3 takeaways from Giants Media Hour (8/13)

Posted Aug 13, 2014's Dan Salomone highlights what we learned during Wednesday's player interviers

1. Colts’ Andrew Luck will provide the best test for the defense, which safety Antrel Rolle is very pleased with thus far.

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After winning their first two preseason games, the Giants will try to make it three in a row against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons, will provide a tough test for the Giants defense, especially on his home turf. Luck was 4-of-5 passing for 53 yards in the Colts’ first preseason game against the Jets (the Giants have an extra preseason game this year because of the Hall of Fame Game).

“I think Luck is an elite quarterback,” Rolle said. “He’s an outstanding young and rising star in the league. I think he possesses great tools and great poise as a quarterback. This is going to be the best test that we’ve done thus far this year with the receiver tandem they do have.”


2. WR Mario Manningham will be healthy enough to compete for a roster spot.

After spending two injury-plagued seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Manningham is back in a Giants uniform and trying to make his second stint with the team a permanent one. Until the final roster is set on Aug. 30, Manningham will compete with fellow receivers like Corey Washington and Marcus Harris, both of whom have earned notice with successful showings in training camp and preseason games. And while he doesn’t put a percentage on the health of his knee, Manningham is out there practicing, which is a good start for the seventh-year pro. “I’m comfortable,” he said. “I’m real confident in sticking my foot in the ground and going out there and just not thinking about it.”


Meanwhile, Manningham and the Giants travel this weekend to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the home of their Super Bowl XLVI victory. While it will bring up memories of Manningham’s catch that ignited the Giants’ final winning drive -- especially with former Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks now on the Colts’ sideline -- Manningham won’t talk about the past. But Rolle will. “I’ll talk about it,” Rolle said. “I’ll talk about it. I think that catch is the reason why we have a ring.”

3. The Giants have one of their most complete defensive backfields in recent memory.

Rolle wouldn’t want his current secondary any other way. Adding players like Walter Thurmond III, one of the best nickel cornerbacks in the game, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Zack Bowman in the offseason will make last year’s defensive co-captain say that.  “We have a great combo of corners,” Rolle said. “We have a great combo of safeties. I think this is one of the first times I’ve been around a complete team [defensive backfield] that can get it done at every angle as well as contribute.”