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Giants defensive player to watch: FS Antrel Rolle

How he beats you: The sixth-year pro leads the Giants with 77 tackles and has an interception and a forced fumble this season. With great size and athleticism, he does well against the run when used in the box and on open-field tackles. Rolle also is solid in coverage, having played cornerback his entire college career and the first half of his NFL career. “He’s a finisher,” Redskins receiver Donte Stallworth says. “He’s a guy that’s going to be flying around the ball the whole time. That’s the way he was in college, and that’s the way he is in the NFL. He’s a Pro Bowl player, so you have to know where he is the whole time.”

How to stop him: Rolle does a good job in coverage, but struggles at times when he has to change direction against speedy receivers. The Redskins receivers aim to be precise in their route-running and go after balls rather than sit back and wait for them to come, giving Rolle the opportunity to swoop in for interceptions. “You have to be on top of your routes, come back to the ball and things like that, because those guys are pretty good in transition,” Stallworth says.

Bottom line: Rolle has done well in his transition from corner to safety, and gives the Giants’ versatility in the secondary with his ability to play the run and the pass. He gives the Giants insurance deep, and at times lines up to cover slot receivers. “He seems like he’s a very confident player, very aggressive with his assignments and so he’s able to put himself in good positions,” tight end Logan Paulsen says. “He’s very sure of himself. He’s always going 100 mph.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.


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