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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Big Blue Morning: Rolle on 'Team Rice'

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle will play for Jerry Rice's team Sunday in what could be the final Pro Bowl ever. Rolle was "assigned" to Team Rice in Wednesday night's Pro Bowl draft, which I think means he was the only safety left after all others were picked and Rice's team needed a safety. I think that's what it means, but I didn't stay up for the whole thing and I didn't see Rolle get picked. Kevin Seifert reviewed the first-ever Pro Bowl draft here, and I agree with him. It was something of a tough watch.

Anyway, the "starting" safeties for Team Rice are San Francisco's Eric Reid and Buffalo's Jairus Byrd, with Rolle on the bench behind them. If Rolle intercepts a pass, it'll be from one of the Team Deion Sanders quarterbacks -- Andrew Luck, Cam Newton or Nick Foles. Rolle is, of course, the only Giants player in this year's Pro Bowl.

In Giants news closer to home, the team named former Vikings quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson as its new running backs coach. Don't get caught up in titles. A coach is a coach is a coach, and if this is a guy the Giants like, he should have no trouble coaching running backs instead of quarterbacks. Now, the Giants just need to get him some running backs to coach. One spot remains open on the coaching staff now, and it's the tight ends coach position vacated last week by the firing of Mike Pope, who joined the Dallas Cowboys' staff Wednesday in the same role.