On a team that is 2-11, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is finding himself having to mentor and guide a young New York Giants team that has been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks. It is a role, the Giants cornerback said, that he is well suited for.
Rodgers-Cromartie signed with the Giants in 2014, the 31-year old cornerback having played with three other teams prior to his five-year deal in New York. He had some rough spells in his previous stops before putting on Giants blue, something he can now draw on now as a veteran on this team.
In light of Sunday’s incident involving Eli Apple’s tweets, Rodgers-Cromartie remembers his own maturing process.
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“At some point, you are going to get it. That’s why I’m trying to get the guys, that’s my main thing now. Being the older man, trying to get to the younger guys and tell them, man, you might not be fortunate enough to do it my way,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I was fortunate that I had enough on film for a guy to take a chance on me. But for the most part, it doesn’t always work like that. You don’t really get that second chance like that. I learned through a hard experience and I don’t want nobody to go through that.”
Saying that Apple “for the most part he gets it,” Rodgers-Cromartie’s personal relationship with his fellow cornerback. He doesn’t seem concerned by any of the questions swirling around Apple at this time.
“I can’t speak for other guys, but me personally, he’s cool with me because I understand. I used to be that guy, you feel me? When you’re going through something, sometimes you don’t know really how to act out so you act a certain way and I get that,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “It just takes somebody to hone in and make you feel loved. The other opponent is, it’s a profession and you have guys in here that are professionals and strictly about their business. So if it seems like a guy is not doing what he’s asked to do, he kind of rubs them the wrong way. I just understand it.”