Keith Bulluck was brought in as the heir apparent to Antonio Pierce's old job in the middle.
But on Monday, Bulluck took snaps at outside linebacker in certain packages. Bulluck had been working at middle linebacker with the second team but now the Giants were using him some at outside linebacker.
Since linebacker Chase Blackburn suffered an MCL injury last week against the Jets, the Giants have played musical chairs with their linebackers at times as head coach Tom Coughlin said he wanted his linebackers to learn different positions.
But Bulluck seeing some snaps at outside linebacker impacts both Jonathan Goff and Clint Sintim and opens up questions as to who will start at middle linebacker and outside linebacker alongside starter Michael Boley.
Coughlin said not to read into anything but he did suggest that competition for Sintim wouldn't be a bad thing.
“He was outside and inside,” Coughlin said of why Bulluck was used outside. “Just to make sure he is familiar. He has played there all his career, just make sure he is familiar to be more versatile.”
Bulluck played outside linebacker with the Titans for a decade. When the Giants signed him just before training camp, the team and Bulluck said he would play at middle linebacker. Bulluck was considered the guy to replace Pierce.
But throughout camp and the preseason, Goff has been the starting middle linebacker.
“(Goff) has played pretty steady,” Coughlin said. “Not a lot of numbers but he steady.”
Bulluck did see six snaps with the first team defense at the start of the second quarter against the Steelers in his first action of the preseason last Saturday. Bulluck made a couple of physical tackles in his first action since undergoing ACL surgery last December.
When asked if he still considers Bulluck a middle linebacker, Coughlin said, “I consider him a linebacker.”
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.