Is Antrel Rolle a star? A good player? An overpaid bum? Everybody seems to have an opinion when it comes to the New York Giants talkative safety. Let's look at Rolle as we continue our player-by-player breakdown of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
2012 Season In Review
Rolle had 96 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions and a forced fumble last season. His overall Pro Football Focus grade was -2.9, including -5.8 against the pass.
It is foolish, though, to simply try to gauge Rolle by tackles, interceptions and PFF grades. What he means to the Giants' defense goes far beyond numbers. Justin Tuck might be the defensive captain, but it is Rolle who has emerged as the vocal and emotional leader of that group over the past two seasons. Rolle has also, without complaint, sacrificed his own statistical glory for the betterment of the Giants by spending considerable time playing slot corner due to injuries and ineffective play by others. It may not be what he does best, but he does it adequately, and his self-less willingness to put the team in front of himself is excellent leadership by example.
Once again the Giants will try to allow Rolle to play more of a true safety position, allowing him to use his ball skills and roam more freely in the secondary trying to make disruptive plays. Will things work out that way? Entering training camp the Giants appear to have better depth at cornerback, so possibly.
Here is what I really want to know, though? What is the outlook for Rolle's hair? Every training camp he arrives with some of outrageous hair style. What will it be this time?