A Closer Look at the New York Giants Secondary
Meet the New York Giants Secondary
The New York Giants have pumped some steroids into their secondary this offseason by re-signing Stevie Brown and adding Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The secondary was solid in 2013 but now looks like it could potentially be the strongest area of the defense, if not the entire team. Here's a closer look at the players who will play the biggest roles in the New York secondary in 2014.
Antrel Rolle is the defense's anchor. He is a team captain and a 2013 Pro Bowler. Rolle led the team last season with 98 tackles and was tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions. Rolle's leadership is vital for the Giants and he is never afraid to voice his opinion. Rolle wasn't himself early on in the 2013 season but he was able to turn it on and breathe some life back into a Giants team that was on death's doorstep after a 0-6 start.
Will Hill was New York's breakout star in the 2013 season. After serving a four-game suspension, Hill immediately earned a starting spot and helped revive the Giants' defense. He is a big hitter and also very disruptive along the line of scrimmage. Hill could be a big part of the defense moving forward as long as he can stay out of trouble off the field.
Stevie Brown missed the entire 2013 season after tearing his ACL in the preseason. However, in 2012, Brown emerged as a ball hawk in the secondary with eight interceptions. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell likes to roll with a three-safety look, so don't be surprised if Rolle, Hill and Brown are all on the field together in big spots.
The Giants made their biggest splash of the 2014 offseason by scooping up Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. In the absence of Champ Bailey last season, Rodgers-Cromartie stepped up and helped carry Denver's secondary to the Super Bowl. Rodgers-Cromartie will be New York's No. 1 cornerback, immediately taking on a major role in the Giants defense.
Prince Amukamara has improved each and every year he's been in the league after really struggling as a rookie. Now he looks to be a very solid No. 2 cornerback for the Giants. Amukamara is a sound tackler and reliable in coverage. He should benefit from the arrival of Rodgers-Cromartie, now that there's a lot less pressure on Amukamara as the Giants' No. 2 corner.
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