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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Rolle vows Witten won't have 18 catches

By Ohm Youngmisuk

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Antrel Rolle vowed that Jason Witten will not torch the New York Giants defense for 18 receptions again.

The last time the Giants faced Witten, Tony Romo's favorite tight end had 18 catches for 167 yards -- an NFL record for a tight end -- during the Giants' 29-24 victory in Dallas on Oct. 28.

"Witten is definitely one of their key weapons," Rolle said. "But as far as focusing on Witten (defensively), he has done that one time since I have been here, had that miraculous game like that.

"He hurt us that game, that is not going to happen again," Rolle continued. "I can assure that he will not have 17, 18 catches, that is not going to happen."

In the Giants' season opening loss to Dallas last year, Witten only had two catches for 10 yards but was coming back from a lacerated spleen injury suffered during the preseason.

In 2011, Witten had a total of 10 receptions for 81 yards in two games against the Giants. In 2010, Witten had nine catches for 95 yards and one touchdown in one meeting against the Giants but just one reception for seven yards in a second meeting. But during one game in 2009, Witten had 14 catches for 156 yards against the Giants.

Needless to say, the Giants will have to try to take Witten and wide receiver Dez Bryant away from Romo on Sunday night. The Giants could try to put a linebacker like Jacquian Williams or use a defensive back like Rolle, Aaron Ross or Terrell Thomas on Witten.

Rolle said Thomas has been working on several different roles in practice. The veteran cornerback has seen snaps in the preseason against slot receivers and is a possible option for the Giants at safety if the team needs an extra safety.

"I made a joke about him the other day, I called him little 'Trel," Rolle said of Thomas. "He is playing so many positions and has so many roles he needs to learn. If anyone can handle it, it will be Terrell. We have depth at each and every position and we have the right guys here."