Giants experimenting with Keith Bulluck at OLB

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Keith Bulluck may not play middle linebacker for the New York Giants after all.

Bulluck appeared to be penciled in there for the Giants‘ after signing with New York in late July as a free agent.

The theory was that the veteran coming off ACL surgery would have no problem moving from the outside linebacker spot where he played 10 seasons in Tennessee to middle with the Giants, where he would replace Antonio Pierce.

Roughly three weeks into training camp, the Giants are experimenting with Bulluck as an outside linebacker and leaving the middle to third-year pro Jonathan Goff.

“I came into work yesterday and they said I’d be taking some outside linebacker snaps,” Bulluck said after practice on Tuesday. “That’s all I know.”

When Bulluck was working at middle linebacker, he was working primarily with the second-team defense. Now that he is on the outside, he is getting some snaps with the ones in place of second-year pro Clint Sintim, who worked with the starters since the opening of training camp.

Sintim embraced the opportunity to play to learn from Bulluck.

“He’s know the ins and outs of the game that I don’t know too well, what I can do better and things like that,” Sintim said. “I’m excited to be out here and just to take his two cents in.”

Bulluck never looked at any of the outside linebacker duties in training camp. Now he’s cramming.

“I am just happy to be in the situation I am in,” Bulluck said. “I am getting an opportunity to learn the system and play. My best is just as good as yours, but I knew it always helps a team when you have players that can be versatile and flexible to play multiple positions within in the defense.”

One of the things that is a little confusing is the Giants‘ linebacker terminology. Almost every NFL teams refers to strongside linebacker as the player who lines up over the opposing tight end. New York does the opposite and uses its weakside linebacker to line up over the tight end.

Bulluck is playing strongside with the Giants, which is away from the tight end. That’s what he did with the Titans.

“It really doesn’t matter,” Bulluck said. “I just want to get out there and help and contribute and be the best linebacker that I can be for this team, so if and when my number is called and wherever I will be ready.”

There still is some question about Bulluck being ready. He was limited to one practice a day in training camp because of the injury to his left knee. The 33-year-old did not play in the preseason opener against the Jets and was limited to six plays in Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh.

Questions about his knee are starting to bother Bulluck. He insists it is fine, adding he considers himself just a new kid on the team learning the system.

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