How Will the New York Giants use Antrel Rolle in 2012?
One of the best free agent signings that Jerry Reese has made in his time as New York Giants General Manager, has been Antrel Rolle. The Giants clearly needed help at the back end of the secondary and when Rolle became available on the free agent market, the Giants swooped in and gave him the biggest contract for a safety in the league’s history.
Rolle has been used as a safety and in nickel situations moves down to the slot to cover the slot receiver or the tight end depending on the team. Deon Grant would take his spot in the back end. Grant is now a free agent and it doesn’t seem like he’s going to be brought back. The Giants didn’t bring him back last year until the middle of training camp though with the collection of safeties the Giants have, unless there’s some sort of injury or all the rookies aren’t up to par then he could come back.
The Giants have some quality at corner with Corey Webster and the return of Terrell Thomas. Prince Amukamara is now healthy and will participate in a full training camp this year and rookie Jayron Hosley will get some time as well. Where will Rolle fit in the nickel scheme?
The answer may depend on the safties as well. How will Tyler Sash perform in his second year? Will Stevie Brown push him for that spot? Will undrafted rookies Will Hill and Janzen Jackson step in and take the spot? How Perry Fewell figures this out might be the key to defense in the upcoming season.