Rolle to Provide Much-Needed Moxie

One thing was certain about the 2009 Giants defense: the leadership was slim and none. No particular player is really to blame for that, as some guys just don't have those emotional, outspoken traits that make great leaders. Jerry Reese hopes to have helped to fill that void with his first foray into free agency 2010.

Antrel Rolle fits the typical mold of a University of Miami football player; he can sure as heck play the game – and he sure as heck doesn't mind letting everyone around him know about it.

Make no mistake, like several media outlets did right after the Rolle signing on the night of March 5, he isn't here as an insurance policy against Kenny Phillips being able to return to full health. Rolle's here to partner with Phillips and become one of the game's best safety tandems. Actually, the best, if you listen to Rolle.

When asked how good he and Phillips could be, Rolle didn't hesitate in the least: "The best in the league, hands down," he said. "I know what we're capable of and I know as a unit, what abilities we have in order to get things done. It's going to be up to us to establish that relationship and that chemistry to make sure we're on the same page and to make sure we're all one within this secondary. The sky's the limit for us. We're definitely going to go out there and make things happen."

That was just one of the countless impressive, bold statements Rolle made while being introduced to the New York media. Here's hoping there's plenty more to come – because he's already established he can back up all that tough talk on the field. And these Giants could certainly use as much of that as they can get.

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