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Friday, August 26, 2011
Rolle to play corner?

By Ian Begley

Giants safety Antrel Rolle will shift to cornerback when the Giants are in their nickel package, he said Friday. It is unclear at this point if he will play there in the regular season.

Due to Terrell Thomas' season-ending injury and the Giants injury problems at corner in general, Rolle had been participating in a small amount of individual drills at cornerback this week and lining up against the slot receiver in the Giants' nickel package this week.

Rolle, who played cornerback at times during his five-year tenure in Arizona, welcomes the challenge.

"I don't know what to expect for the rest of the season, but as for right now that's the plan, to have me line up at the nickel position," he said. "I have no problem doing that. It's something I've been doing pretty much my entire career. It's just a matter of being on the same page at the same time with my teammates."

The Giants went with a three-safety look featuring Rolle, Kenny Phillips and Deon Grant frequently last season.

Rolle said he will lose about six pounds to give him the speed to remain in lock-step with some of the game's top receivers.

"I plan on maybe moving down from 206 to 200 pounds," Rolle said. "I feel like I play a lot quicker, matching up with the faster, quicker receivers and I feel like it'll give me a better matchup at that point. It's all a process. I haven 't thought once about not playing a position. Like I tell my coaches all the time, whatever it takes for us to win, that's what I'm all about."

Rolle said his conditioning won't be an issue, adding that he could play "six quarters" if necessary.