How good can the New York Giants secondary be? Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie says it can be "real good," and says one of the reasons is slot corner Walter Thurmond.
"We can be real good with the leadership ability that we have and then especially with Walt [Thurmond III] coming over and being a true student of the game, and understanding that he is teaching us a lot as a group," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "It seems like he was born for that [slot corner]. If you look at the practices and games, every time he is in the game you hear coach saying, ‘Look at Walt. Walt is doing this and that.' He fits there and he understands the game. He plays hard."
Thurmond made one terrific play during Tuesday's practice, blanketing Rueben Randle and knocking away a potential touchdown pass in the back of the end zone. Thurmond playfully let Randle know about it, too.
Speaking of trash talk, Rodgers-Cromartie says he is perfectly willing to participate -- just not to start it.
"I don't say too much. I just play the game. Don't get me wrong now, I trash talk. I get in you, but for the most part I am just going to chill. That is just me," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "[The opposing player] has to start it. I am not just going to come out and say it. If you catch a ball, and you know how [receivers] do that [signaling for a first down] and all that celebration, I am not with all that. I am already mad you caught it, so doing that is going to bring more out of me. It is easy to get me going, and when I get going, I'm going."
"I think you just know that we have good receivers, we have good players. We have running backs who can run the ball and catch it out of the backfield, so I think you see what we’re able to accomplish at practice and some of the plays we’re making. It’s just a matter of having confidence and trust in the system and fully trusting that it’s going to give us an opportunity to get guys open and the guys are going to be able to do their jobs and win those individual battles. ...
"I think you have to have the trust before it works. You can’t have doubts. We have to play better. Offensively we have to, as I talked about earlier, just get in a rhythm. Start calling plays and making things happen. I think sometimes you try to always make everything perfect and maybe thinking too much. Hey, let’s run the plays and make the best decisions depending on what the defense is."
-- Eli Manning on the team's new offense