Darian Thompson has been waiting all summer for his first interception of the preseason. On Saturday he thought he had it.
Then Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie came flying in front of him.
The cornerback tried to make a leaping pick on a ball that was floating right toward the hands of Thompson in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against the Bills. Instead he essentially broke up the pass and it fell incomplete.
“He said when I see the ball in the air it’s: ‘See ball, get ball,’ ” Thompson said of DRC’s explanation, which he seemed to accept. “I’m the same thing. I’m pretty sure sometime this season he’ll be waiting on an interception and I’ll come in there and knock it out.”
It was a similar play to last year when the Giants played the Patriots and Rodgers-Cromartie was lining up an interception of Tom Brady that would have sealed a victory. Instead rookie Landon Collins leaped in front of DRC on that play, dropped the pass, and the Patriots were able to score the game-winning points. Possibly that decision to wait on the ball rather than attack it and overrule a rookie was in Rodgers-Cromartie’s mind when he skied in front of Thompson.
Or maybe not. Maybe he’s just competitive and wanted the pick ahead of Thompson.
“Got to, man,” he said of being aggressive on the play. “It’s him or me, man.”