- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Antrel Rolle has a Super Bowl ring. So does Prince Amukamara. And newcomer Walter Thurmond.

NFL veterans Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Zack Bowman, Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps and Trumaine McBride know the ropes.

Now, they all need to blend together in the New York Giants’ secondary.

Thurmond, who left the Seahawks as a free agent just weeks after winning the championship - in the Giants’ home stadium, no less - believes all of that NFL experience already has led to strong chemistry in the defensive backfield.

“That happens most on the field,” the cornerback said Wednesday of creating the kinship needed to be a winner.

“It happens in the locker room. And it happens outside the locker room with being out and becoming brothers and friends off the field. That translates on to the field.

“That bond is huge.”

It’s also critical. Fans always hear about the required cohesion on an offensive line, but it’s just as important in the secondary.

It’s also a lot more difficult to achieve with so many moving parts. Generally, there are five blockers who play nearly every down on offense. As many as eight defensive backs could be involved on defense throughout a game.

Thurmond thinks studying each other is a key, and he sees his mates in the secondary doing just that. So does Brown.

“We’re learning with each other, learning the strengths,” said Brown, a big-time playmaker in 2012 who sat out all of last season with a torn-up left knee. “It comes in the film room, in the meetings, from talking to each other. From practicing, of course, and playing.”

Brown, who figures to move back into the starting lineup opposite defensive leader Rolle at safety, needs to know what kind of coverages his cornerbacks and fellow safeties prefer.

Are they best at press coverage? Do they like to use their hands a lot, or play a trail technique? Can they tackle, especially in the open field?

The holdovers such as Rolle, Brown, Amukamara and cornerback Jayron Hosley also want to know about the appetites of the new guys.

“I think it’s just about the caliber of guys that we have here,” said Rolle, who, as Brown noted, has played everywhere in the secondary - and played each position well.

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