NEW YORK (WFAN) — Giants safety Antrel Rolle made his season debut with WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Tuesday afternoon. 2013 marks the third year that he’ll have a weekly spot with the radio duo.
As always, the two-time Pro Bowler sounded inspired and confident as he readies himself for the regular-season opener against the division-rival Cowboys on Sunday night in Arlington.
The Giants, who missed the playoffs in 2012 a year after winning the Super Bowl, took a major hit to their secondary when safety Stevie Brown tore the ACL in his left knee against the Jets on August 24. He’ll miss the remainder of the season.
Many are doubting whether the Giants will be able to consistently defend the pass, but Rolle has faith in the unit.
“First and foremost, losing Stevie Brown was a tremendous hit to our secondary,” the 30-year-old told Joe & Evan. “It hurts us each and every day, but we’re going to go out there, we’re going to play for him and we’re going to make sure we hold it down without him. Right now I’m extremely confident in our secondary. I think the guys have definitely excelled over this preseason, I think we’ve worked together extremely well.
“The chemistry is awesome, the communication is awesome and the only thing left for us to do is to go out there and make plays on Sunday.”
The University of Miami alum sprained his ankle last month, but he insists that he’s feeling great as he begins his fourth season with Big Blue.
“Everything is behind me,” Rolle told the co-hosts. “I’m in tip-top shape. The ankle is doing excellent and I’m ready to go, looking forward to this weekend. Initially, when I injured it, I must admit I think it was the worst feeling I’d ever felt … ever, dealing with any injury. Just because I heard the pop, and then the fact that my ankle was shaking so much and I couldn’t control it. I didn’t know what was going on.”
Determined to return to the postseason — and the Super Bowl — after a disappointing campaign, the former first-round pick said that there is definitely added incentive to get back to the big game with Super Bowl XLVIII being held at MetLife Stadium.
“Absolutely,” Rolle said. “I can’t speak for others, but for myself, absolutely. That’s home. This is our house, and we protect our house, and that’s just the way it goes. Do we deserve to be there? Only time will tell at the end of the season. If we go out there and play consistently and play the way I know we know how to play as a team, then absolutely, we’ll be there without a doubt.”
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