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DB Rolle, Giants ready to show some more fight

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DB Rolle, Giants ready to show some more fight

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Antrel Rolle wants the New York Giants to start being a little nastier, and not just the defense.

The veteran safety who tends to be the team's most outspoken player said Wednesday that the Giants (7-5) need to start showing the tenacity of one of those nasty dogs who is not out to make any friends.

``I don't think we have played dominant on a consistent basis,'' Rolle said Wednesday. ``I think we can definitely go out there and have a little more dog in our system. Attack a lot more, be more physical at the point of attack and make plays when the opportunity presents itself.''

The Giants have done that only twice this season, and both came in games against teams that are leading their divisions They dominated San Francisco, 26-3, in mid-October, and made Green Bay look ordinary two weeks ago en route to a 38-10 win.

The rest of the season has been a series of ups and downs. The most recent was of the latter variety, a 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins Monday. The Giants shot themselves in the foot with nine penalties, and a failure to get a defensive stop late.

As such, the season has come down to four games for the defending Super Bowl champions. And now is the time to pick it up despite holding a one-game lead over Washington (6-6) and Dallas (6-6) in the NFC East.

The stretch run starts Sunday at MetLife Stadium against New Orleans (5-7), a desperate team that likely needs to win out to make the postseason.

Rolle not only wants to see the Giants be more physical, he wants them to play with an attitude - the same kind of style they used last season in finishing with a six-game winning streak.

``This game is just as much mental as it is physical,'' Rolle said. ``You got to give yourself an edge. You can't go in there, you know, praising this team, praising that team. You've already somewhat defeated yourself at that point.''

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said Rolle is right on the mark, and that the defense has to step up.

``I think we're a little soft, but I think we'll get there,'' he said. ``We haven't played our best game this year. I know that for a fact.''

Pierre-Paul would not say specifically how the defense was soft, other than repeating the best is still to come.

``As a defense, we have to make a statement,'' he said. ``We haven't made a statement ever since, I'll say, San Francisco. Well, I'm lying, because we did beat up on Green Bay quite a little bit. But, ever since then, we haven't made a statement. We've just been losing. And we're all not playing together. When you're a team, on an organization like this, you've got to play together as one.

``Otherwise, you'll keep going downhill.''

The third-year player, slowed by a sore back last week, said everyone just needs to work harder, and listen to the coaches. Especially with the Saints coming to town. New Orleans is not what it used to be, clearly. But the Saints handled the Giants, 49-24, last season. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has posted four wins in four games vs. the Giants, as well.

But New York knows one thing. Brees won't scramble as much as Washington's Robert Griffin III did on Monday.

``The Redskins got a great scheme going on there, especially with their QB. Playing that option, man, is crazy,'' Pierre-Paul said. ``I think we're one of the best teams that have played it, played it well. But it's a pain. I hate playing it. So, now going up to a traditional offense, we know what we're going to probably get, and it's much easier.

``Having an option quarterback, coming from college, and the kid's fast, man. I'm getting old, you know? It should be much easier this weekend.''

Not sure Brees feels the same way. Combined, he threw for eight touchdowns - with no interceptions - in lopsided wins over New York in 2009 and 2011.

``I have all the confidence in the world in this team. And I am sure other players here feel the same way,'' Rolle said. ``We just need to go out there and have that same confidence in ourselves when we take the field, which we do. But we need to go out there and prove it. Talk is cheap.

``We have to go out and play the game.''

Rolle laughed when asked what breed of dog the Giants needed to be.

``All dogs bite,'' he said. ``Just need to go out there and play ball. That's it. Save the hugs and kisses for after the game.''

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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.

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Wizards working out Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo another sign the two sides m

Wizards working out Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo another sign the two sides m

The University of Kentucky was well-represented at the Wizards' first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena, as All-Star point guard John Wall sat courtside to watch a young player who could join him next season in Washington.

The Wizards hosted Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo just days after interviewing him at the NBA Combine in Chicago, Ill., another sign the 19-year-old is a legitimate option for their second round pick, set for 44th overall in next month's draft.

Diallo, who is originally from Queens, NY., said he is friends with Wall, as the two have crossed paths due to the Kentucky connection. 

"I feel like he knows what I'm capable of," Diallo said.

He now hopes the Wizards front office understands what he can do. Diallo is a defensive-minded wing who measured 6-foot-6 (with shoes) at the combine and with a 7-foot wingspan. He had the fifth-best max vertical leap at the combine, coming in at 40.5 inches. He was also the 12th-ranked player in the class of 2017 out of high school.

The measurables and pedigree are impressive, but Diallo's potential has yet to be realized. He didn't play a game despite attending Kentucky in the 2016-17 academic year. He tested the NBA Draft waters last summer before returning to Kentucky to average a modest 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds.

Diallo has already worked out for the Chicago Bulls and will meet with plenty more teams, but is currently projected by most mock drafts to be a second round pick. This time he hired an agent and will definitely be making the leap.

"It feels good this year going through it with both feet in. It's been a great process," he said.

The Wizards like Diallo's defensive ability, his speed and awareness in the open floor and his potential to improve as a shooter. Diallo shot 33.8 percent from three on 2.1 attempts per game in the 2017-18 season.

"I hope to show my athleticism and how that plays a big part on the defensive end," Diallo said of his goals in pre-draft workouts.

"[The Wizards] are a team that wants to play fast and they have a fast point guard that needs players to keep up with him. That's what I tried to show in this workout, to show how fast I can play and show how composed I can play."

If the Wizards deem Diallo worth taking a chance on, he would provide a nice fit positionally. Though their second round pick could spend much of next season in the G-League, Diallo plays shooting guard and they have a need behind starter Bradley Beal. 

The Wizards see Tomas Satoransky as a possibility at backup shooting guard and Jodie Meeks is expected to return next season on a player option. But those guys were on the roster in 2017-18 and couldn't fill the void behind Beal, who logged more minutes than all but three players in the league.

Diallo played at a big-time program and has the athleticism to compete at the NBA level early on. He could help a team improve long-term at guarding the perimeter, an area the Wizards have made strides in but still have a ways to go. That was seen in their playoff series against the Raptors when Toronto averaged 11.0 threes made per game and shot 41 percent.

Though it's early in the draft workout process, the Wizards have made it clear they are interested in Diallo.

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