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Antrel Rolle: Rodgers-Cromartie needs to show how good he can be

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The Giants took wide receiver Odell Beckham with the 12th pick in Thursday night’s first round, bringing the receiving corps some help after a rough 2013 season.

On Friday, though, safety Antrel Rolle wanted to talk about a player who joined the team earlier in the offseason. Rolle said he thinks cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who signed with the Giants as a free agent, has the ability to be “one of the best corners in the NFL” and challenged his former Cardinals teammate to reach that level in 2014.

“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 said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “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.”

Rodgers-Cromartie has been in the NFL for six seasons and missed four games over that time, making for a pretty good book on him at this point in his career. It’s rare that a player who has played one way for six years suddenly eliminates the flaws in his game in Year Seven, so we may have already seen how good he can be at the NFL level.

And that should be enough to make the Giants defense better, although it certainly wouldn’t hurt if the Giants found some pass rush help in the next couple of days that puts less pressure on Rodgers-Cromartie, Rolle and the rest of the defensive backs.

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10 Responses to “Antrel Rolle: Rodgers-Cromartie needs to show how good he can be”
  1. charmcitychampions says: May 9, 2014 2:15 PM

    He’s a bum. Won’t ever live up to his ability.

  2. roadtrip3500 says: May 9, 2014 2:32 PM

    One thing Antrel Rolle has shown in his tenure with the Giants… he is not afraid to let teammates know what he expects of them. That kind of leadership and demand may be what DRC needs to shed his slacker reputation.

  3. jmc8888 says: May 9, 2014 2:38 PM

    He’s got many good qualities and one really bad one.

    Tackling. Or two if you include the lack of a strong tackler’s mindset.

    There’s a reason why teams like to run towards DRC’s side.

  4. swaggyy says: May 9, 2014 2:52 PM

    He’s not even a top 15 corner. Never will be

  5. onearmsteven says: May 9, 2014 3:10 PM

    antrel rolle has one good season and thinks he’s the best thing ever

  6. td30 says: May 9, 2014 3:18 PM

    he’s a clear #1 CB in terms of coverage

    but peyton manning might be a better tackler than DRC

  7. kd75 says: May 9, 2014 3:42 PM

    Probably won’t have Will Hill around for much longer.

  8. kingcarlbanks says: May 9, 2014 4:14 PM

    Antrel is balling while you sit behind a keyboard and knock him, so silence. DRC is an upgrade over Webster and Ross, and as a whole the Giants secondary looks way better. Now about that Dline..

  9. logicailvoicesays says: May 9, 2014 4:38 PM

    Another year of praying for the Giants. With some luck, they won’t finish in last place. They still can’t dream of competing with the Redskins, but they’ll get to watch RG3 hoist the Lomardi Trophy this season. HTTR.

  10. blu4l1fe says: May 9, 2014 11:00 PM

    Ain’t nobody tryin to compete with the skins, they got last place locked down!

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