Antrel Rolle says Giants' defense will stay nasty

Antrel Rolle celebrates his fumble recovery during a Antrel Rolle celebrates his fumble recovery during a game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 9, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Now that the Giants have their dog, Antrel Rolle says it's not going back on the leash.

The safety who last week sparked the team to be nastier and backed up those words with strong play against the Saints, was back on the radio Tuesday for his weekly WFAN spot. Rolle said the Giants have no intention of letting up after finding their ferocity.

"We have our foot on the pedal now and we're not going to let it off,'' he said of the Giants' attitude as they prepare to visit the 11-2 Falcons. "The dogs will be out hunting come Sunday.''

Rolle said when he spoke last week, disappointed in the way the Giants fawned over upcoming opponents and calling on the team to be nastier, he was directing those comments toward the whole team, including himself.

"I just said I could be playing more physical, more dominant as a player,'' Rolle said this week. He had a hand in three of the Giants' turnovers.

Osi: Giants are the best

Osi Umenyiora concedes that the Patriots are playing the best football in the NFL right now, but he stopped short of calling them the best team.

"When the Giants are playing our best, there's no question we're the best team in football,'' he said Tuesday in a radio interview on ESPN New York.

"We've just been inconsistent. So if we can play the way we're capable of playing, the way we played against San Francisco and against Green Bay, the way we played against the Saints for the majority of the game, I don't think there's a team that's better than us at all.''


SBU's Fenaroli let go

The Giants terminated the practice-squad contract of Stony Brook University product Paul Fenaroli, a guard who was added last week. Guard Levy Adcock replaced him.

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