New York Giants' safety Antrel Rolle appeared on WFAN radio Monday in what turned out, not surprisingly with Rolle involved, to be a very interesting interview. It didn't hurt that co-hosting with Ryan Ruocco Monday was Giants' punter Steve Weatherford.
Weatherford asked Rolle to discuss a players-only meeting the Giants held on Monday as they kicked off preparations for their season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
"I feel like that was the best thing we could have done to kick off this 2013 season.I think that did wonders for me. The attitude and the inspiration, the stories you heard from the different guys. It's definitely an eye-opener.
"We displayed what it took for the younger guys to understand this is what you need to do and this is your mindset in order for us to be a Super Bowl-caliber team."
Rolle also admitted that, coming off an ankle injury, there were many people telling him he should not play in the Giants' final preseason game. Rolle, of course, played anyway.
"I don't worry about the money. I don't care about the injuries. I just care about if I can fight go out there and fight," Rolle said. "I kill myself to get back on the field because I think it means something. More importantly I think it does wonders for our team if everyone just fights through.
"This game is bigger than yourself. If it was just for me, if it was just my concern for my money or the well-being of my family I wouldn't have went out there. There's no way in heck I would have ever gone out there. But this game is bigger than me."
Jason Pierre-Paul Uncertain About Sunday
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is back to practice with the Giants following back surgery and coach Tom Coughlin indicated that Pierre-Paul looks good, saying "There’s no pads on and he’s coming like he’s got them on. So that’s a good sign."
Pierre-Paul, however, remains uncertain about playing against Dallas.
"I don't know," Pierre-Paul said Monday. "It all depends if I can take on a double team, if I'm ready for that. It's only been the first day so we'll see how it goes. We have a whole week ahead of us."
Coughlin Talks About Carr-Painter Choice -- Again
One of the most interesting roster decisions the Giants made was ousting incumbent backup quarterback David Carr in favor of Curtis Painter. Coughlin was asked on Monday to explain what went into that choice.
"What we saw was he did make, I thought, more of the throws down the field. He did have a couple of opportunities where he brought the team down the field, with the Jet game, the field goal. They were close. They were very close, but that's the decision we made," Coughlin said. "I thought it was a very objective one. There were a bunch of parties involved in that. As you can imagine, pro personnel, Jerry Reese, myself, his position coach, his coordinator, so we hope we made the right call."
Giants Interested In Beanie Wells?
This report came from Art Stapleton.
Hearing #NYG have some interest in former Cardinals RB Beanie Wells. Not sure if he has been in for workout yet, but a name to watch— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) September 2, 2013
Wells, 25, gained 1,047 yards for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. He played in only eight games last season. Wells has a 4.0 yards per carry average in four seasons.
The Giants could use an additional running back, at least while Andre Brown is shelved. Keep in mind teams often wait until after Week 1 to sign veteran players due to the salary cap implications.
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