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Ross V. Rouse?

It could come to this. Two Aaron’s with practically the same last name, amid a field of Johnson’s no less… could be fighting for a starting safety spot that has been arguably vacant since Kenny Phillips was placed on injured reserve in week 3.

According to The Blue Screen, Ross has been working out with the team and looking fresh but instead of simply lining up at cornerback he’s been moved over to a safety-like position – perhaps due to the shortage of playmakers at that position.

Ross said:

“I can play safety. I don’t know if I’m going to or not, but I can.

The way we played nickel (under Spags) is something like safety… It’s sort of the same concept. It’s just a different title.”

But ultimately for the Giants, the “safety” position has been a problem area most highlighted by the play of CC Brown who was finally benched after a 6 week starting role due to poor play in the last 4 of 6 starts. Aaron Rouse who was acquired from the Green Bay Packers, and who has been limited since he was signed after week 3 saw his first start at safety last week against the Chargers and was largely effective. But he was perhaps only effective because the ball was never thrown within 10 yards of him. Call it what you will, but it’s hard to consider Rouse a playmaker when he went untested for the entire duration of his first start as a Giant.

Aaron Ross, who has been back at practice and according to beat writers has been looking sharp all week, had been going full speed in his game day gear, expecting to start somewhere for the Giants Defense. Today he was moved to safety for several snaps where it seems Coach Coughlin wants to find out how the ailing Giants secondary can best be fortified. Coughlin admits Aaron Ross is a cornerback first, and when pressed as to the probability whether Ross would go in at safety, he said:

“Not at this point in time. But you never know.”

Let’s not count anything or anyone out with this secondary. If the Giants need a spark at safety — no options should be left off the table.


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2 Responses to “Ross V. Rouse?”

  1. CMH says:

    It seems so obvious- play him! Thomas is kind of a hybrid S/ CB any way so who cares if you play 3 corners and 1 S? Also hoping for a big contribution from Canty this week. If he can help the interior guys shut down the run, we can turn Osi, Tuck and Kiwi loose to rush Ryan.

  2. Jesse Cassel says:

    i say put him at saftey, Thomas hasnt been horrible againtst the pass but its hard to stick on a guy with out help in the long range. Ross can help there, he was great as a nickle and even he said that its a similar position in the giants defence. kenny philips is gone they need an impact saftey that can get some I-N-Ts and cover the exterior. In my opinion it would be a good move putting Ross in a safty position

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