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Antrel Rolle believes Prince Amukamara improved as player after losing virginity

Prince-Amukamara-GiantsNew York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara is off to a great start to the 2014 season. With two interceptions in four games, the 25-year-old is finally starting to show why the G-Men took him in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. His elevated level of play could simply be a result of experience and growth, but teammate Antrel Rolle believes some things that have happened off the field could be the key to Prince’s success.

Rolle told reporters earlier this week that Amukamara has been showing more “swagger” since he lost his virginity.

“There are a lot of things different about Prince. For one, he’s married, so he’s (enjoying some things that he wasn’t experiencing before he’s married),” Rolle said, according to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. “For a man, that could definitely help him out. For a man … I’m just being honest … it’s helping him out. He walks around with a little more swagger, which is something that we need, which is something that we love.”

Amukamara, a devout Catholic, revealed in an interview last year that he was a virgin who was saving himself for marriage. He also admitted he has never had a sip of alcohol in his life and compared himself to everyone’s favorite Christian football player.

“I think it all ties into one another, as far as him getting married, being able to [have sex],” Rolle added. “He’s just developing more as a man and accepting challenges and being the dominant player that we need him to be that we know he’s capable of.”

There’s also a chance Amukamara has become more comfortable with life in the NFL. If you remember, Prince seemed distraught a couple of years ago that his Giants teammates were still pulling hazing stunts like this on him when he was no longer a rookie.

Whatever the case, Amukamara seems to have found his way.

Antrel Rolle furious over snub ‘This Pro Bowl s— is a joke’

Antrel RolleThe Pro Bowl rosters were announced on Friday evening, and New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle is ticked off that he didn’t make the cut.

Rolle immediately went to his Twitter account and fired off a couple of angry tweets:

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Rolle is right and has an excellent case for making the team. He has 93 tackles, two sacks and six interceptions this season. His interceptions place him second in the league, and his tackles rank him highly for a defensive back. But Rolle will have plenty of company; nobody else from the Giants made the Pro Bowl.

Rolle has made it twice during his career.

Antrel Rolle: Jonathan Martin is a ‘grown-ass man,’ just as much to blame as Richie Incognito

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New York Giants defensive back Antrel Rolle has never been shy about speaking his mind. As expected, he had an animated opinion on Tuesday when asked about the situation going on between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Just don’t expect many people to agree with it.

While many have blasted Incognito for allegedly hurling racial slurs at Martin and threatening to kill him, Rolle said he feels Martin is just as much to blame for the incident since he did not stick up for himself.

“Was Richie Incognito wrong? Absolutely. I think the other guy is just as much to blame because he’s allowed this to happen,” Rolle said on his weekly WFAN appearance, via Ebenezer Samuel of the NY Daily News. “This football league is not built of men who try to bully other men. You’re a grown-ass man. You should be able to stand up for yourself.”

Some would argue that Rolle’s opinion highlights one of the main issues the NFL has with its culture. Rather than simply ripping Incognito for taking the concept of harassment and rookie hazing too far, Rolle decided to blame the victim. Based on Rolle’s standards, all NFL players should be macho enough to stand up for themselves.

“Something like that would never ever happen to myself, because I would never allow it,” Rolle added. “At this level, you’re a man.”

Rolle also noted that hazing is “acceptable” as long as it is not taken to a personal level, which I think most would agree with. Giving a rookie an embarrassing haircut or forcing him to carry shoulder pads is one thing. Harassing him, using racial slurs, insulting his family and threatening him is an entirely different concept. Martin is not less of a man for reaching his boiling point, despite what Rolle and others may believe.

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Antrel Rolle: New York Giants need to blow someone’s a– out

Antrel RolleThe New York Giants are officially playing for pride. All of the teams in the NFC East have struggled through the early part of the season, but a team with an 0-6 record and the type of injuries across the offensive front that New York has typically doesn’t make the playoffs. Despite that, the Giants have a legitimate chance to grab their first win of the season against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.

Antrel Rolle still believes his team is capable of dominating an opponent. During his weekly interview with WFAN on Tuesday, the veteran defensive back said the G-Men need to stop trying to keep games close.

“This is my fourth year being a part of the Giants and what we do is we lead,” Rolle said, via the NY Daily News. “Let’s not let that be our mindset that we have to hang in there for dear life at the end of every game and make it so close.

“Go out there and you blow their ass out early. Put them in a panic mode. Put their backs up against the wall.”

I highly doubt it is New York’s attention to keep the score close. The biggest issue has been Eli Manning’s tendency to throw the ball to the opposition, which has put the Giants’ defense in compromising positions. Manning’s protection has also been horrendous.

