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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie should help make the Giants secondary an elite unit in 2014.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s $35 million contract was easily the largest deal handed out by the Giants this offseason. There is definitely some sense behind these dollars, though.
In recent years, New York has been known as a team that can make big plays in the passing game and generate a healthy pass rush on opposing quarterbacks.
Last season saw the script change.
Big Blue had an average passing attack that was bogged down by a porous offensive line and plenty of interceptions. In addition, they only mustered 34 sacks, which placed them near the bottom of the league in this category, as they finished tied for 25th.
In short, the Giants were missing an identity, and it was a big reason why they posted a losing record for the first time since 2004. The Rodgers-Cromartie signing, along with the signing and re-signing of numerous other secondary contributors, has afforded New York exceptional talent and depth at both cornerback and safety.
The unit is now the undisputed strength of this team, and it should be what they’re known for in 2014.
Along with Rolle, Rodgers-Cromartie figures to be a leader on this unit. The 28-year-old had an exceptional 2013 season as a member of the AFC Champion Denver Broncos. Some of the highlights were a 13 PFF rating, which ranked him fifth among cornerbacks in the league, and a stingy 44.1 percent completion rate against, which was second only to his new teammate Trumaine McBride.
When Rodgers-Cromartie signed with Big Blue, the team suddenly had an identity again. In 2014, they should feature a top defense with a secondary that even the league’s best quarterbacks will find difficult to beat.
For this reason, the signing of DRC is the single best move the Giants made in the offseason. The team and its fans can only hope he provides the right style of play to lead the Giants back to the playoffs and possibly another deep postseason run.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com and Pro Football Focus. Contract information courtesy of Spotrac.
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