Last week Antrel Rolle said he could cover DeSean Jackson one-on-one if he had to. This week, he’s not saying the same thing about Larry Fitzgerald.
“Normally when people are successful against him, they double coverage him,” said Rolle, who played with Fitzgerald in Arizona for several seasons and remains close to him. “I have never seen a defensive back shut him down. I’m not saying it can’t be done, I am saying that I haven’t seen it done. We are going in with a game plan and Larry Fitzgerald is not going to be our only focus. Everyone here is aware of his talents and capabilities but we are focused on the Arizona Cardinals as a group.”
Still, Fitzgerald does present somewhat unique challenges.
“He is a big play receiver,” Aaron Ross said. “He is physical and can get off the ball and get off the jam. You may think you have blanket coverage on him and the quarterback will throw the ball to him and he will go up there and get it. The play is never over with him.”
The Giants think they can handle him, though.
“There are a lot of good receivers in the league right now, so each and every week you are going up against a top 10 receiver or top 10 quarterback,” Ross said. “Being a corner in this league you have to be prepared each week.”
“I think every receiver wants to be the best,” Corey Webster said. “Larry Fitzgerald does a great job but we can only control what we can control and that is getting better every week and doing the little things right. Hopefully we put ourselves in position to make those plays and not give up those big plays to any receiver that is known for making big plays like a Larry Fitzgerald or a DeSean Jackson. All we can control is getting out and doing what the coaches ask us to do and being in a good position when the ball is in the air and hopefully we can make a play on it.”