Sixth-year veteran defensive end Robert Ayers, Jr. talked about the strengths that he will add to what he believes can be a very strong defensive line. A member of the Denver Broncos last season, Ayers said that that is in the past and he fully accepts the responsibilities of being a New York Giant.
Q: What do you think that you bring to the defense?
A: I feel like I’m a guy who can help the team in a lot of ways. A lot of disposition, you can ask me to do a lot and I can go get it done. I can play the run, I can rush the passer. I played a lot of different defenses so I can learn different schemes and different positions and different roles. That’s what I think that I bring to the table. I think that’s one thing the Giants take pride in. All of the guys we have, Mathias, JPP, all of those guys can play different things, Cullen, all the guys, a lot of guys on defense are very versatile.
Q: How good do you think this group can be?
A: I think the sky’s the limit. We got a lot of guys with a lot of ability. We can do a lot of different things. I talk to (Cullen) Jenkins and (Mathias) Kiwi about it all the time. In my opinion, this is my sixth training camp and I feel like this is a very good group of undrafted guys on the D-line. I think those guys have a lot of ability. They have great size; they learn pretty well and are working hard. That’s going to be good because we’re going to be in a situation where we have a lot of guys who can play and compete so that’s a positive.
Q: Are you looking forward to playing in that stadium again. Obviously you had a bad memory last February…
A: My memory in that stadium doesn’t really affect how I feel about this season. That was last season; this is a whole different team. That’s a motivational factor for me to get back to the Super Bowl but it doesn’t really matter what stadium. I want to get there and I want to play and I want to win. I want to be a great team. I want to get back to that situation and I think this year is in Arizona and that’s all we’re thinking about, that’s all I’m thinking about; I want to win.
Q: There are a couple of you Bronco guys…
A: We’re worried about this year. We’re not a Bronco anymore. The Broncos, they can talk about that, they can think about revenge and redemption, and all of that. I’m not a Bronco anymore; I’ m a New York Giant. I’m worried about redeeming what we did last year. We were 7-9 here so I’m taking that on my back. I was 7-9 last year. That’s how I feel about it. I’m a Giant and I’m carrying the burden that they carried last year and we’re going to move forward that way and I have the same motivation that they have to get back to the playoffs and try to win it all.