Antrel Rolle takes Stevie Brown loss hard, vows to step up 'more than I ever have before'

Giants safety Antrel Rolle practices during team training

Giants safety Antrel Rolle practices during team training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Aug. 7, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

Antrel Rolle is still dealing with the loss of his friend.

“This goes deeper than football,” he said of teammate and wingman Stevie Brown landing on injured reserve with a torn ACL over the weekend. “It still hasn’t hit me all yet.”

Perhaps it will this afternoon when Rolle steps onto the football field and practices for the first time in two weeks – he sprained his ankle on Aug. 12 – and Brown is not there. While the Giants figure out who they can get to replace Brown in the secondary, Rolle will be addled with knowing that whoever it is will need to be helped along and covered for and, at times, pushed.

“It’s time for me to step up more than I ever have before,” he said.

Clearly he can’t play both safety positions at once, though. The leading candidate for the job is Ryan Mundy who, ironically, has spent the last two weeks replacing Rolle. Now the two of them will have to develop a chemistry in time to take the field against the Cowboys in less than two weeks.

“I’ve already developed somewhat of a chemistry with Ryan, but then again he’s a new guy on this team,” Rolle said. “It’s gonna have to happen. We’re going to have to find a way, whether it’s in a meeting room or off the field, we have to find a way to make sure we have that chemistry, make sure we have the same eyes, and more importantly make sure we have the same answer when we talk about playing the safety position.”

As for Mundy, he’s hoping to do for Stevie Brown what Stevie Brown did for Kenny Phillips last year.

“What Steve did was nothing short of outstanding,” Mundy said. “Kenny went down and he stepped in and played a major role on the defense. I’m just looking to keep it going. Like I said, I’m excited about the opportunity and am looking forward to doing whatever the team needs me to do. We’re still in the process of trying to figure out roles and responsibilities but whatever the team needs me to do to put us in the best position to win, I’m more than willing to do.”

Tags: Antrel Rolle , Stevie Brown , Kenny Phillips , Ryan Mundy , Giants

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