The New Giants suffered a bit of a scare yesterday during practice when strong safety Antrel Rolle went down with an ankle injury. Rolle would be later diagnosed with an ankle sprain and will be out of the Giants' starting lineup indefinitely.
Rolle has been a crucial part of the Giants' defense since he came over from the Arizona Cardinals during the 2010 season. His ability to play the run and make big time defensive plays has made him a player the Giants can ill afford to lose.
Now the Giants must find a replacement for Rolle for the time being and look for one of their backups to fill his spot. One of those players is safety Ryan Mundy. Mundy, a six year player out of West Virginia University, signed as a free agent with the Giants this past offseason after playing his previous five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "This is a role I am very familiar with," Mundy on the opportunity to step in for Rolle. "My time in Pittsburgh, my five year there I was a primary backup to Troy(Polamalu) and Ryan(Clark), this role that I know how to function in." Mundy who has been primarily a backup his whole career in the NFL and understands the shoe he needs to fill in with Rolle out with his injury. Mundy is in his first year with the Giants and needs time to fully grasp the nuances of the playbook.
"It's a work in progress," Mundy said on his ability to pick up on the Giants defense playbook. "Everyday I'm in here working hard trying to better my understanding of the defense and it's an exciting process."
As Mundy familiarizes himself with the playbook and his teammates, the veteran safety applauded the Giants' organization.
"Everyone has been very helpful from the coaches to the teammates and I think I have a pretty good grasp but not where I want to be yet," explained Munday. All those reasons are why Mundy chose to sign with the Giants this past off season.
"This is one of the first class organizations in the NFL very similar to the way Pittsburgh does things and when I came here on my visit I just had a great feeling," explained Mundy. "The people here are awesome and from the outside looking in you can see the track record of the wins and success that Coach Coughlin has had here and it was exciting for me to have an opportunity to come here."
Besides Mundy, the Giants will give cornerback Aaron Ross an opportunity who this past offseason re-signed with the Giants. Third year player Tyler Sash and rookie Cooper Taylor are also in the running.