Many questions face the New York Giants as they head into the 2013-2014 season, but perhaps none as large as those that face their secondary. And for their leader, Antrel Rolle, he bears the full weight of them on his shoulders.
After nine seasons in the NFL, and three with Big Blue, Rolle seems to face endless criticism despite routinely playing out of position. And now, as he comes upon the decade mark, many are left wondering: what does he have left in the tank?
Well, if you were to ask him, he'd tell you he's still capable of playing at a Pro Bowl level.
"Absolutely. There's no doubt about it. There's no doubt about it," Rolle told The Record when asked if he can still play at a Pro Bowl level. "Last year I just didn't have the numbers as far as interceptions and things of that nature, but as far as just being a football player and going out there and playing the positions where I need to play, being that role player for my team and being successful at playing that position, I'd be an All-Pro. But that's not what you get measured as within this league. Teams notice it. I'm sure teams notice it. I'm sure offensive coordinators on other teams notice where Antrel's going to be at every point in time because that's just the way it is."
This isn't the first time Rolle has broached this subject, saying back in late June that he has "no doubt he can be a Pro Bowl player again." And should the Giants maintain health at defensive back — ultimately allowing Rolle to remain at safety — there's been little evidence to support an inability to do just that.
If anything, Rolle has been an often unappreciated asset to the Giants in his three years with the team, and really only needs the opportunity of consistency to prove his worth. With any luck, that will come here in 2013.
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