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Player Profile: Antrel Rolle

Heading into the 2010 season, Antrel Rolle knew things would be different. He’d be leaving the team he began his career with, the Arizona Cardinals, to head to the Big Apple and play in New York. He was excited to play with fellow Miami Hurricane Kenny Phillips and help restore a Giants’ secondary that struggled in 2009. The season began rocky for Rolle, who criticized Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin for his week two preparation against the Colts on the road. He wasn’t happy that the team arrived so early for the game, citing that as one of the main reasons the team got blown out that game. Later that season, when the Giants struggled at home, Rolle compared booing the team to booing solders coming home from war. Things began to settle down for the outspoken Rolle. While he struggled at times with the deep ball, he was by far the most consistent player in the Giants secondary this season. He racked up 85 tackles and intercepted a pass. In his first season as a Giant, he played pretty well. However, the outspoken Rolle once again took a jab at his Head Coach this off-season, saying he was “to tight” and needed to “loosen up.” He later went on to say he’d like to play for a coach like Rex Ryan. Many Giants came to the defense of Tom Coughlin and it seems Rolle finally understands he’ll need to do things the “Giant” way in order to remain with the Giants.

He signed one of the largest contracts in NFL history for a safety, a whopping $37 million over five years.  Rolle will have to continue to get better in Perry Fewell’s defense in order to live up to that contract. Not bad so far, though.

Can Antrel Rolle live up to his 5-year, $37 million contract with the Giants?

2011 Season Out-Look: Rolle has to continue getting used to Perry Fewell’s scheme and being used in the box. At times, Rolle was very effective inside the box stuffing the run and making plays. However he also got beat deep to many times. The secondary in general needs to improve in order for the Giants’ to be contenders. With Kenny Phillips now two season removed from major knee issues, he should be much more explosive allowing Rolle to take more chances and make more play’s on the ball, too. Look for the Giants to draft either an S or CB this draft, which could take pressure off of Phillips and Rolle as well.


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