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Rolle Aims to Hold Francisco at Bay
The Cardinals, however, disagreed. They needed a cornerback desperately, so they took Rolle with the eighth overall pick.
Rolle wasn't a bust at cornerback, especially considering he missed most of his rookie season with a knee injury. But he never looked comfortable there, either.
He had trouble backpedaling and looked stiff in transition. He played with poor technique his first two years and was called for an inordinate of amount of holding and interference penalties.
He lost the starting job to Roderick Hood in preseason, but to Rolle's credit, he didn't pout. He worked hard to improve and turned in an impressive season as the nickel back.
Rolle returned three interceptions for touchdowns and was exceptional in covering slot receivers. Coaches think many of those skills will translate to the free safety spot. At that position, Rolle will be able to see plays develop in front of him and break on the ball.
He's also a good tackler in the open field, so he should be an upgrade over Terrence Holt.
Rolle likely will compete with Aaron Francisco for the starting job. Francisco is physical and a fierce hitter, so the two should have one of the most intriguing battles in training camp.
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