“We’re capable of doing it as a team,” Rolle added. “We’re that dynamic as a team, despite what our record show, that we can go out there and blow teams out. And I know that we can. But like I say, talk is cheap. You’ve got to go out there and play the game.”

Rolle, who previously urged his teammates to get their heads out of their asses, was also asked if he agreed with teammate Terrell Thomas’ assertion that some people in the Giants locker room do not care about winning.

“I don’t know if guys don’t care,” Rolle said. “I know that there’s guys that show it and express it way more than others. That’s something that I’m certain of. Whether they care or not, they’re here, and they’re in this locker room and they’re part of this team. They should care.”

If the Giants want to salvage any type of dignity this season, they’ll have to care. Winning becomes even tougher when your playoff hopes disappear this early on.

Antrel Rolle: We have to get our heads out of our a–es

Antrel RolleThe New York Giants dropped to 0-5 on the season after losing at home to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday 36-21. Quarterback Eli Manning threw away the game with turnovers on three straight possessions in the fourth quarter. It was a disaster.

Defensive back Antrel Rolle, who said during the week that he believed the Giants could turn around their season and win 12 games in a row, spoke bluntly after the game.

“We’ve got to get our heads out of our asses,” Rolle said, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

Vacchiano also says team owner John Mara was looking furious in the locker room following the game and had no comment.

I’m actually surprised by this. The Giants sure seemed like a mess in their 38-0 loss to Carolina and 31-7 defeat at Kansas City, but I thought they’d turn it around at home this weekend and get their first win of the season. I was wrong. And what the heck happened to Eli? I thought you couldn’t spell Elite without him?

Antrel Rolle thinks New York Giants can go 12-0

Antrel RolleThe New York Giants are 0-4 and look like a disaster, but Antrel Rolle hasn’t given up hope on the season. In fact, the Giants defensive back believes the team can turn it around by running the table.

Rolle spoke after Tom Coughlin during the team’s meeting on Monday, and that’s when he told his teammates he believed they could still go 12-4.

“I believe we can go 12-0 from this point on, I truly believe that,” Rolle said Monday, via the Star Ledger. “People may look at me like I’m crazy but I couldn’t really give a damn at this point. That’s what I believe. I know the talent of this team, I know the mindset of this team. We just have to go out there and put it all together.”

Although Rolle’s comments sound ridiculous to outsiders, I absolutely love them. When you’re in an 0-4 hole and had your potato pounded by a combined 69-7 in the last two games, it’s easy to give up and pack it in. But Rolle still has confidence, and that’s what it takes to turn it around. Are you going to tell me they can’t get on the board with a home win over Philly this weekend?

I don’t think the Giants are going to go anything better than 8-8 if they can even pull that off, but I won’t knock Rolle’s mentality. I think it’s admirable. And between Rolle’s comments and Justin Tuck’s, it’s clear the Giants aren’t giving up yet.

H/T LBS tipster David

Antrel Rolle rips New York Giants for unwillingness to fight for each other

Antrel RolleThe New York Giants suffered one of their most embarrassing losses in franchise history against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Eli Manning and company strung together just 150 total yards of offense en route to a 38-0 loss. Defensive back Antrel Rolle plans to do everything he can to make sure it ends there.

On Tuesday, the nine-year veteran said he “never” wants to know what a humiliating loss like that feels like again. He said he intends to be more aggressive on and off the field.

“That feeling that I felt last Sunday, I can never have that feeling again,” Rolle said, via the NY Daily News. “I’m gonna do whatever it takes, anything it takes. And whatever the outcome is, it is what it is.”

Rolle has always been one of the most outspoken players in the Giants locker room. He called teammates out a couple years back for not practicing through injuries and has guaranteed victory and said his team can’t be beat on many different occasions. This week, however, he was singing a different tune.

“From this point on, I don’t care what the situation may be, I don’t care what the outcome is,” Rolle said. “I don’t care what the hell has to happen. If they want to kick me up from around here, from the New York Giants, then that’s gonna be what has to happen. But I’m gonna play Antrel Rolle ball the way I know how to play Antrel Rolle ball, and I’m gonna lead the way I know how to lead.”

The former Miami Hurricane added that everyone has been getting along just fine in the locker room, but that none of that matters unless they show some fight on Sundays.

“I think we need to do some serious soul-searching within the locker room and try to understand and try to form an identity of who we’re gonna be, for one,” he said. “Do we still love to play this game? That’s No. 2. And third of all: Are we going to fight like hell to get out of the situation that we’re in?”

Unfortunately, the Giants may have already dug themselves into too deep of a hole. They’re off to an 0-3 start with a road game upcoming this week against the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs, followed by a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles and another road contest against the Chicago Bears. A 1-5 start is a legitimate possibility for New York.

H/T LBS tipster David