Aaron Ross, Giants keying on Cam Newton

In his second stint with the New York Giants, cornerback Aaron Ross talked about the importance of containing Cam Newton in advance of Sunday's battle with the Carolina Panthers.

Despite not playing a single snap last Sunday against the Denver Broncos, New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross is ready at the drop of a hat to make an impact on game day.

"I don't know what the role is, but I'm prepared to go in and help the team make plays," said Ross. "If my number is not called I'll be part of the supporting cast, but if my number is called I'll be ready to go out there and ball."

The Giants have their hands full this week opposing an agile and powerful Cam Newton who is a dual-threat at the quarterback position. Ross understands the importance of his unit staying disciplined with its assignments on Sunday.

"He can break the line of defense and he's running the same type of speed the secondary is running," said Ross. "His legs are definitely a weapon."

Like the Giants, the Panthers are 0-2 and chomping at the bit to get of the snide. Carolina's offense hasn't exactly lit up the scoreboard the first two weeks of the year, but Ross has a healthy respect for Newton ability to singlehandedly shred a defense.

"Now he's definitely looking downfield to see if he can hit an open receiver, but a lot of teams like to play two man on him and that allows defenders to turn their back on him and he can hit you for like a 15 or 30 yard run," said Ross. "He's looking to pass first, but if it's not open he can always depend on his legs."

Big Blue's pass-rush will have to be in full force and wreaking havoc on Newton, while containing him in the pocket. While it's no easy task to keep the former top overall pick in the 2010 draft at bay, the Giants have the horses on their defensive line to get the job done.

"We have a really good defensive line," noted Ross. "Our number one job is to shut down their receivers and let that defensive line just hunt. We're very confident that JPP, Tuck and all those guys can get after them and contain him from making those 30 yard runs on us."


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