Some experts criticize Antrel Rolle for being a better quote than he is a defensive back.
While there is some merit to critiquing Rolle’s coverage ability in a traditional safety role, I’ve always enjoyed the way he functioned within the defense when New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell threw his fairly successful three-safety subpackages on the field. This allowed Rolle to be exposed for his coverage issues less and cause carnage in the box more, which is where he excels most.
Rolle’s reportedly quick recovery and probable availability for Week 1 is critical for this reason, and also because the Giants secondary is thin as is, with the team hoping to finally have a healthy cornerback-safety hybrid in Terrell Thomas. Apparently Rolle’s even ditched the boot and the sprained ankle seems much better.
“The boot is for the wimps, man,” said Rolle, via the team website. “I’m not a wimp. I’m just taking it as it goes. The first day was obviously the worst and I’ve been grinding ‘til about three in the morning since it’s happened. … I don’t know what everyone else’s expectations are, but if I can play (Week 1) I’m going to go. It doesn’t matter if it’s this week, doesn’t matter if it’s next week, doesn’t matter if it’s Week 1. I’ve never been the kind of guy that is going to milk an injury.”
The only question is whether the “milk injury” comment was a glancing blow at the New York Jets‘ Santonio Holmes. I wouldn’t put that kind of savvy trash talk past Rolle, and him being off the field would mean less of it, which is bad for everyone.