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New York Giants’ Stevie Brown on Starting Safety Position: “It’s My Spot to Keep”

July 15th, 2013 at 12:30 PM
By Paul Tierney

Evaluating the talent of prospective NFL players is far from an exact science. JaMarcus Russell was supposed to be the savior of the Oakland Raiders organization as a No. 1 draft pick and Victor Cruz was hardly on the radar for any New York Giants fan as a rookie out of UMass. Heading into last season, Stevie Brown was not expected to make a significant impact with the likes of Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips, Tyler Sash and even Will Hill lining the teams depth chart.

But at times in 2012, Brown was the lone bright spot on a defense that struggled mightily in coverage. His eight interceptions led the team, and he also displayed an ability to make plays against the run at the line of scrimmage. Admittedly, Brown still has a lot to learn about how to play safety in the NFL. Last season was a great start though.

"Now I have to field questions about ‘Can you do it again?’ " Brown told the Star-Ledger. "They want to know, ‘Will you have 10 picks? Will you go to the Pro Bowl?’ It’s definitely a different atmosphere now when I’m around."

The Giants can not reasonably expect Stevie Brown to emerge as a Pro Bowl candidate this season. He has the potential to do so, but asking him to repeat last year's performance, statistically speaking, is entirely unrealistic. What the team can hope for, is a player who understands the defense, is always where is is supposed to be on the field and is athletic enough to cover wide receivers and tight ends over the middle.

If those things happen, the interceptions may or may not follow. But regardless, the Giants defense will improve in pass defense and it will allow the pass rush more time to get to the quarterback. Getting to the quarterback is how the Giants excel on defense, and if Brown can help the team accomplish that task, he's a valuable asset in the defensive backfield.

Brown said he plans on holding onto the starting safety role this season.

"I look at it as my spot," Brown said."It’s my spot to keep."

With Ryan Mundy, Will Hill and even Cooper Taylor on the roster, Brown is going to have to fight for his starting job in training camp. He's currently the favorite to win it, but anything can happen between now and the start of the regular season.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon


Tags: Antrel Rolle, Cooper Taylor, Football, Kenny Phillips, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Oakland, Oakland Raiders, Ryan Mundy, Stevie Brown, Victor Cruz, Will Hill

5 Responses to “New York Giants’ Stevie Brown on Starting Safety Position: “It’s My Spot to Keep””

  1.  jfunk says:

    GOAT56 says:
    July 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM
    I don’t understand the view that this should be view as Eli’s last best chance.

    Because all this speculation about the 2014 and 2015 teams being “better” than this team requires a great number of unknowns to workout for the best in order for it to become true.

    As fans, saying “yeah this 2013 team looks OK, but just wait to see how good it looks in 2015″ could be setting yourself up for huge disappointment. The quality of this team is being overlooked in favor of a hypothetical “dream team” on which all holes have been filled.

    The 2014 Giants could easily be without Hakeem Nicks, Andre Brown, Antrel Rolle, and Justin Tuck. Throw in an injury to David Wilson that slows him down to mere mortal speed and say Ruben Randle turns out to be just an average X receiver. Suddenly it won’t matter how many home runs JR hits at LB between now and then. That team may be good enough too, but it could also easily be worse than the 2013 team.

    All I’m saying is, don’t be too quick to look to next year. We’ve got a really talented team right now, one that should be good enough on offense to carry the team. Don’t overlook it just because you think it could be better 20 theoretical perfect transactions and a lot of injury luck from now.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I’m not overlooking this team. I just don’t view the window is closing because we will have some roster turnover. I’m excited about this year. I think this is the best offense we have fielded in the Eli era. My concerns are on defense but I think the defense can surprise. The DL stops the run and the offense allows us to play from the lead our pass rush to have an influence.

      Of course you try to win now and shouldn’t wait my point is that is just that the future looks good as well. Really as long as we have Eli we have a chance. And JR has always surrounded him with enough talent. This is the golden age of Giant football. That age ends when Eli retires not at the end of 2013.

      •  JimStoll says:

        picking up from the last thread, the two big ?’s on this team are O-Line and overall defense; but of the 2 defense is the biggest concern
        Fewel’s defenses are incredibly soft, don’t get off the field, surrender time of possession, and can get beat equally badly by the run or pass, by bad quarterbacks and good
        although my cyber-friend, FF55, will forever see the untapped potential in every unit and every player, until we see improved production we can only assume that what we’ve seen of late is what we’ll likely see again.
        Our LB’r corps has not visibly improved; our best LB’r over the past 3 years (Boley) is gone; our second best (Kiwi) is returning to his natural position; and our signal caller (Blackburn) has departed. They’ve been replaced with a couple of guys whose great college careers have not translated into great pro careers, and our young guys (Herzlich, Williams and Paysinger) have yet to prove they are anything other than JAG’s).
        Our DT situation is only marginally more promising at the moment We’ve brought in the Eagles’ cast-offs; we’re still hoping a very old and over-weight Rogers has something to offer; we’re banking on Joseph bouncing back from a lackluster 2012 campaign; and we are projecting production out of our no. 2 draft pick which would seem to be at odds with Coughlin’s general approach, as well as the college-to-pro transitional difficulty the position presents.
        Then there is the secondary. We all question Stevie Brown given his poor coverage skills displayed last season. Will Hill is a second year so we need to see if he develops. Hosely is still developing. TT likely won’t make it back — at least the odds are against him.
        In other words, there is a frightening combination of weak defensive philosophy married to sub-par talent. This translates into Eli needing to steer the offense to 30+ points per game, which is difficult to do if the O-Line is inconsistent.

        •  giankees says:

          @jimstoll i agree with you on def except dt is vastly improved. Jenkins and is there with linvall joseph and now they have a 1st rd talent in hankens. They also have rogers or patterson im sure both wont make the team but both have had success and maybe one of them holds up. Rogers was due to make the team last yr till the injury. Tuck and kiwi one one side and jpp on the other side im pretty comfortable with the def line overall. I think reese saw that as the week link that made running against us easy and made the lbs and dbs suffer. As far as lb we have no idea, it does look like we have athletes there but most are a crap shoot. Im feeling good aboutvthe offensive line for some reason. I think pugh makes a difference and hopefully injuries are cleared up from last yr cause we definitely have the home run hitters all over the offense.

    •  giankees says:

      I think the speculation that we will be better next yr is due to replacing tuck, snee, rolle and webster for cap reasons freeing up a lot of cash and drafting another ol db and de. But in order to replace these guys with talent it will cost us a lot too. Expecting the draft to just plug in great talent in those positions you have to get lucky. I think there are some key positions with proven vets that have won sbs. Tuck webster rolle and snee can play big parts on this team and if they play well it puts us in a good position his yr. We will worry about next year, next yr

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