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Rolle to become the leader presence the Giants Defense needs

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:37 pm

This is an interesting article from The Fifth Down Blog

Giants and Rolle Have Leadership in Mind
He is an outstanding person who will bring leadership, versatility and more big play ability to our secondary. General Manager Jerry Reese

The Jets acquired a talented defensive back, Antonio Cromartie, they hope will straighten out as a person.

The Giants acquired a talented defensive back, Antrel Rolle, they expect will become a team leader.

Rolle also expects it. He said he was ecstatic about joining the Giants, and was looking forward to filling the leadership void left by Antonio Pierce.

Excerpts from a conference call today, via The Associated Press:

I dont want someone to make me a leader. That will come natural. But its part of who I am and the type of player I am. Im extremely motivated to make the Giants defense strong again. Its a team that isnt that far removed from a Super Bowl. I know a couple things went wrong last season, but if leadership comes in to play, Im looking forward to that role.

On Kenny Phillips, who is trying to recover from a serious knee injury: I know Kenny quite well. I know hes a first-class guy, a standup guy. Hes a dynamic athlete and I know we can be the best pair of safeties in the league. Were going to push each other and be a dynamic duo.

Ive been talking with Kenny a lot over the last month or so to get a feel of things. It wasnt just about football, but life in general.

I know hes working hard, rehabbing that injury. Once hes back, hes never going to leave my side. We desperately need him. He played a big part of the reason why Im here.

Giants Coach Tom Coughlin on Rolle: Of course, hes a Pro Bowl player. He has outstanding range and athleticism. You can see the intangibles that he brings to the table in terms of his communication skills and his energy. Hes one of those upbeat guys that you really do enjoy being around. And hes very talented.

More on Rolle:
Ralph Vacchiano, The Daily News:

The Cardinals still wanted Rolle back and made a late run at re-signing him right after they lost linebacker Karlos Dansby, who earlier signed a five-year, $43 million contract with Miami. In fact, one report said the Cardinals matched the offer, but Rolle chose the Giants anyway.
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