NY Giants LB Keith Bulluck
After a 3 week absence Keith Bulluck looks to make his return to the field against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Bulluck last saw game action when the Giants lost to the Titans. In that game Bulluck suffered a turf toe injury; with Bulluck out of the lineup the Giants were able to post some impressive victories against the Bears and Texans. What was most impressive about those victories was the play of the defense; the Giants seem to have come into their own as the defense has settled in nicely with Perry Fewell’ defensive scheme.
Fewell has incorporated a defensive scheme that adjusts depending on the team they are playing. Against a pass happy offense the Giants run a nickel package that includes a 3rd Safety; this works out well for the Giants as they have 3 quality safeties in Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips, and Deion Grant. Against teams who run the ball the Giants will go with the traditional setup of 3 linebackers.
And that is where Bulluck comes into the picture, the Bears and Lions predominantly throw the ball so Bulluck was not necessarily missed. The time off allowed Bulluck to rest and make sure the toe was good for the stretch run. The Giants will need Bulluck as they will begin to get into the part of their schedule where they will face teams with strong running games; Redskins, Vikings and the Cowboys.
Best believe Bulluck can’t wait to get back on the field; before his knee injury he never missed a game so not playing on Sundays is something he is not used to. I expect Bulluck will look to make his presence felt against the Cowboys. With the improved play of middle linebacker Goff the overall play of the linebackers will continue be on the rise.
When asked about the Dallas Cowboys Bulluck simply said, “I will be ready to play…”
If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!
As reported by Ohm Youngmisuk (ESPN) Keith Bulluck took snaps at outside linebacker in certain packages during Monday practice. As Ohm noted Bulluck was brought into to replace Antonio Pierce in the middle; with Bulluck taking snaps at outside linebacker adds a wrinkle to linebacker situation for the Giants. I don’t believe this is alarming in any way or a sign of what type of camp Bulluck is having, as I think this is just a testament to the strong camp that Jonathan Goff is having for the Giants. If anything this is more of a statement against Clint Sintim and his play up until this point. Bulluck is a versatile linebacker that can play both the middle and outside; Sintim is trying to find his way and Coughlin comments sort of allude to that…
The head coach said Sintim played better on Saturday and praised the way he attacked the line of scrimmage.
But Coughlin said Bulluck could provide Sintim with competition at outside linebacker.
“The competitive aspect of it… the way we have gone all camp, if that creates a little bit of competition over there, then so be it,” Coughlin said. – via Ohm Youngmisuk
Bulluck saw his first game action since suffering the ACL tear and was able to make his presence known during his 6 snaps when he stuck the running back. Hopefully the number of snaps he will play will increase versus the Ravens, but all in all it was a good start. One thing for sure is that Keith will not be satisfied with just providing competition for others, as he has stated in the past he would not have put in all the rehab work if he didn’t think he could play at or near the same level before the injury. Right now the only spot amongst the linebackers solidified is Michael Boley’s; at the end of day Bulluck will definitely be the other starting linebacker. I think we will see Bulluck moved around by Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell similar to how Bulluck was used with the Titans.
When asked if he still considers Bulluck a middle linebacker, Coughlin said, “I consider him a linebacker.” – via Ohm Youngmisuk
It’s up to Sintim and Goff to see who will be the 3rd starting linebacker; if they don’t step up be prepared to see Bulluck playing both middle and outside.
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!