With the biggest news this week in Giants’ camp being the ankle injury to Antrel Rolle, it could pave the way for offseason-acquisition Ryan Mundy to have his presence felt.
The steady safety played his first four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and had mixed results in the process. In four years, Mundy accumulated 91 tackles, eight pass deflections and just one interception.
Mundy isn’t the flashiest player, and will sometimes get lost in coverage, but he has experience, and now with a chance to shine while Rolle sits, Mundy is excited about the opportunity.
“Every day I’m in here working hard, trying to better my understanding of the defense and it’s an exciting process,” Mundy told reporters. “You know everyone has been very helpful from the coaches to the teammates and I think I have a pretty good grasp, but it’s not where I want to be yet.”
Mundy also has experience subbing in for other quality safeties, as he often had to play in Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark’s absence in Pittsburgh. He knows the time is now to step up.
“I’m not sure of the timetable of Antrel’s return, but this is a road that I’m very familiar with from my time at Pittsburgh, my five years there,” said Mundy. “I was a primary backup to Troy (Polamalu) and Ryan (Clark), so this is a role that I know how to function in and I know how to prepare for.”
While the signing of Mundy in the offseason was not met with much fanfare, the signing proved to be vital, as behind Rolle and Stevie Brown, the Giants are not that deep at safety and are trotting out a lot of names (Tyler Sash, Cooper Taylor, David Caldwell, Alonzo Tweedy and eventually Will Hill) to compete for a spot on the roster this summer. So, Mundy will have to perform well if he is to make any impact this year.
Mundy knows that his bread and butter is his physicality and the fact that he is a big hitter.
“I do have a reputation for hitting people; you know my time in Pittsburgh I did whatever was asked of me,” Mundy said. “If Troy was out of the game, then I was playing strong safety. If Ryan Clark was out of the game, then I was playing free safety, and you know that’s just been my whole approach to be a professional, whatever I need to do to help the team out, I’m more than willing to do.”
If Mundy is to show this team anything, it starts with him doing a solid job in replace of Rolle.