any time talking about it.

        •  rlhjr says:

          I questioned Kiwi and Beatty for that matter from their respective first seasons.

          And strangely enough for the same reasons:

          1. Base IE leg drive strength/drive

          2. Upper body strength/power

          Those things could have made both player better than average. And how many times have I wondered why Kiwi was being used in a “monster” (Joker) position where a dynamic type of player could be used to rush the passer and give the offense different looks to deal with?

          Now the team has Moore and Kennard. Any bets on when either one of those kids get a shot at playing that type of role? Especially if Moore cant take any snaps from Kiwi at DE. Will either or both of Kennard and Moore be brought in to apply pressure on third downs? Hell no, they will put Ayres at DT and drop Kiwi to Joker.
          The kids will rot on the bench instead of being allowed to contribute in something that both spent the majority of their college day doing and doing pretty well.

          When you have a defender who you can stand up and exploit weakness along the offensive line, you have a powerful card to play. Smart defensive schemes do this routinely. Giants, not so smart.

  4.  dremac82 says:

    Is Jermichael Finley completely off the table? Is he healed up? I haven’t heard anything from or about the guy in almost a month. He’s gotta be better than what we have if he’s healthy and there is no way he’s going to get Jimmy Graham money or even half of that…

    •  BillyS says:

      I have a feeling that his injury is still scaring off teams. If he were even remotely healthy/in game shape then I think a team would have signed him to a cheap deal in order to prove himself. He hasn’t even gotten a vet minimum offer and there are teams out there (like us) that need a TE, so I would say that no team trusts what they’ve seen with the medical reports. He suffered a potential career ending injury and life altering injury so I’m not surprised he hasn’t had much love. I feel like I’m going to throw up with saying this…but I think the TE’s we have on our roster and better than Finley at this point in time.

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Only because he is a disaster waiting to happen, but he has forgot more about being a TE than any of our current guys ever knew.

      •  rlhjr says:

        The Patriots would have taken Finley if he was remotely healthy. Believe it.
        They may have unloaded Mankins anyway. They didn’t want to pay him.

    •  wduda83 says:

      He has an insurance policy that pays him $10 million (tax free) if his injury prevents him from playing football again. No them in ther right mind would offer that kind of money for his services. He will never play another down in the NFL.

  5.  William says:

    He’s a terrible owner, BUT if Daniel Snyder gets public money for a new stadium and a Super Bowl simply by changing names he will show, just like Jerry in Dallas, why they are billionaires.

    It’s also a no-brainer that, as Snyder embarks on securing partial public funding (because one of the benefits of being really rich is finding a way to get other people to pay for your stuff), he’ll need to be willing to consider trading the team name for taxpayer money and, possibly, the privilege of hosting a Super Bowl. That way, Snyder can eventually declare victory in a debate that will end either with Snyder voluntarily changing the moniker in exchange for something tangible or involuntarily losing it, without any type of compensation.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Good theory. Might be true. But the majority in DC don’t want a name change or at least that’s the feeling I get.

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