The Giants’ secondary played quite well last year, but that didn’t stop the team from spending money in free agency on the unit. Walter Thurmond was brought in from the Super Bowl champion Seahawks and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was lured away from the AFC champion Broncos in an attempt to make a strong part of the team even stronger.
Safety and defensive captain Antrel Rolle is excited to start working with the revamped secondary.
“We have guys that are hungry and guys that want to compete,” said Rolle. “More importantly we have a couple guys that can push those other guys and that makes it much better. We just want to go out there and compete.”
Of course, the Giants didn’t just work on the secondary during the offseason. The front office used cap space and draft picks to add veterans and rookies alike to the offensive line, running back corps, and defensive front. Rolle thinks the squad has a lot of potential.
“I think this is one of the most talented teams I have ever been on,” he said. “It’s almost to a point where you have to hold yourself back. It’s just the first day of training camp. All of the guys are excited and were trying to get out there and see what we can put together.”
Even the most talented teams, however, can falter if they don’t learn how to play together. As a veteran of nine NFL seasons, Rolle knows how important it is to build team chemistry during training camp.
“Our goal right now is to play together as a team,” admitted Rolle. “Once we do that, everything else is going to take care of itself. Win or lose. It really doesn’t matter at this point. Our main focus right now at training camp is to practice smart and practice fast.”