Does Antrel's role hurt run 'D'?

November, 13, 2011
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Due to injuries in the Giants’ secondary, safety Antrel Rolle has been forced to play corner in Perry Fewell’s nickel package.

Fewell acknowledged that having Rolle in that role has hindered the Giants run defense, which ranks 24th in the league in yards allowed per game (127.1).

“Antrel is playing a different role, no play on words, for us this year,” Fewell said. “It has affected our run fits and how we do some things, but it’s essentially a role that he played in a package that we had a year ago. He was very successful at it and we were very successful in the run game. It has affected it just a little bit.”

If and when rookie corner Prince Amukamara returns, he is expected to spell Rolle at nickel corner. That would allow Rolle to move to his natural position of safety in that package.

And maybe that helps the Giants, who are allowing 4.6 yards per rushing attempt, the 25th highest total in the NFL.

Fewell took solace in the fact that the Giants allowed 106 rushing yards in last Sunday’s win over New England. He hopes they can build off that performance against Frank Gore, whose 782 rushing yards are the fifth highest total in the NFL.

“Sometimes we don’t do a good job of tackling. Sometimes we don’t do a good job of playing together as a unit,” Fewell said. “I thought we played much better as a unit last week. When we do that, then we’re able to stop the run and stop the pass.”

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