Antrel Rolle may play cornerback for Prince Amukamara (hamstring)

Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants celebrates Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants celebrates his fumble recovery against the New Orleans Saints with teammate Prince Amukamara. (Dec. 9, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Antrel Rolle could have another new job come Sunday.

The safety who has become the Giants' nickelback in the slot in recent weeks might be asked to become a dedicated cornerback if Prince Amukamara is unable to play against the Falcons. Amukamara suffered a hamstring strain late in the Saints win and did not practice Wednesday. When asked if Rolle might be a candidate to take over that job in Amukamara's absence, Tom Coughlin smiled.

"Maybe," he said.

Rolle was a first-round pick of the Cardinals as a cornerback, so he has experience. Against the Falcons' wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, plus tight end Tony Gonzalez, the Giants will need all of the defensive backs they can get. The Giants are thin at safety with Kenny Phillips (knee) and Tyler Sash (hamstring) not practicing Wednesday, but Will Hill and the return of athletic linebacker Jacquian Williams could free Rolle up to play some corner.

 

Tuck: Birds have brains

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Eleven months after saying some people might call them dirt bags, Justin Tuck has a new adjective for the Falcons' offensive linemen: Smart.

Tuck maintains that he never called them dirt bags when the two teams readied for a playoff game in January. He just said some people might call them that, a quibble in voice he's stood by since first making those remarks. On Wednesday, he noted that there were no words exchanged between he and his opponents over those comments during the Giants' 24-2 drubbing.

"I think they read the whole quote and saw that never did I call them a dirtbag," Tuck said. "Smart guys down in Atlanta."

Giant steps

Victor Cruz leads NFC receivers in Pro Bowl voting and trails only A.J. Green of the Bengals in votes throughout the entire league . . . LB Michael Boley (back) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back) did not practice. Neither did WR Hakeem Nicks (knee). "We're probably going to have to slow down a little bit, not do much with him," Coughlin said. "Maybe bring him in a little bit as we move along (this week)." . . . S Stevie Brown, who leads the Giants with seven interceptions, was added to the Pro Bowl ballot by the NFL . . . Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) did not practice.

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