Rolle talks JPP, Cruz, RG3 and Cowboys

June, 5, 2013
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Antrel Rolle is looking forward to getting a healthy and 100 percent Jason Pierre-Paul back.

Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery on Tuesday after laboring with back pain.

"I called [our agent] Drew Rosenhaus to get updated with Jason Pierre-Paul’s injury," Rolle said on NFL Network. "I am just glad he is getting it taken care of now because 80 percent of JPP is better than a lot of people at 100 percent in this league. To get him at 100 percent, he is definitely going to play off the charts and I am eagerly anticipating him getting back with us."

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Debby Wong/USA TODAY SportsAntrel Rolle is looking forward to playing with a healthy Jason Pierre-Paul this season.
Rolle also discussed a variety of subjects that included the absence of Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks from voluntary OTAs. Cruz has been trying to work out a long-term extension. Nicks, who is entering the final year of his contract, has missed the last two voluntary OTAs.

"I am just hoping it is not really that serious," Rolle said about the contract situations of both receivers. "I am just hoping that this process doesn’t string out too long. And hopefully we get those guys with us sooner than later because they are two of our biggest playmakers."

Speaking of playmakers, Rolle was asked about facing Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III again once the speedy quarterback returns from knee surgery.

"I am not so eager to see this guy," Rolle said. "He is not the kind of guy where you are like, 'I want to go play this guy.'"

"I am going to let him take his time, get his rehab, I want him 100 percent," Rolle later added. "I don’t want him 70 percent, I don’t want him 80 percent, I want him 100 percent.”

Another player Rolle will have to face twice a year now is good friend and former teammate Kenny Phillips, who signed with Philadelphia.

"For Kenny to go over there, I tell him every day I hate him," Rolle joked. "Words can’t explain right now how much I hate this guy right now. You know I love him to death. [Phillips is] my little brother to the end.”

The Giants, though, first have to worry about the Dallas Cowboys, who host the Giants in the season opener.

"Always a great rivalry and you are always going to get a great game out of those guys," Rolle said. "The Dallas Cowboys are a good team. I think maybe they are missing a couple of pieces to the puzzle. But I don’t think the pieces they are missing are actually the players. They are always contenders. They are always right there in the mix and I am looking forward to meeting those guys twice a year."

Rolle later clarified his comments about the Cowboys on Twitter, tweeting, "My response about the Dallas Cowboys was not directed towards the coach or the play calling. I blame myself becuz I guess I left it open."

"I was simply saying that everything seems to be in place for them but somehow they always fall up a game short of playoff bound! #clarity," Rolle said in another tweet.

Rolle added in a third tweet: "Bottom line is no matter who says what the game still has to be played! Let the games begin becuz I am ready. It's in our backyard say no mo."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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