For Rogers-Cromartie, it must be the shoes

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie doesn’t have just football on his mind, but also the decision of what pair of his cleats best matches his mood for the day. In a recent interview, the veteran defensive back talks about how his cleats play an important role for him on the field and how he calls himself a “baiting cornerback”.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie won’t just be bringing his football skills to the field in his first season playing for the Giants, but also his fashion sense.

In a recent interview, much of the chatter was surrounding the player’s extensive superhero cleat collection. Each of his six pairs is worn depending on what kind of mood he is in for that day.

“Some days if we are playing a lot of man to man, I tend to put on the faster superheroes because that’s a day I feel like we’ll have to do a lot of running,” noted the Giants’ prized free agent acquisition. “It just depends on my mood, you can tell by what kind of cleats I have on what kind of day it’s going to be”.

However quirky the CB’s cleat choice may be, it must be working for him. Last season, Rodgers-Cromartie recorded three interceptions while playing for the Broncos and has a total of 19 career interceptions since 2008.

Not only does his shoe game help him on the field, but also his ability in baiting the quarterback and more importantly, knowing the right time to do it.

“That is a part of my game only on deeper routes like on a post or something I let you get a step or two in front of me depending on who it is. You can’t do that with everybody”.

Something to watch this season will be the paralleled dynamic between Brown and Rolle with Rodgers-Cromartie, all who share the same style of play.

“You tend to see some things and when you look at Antrel and you look at Stevie and you let them know you’re probably going to take it and you use that speed to cover hash to hash, so you know he’s going to cover deep so you can take more chances,” said Rodgers-Cromartie.

After the success of making it to the Super Bowl last season with the Broncos, Rodgers-Cromartie still has his eye on the big prize with the Giants. “You put everyone’s mind together and go from there,” noted the veteran cornerback. “I think I can make it better for a team atmosphere as far as learning how to go out there and do the right thing”.

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