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Player Profile: Keith Bulluck

Last season Keith Bulluck’s season ended in agony. The season started out poorly, the hadn’t won a game, things weren’t looking good. The Titans made the switch to Vince Young at QB and the Titans were looking like a team that could contend next year. Week 15, Keith Bulluck had a major knee injury and would be out for the season. However, Bulluck was looking forward to next year. He was excited, the Titans were excited. Little did Bulluck know, the Titans would inform him in the off-season, they “decided to go in another direction” and he would not be back. The classy Bulluck took out a colored page ad thanking the fans of Tennessee for cheering him on since 2000.

He’s Coming Home: The New York native opened the door in the off-season to returning back home, when he expressed interest in joining the Giants. At that time, the Giants were intrigued but not interested. There former staple of the defense Antonio Pierce would not be back and they were looking forward to the Jon Goff era. Training Camp was near and Bulluck was still unsigned. It was clear that Goff wasn’t ready to take the reigns of the defense and the Giants’ quietly called Bulluck and asked him to come work-out to see if he would be there guy. Both Coughlin and Bulluck are Syracuse guys, and Coughlin was highly interested in bringing in the Orange’ alum. The Arizona Cardinals also expressed interest in Bulluck, but like Antrel Rolle, the Giants won his sweepstakes. Bulluck would be a Giant.

Restoring the Swagger: One thing Keith Bulluck is known for is being a leader. Something the Giants’ sorely lacked last season. When Pierce went down, the Giants lacked that veteran leadership in the locker room. Bulluck will add much needed leadership to a defense trying to find itself. “I’m a New York dude — no way I can play anyplace else,” Bulluck said. “New York’s about toughness … the NFC East. That’s where I belong.

The Giants’ are hoping Bulluck can restore the swagger they severely lacked last season.

Knee Injury: The one issue which kept Bulluck out of Tennessee was his knee. When your a player over thirty and are coming off a major knee surgery, your chances of success go down and in this day and age, your simply expendable. There is no doubt Bulluck can play. He had 108 tackles in just the 14 games he started — and played in — there’s no denying his talents. However, can the knee hold up? When asked in July when Bulluck was signed, his agent responded:  “He is seven months post-operation, he is ready to go,” Wichard said. “He didn’t want to visit or meet anybody until he could work out for them.” Bulluck sat at the Pre-Season opener vs the Jets as a precaution. Bulluck has been going one practice a day in camp, but he will eventually hit the two-a-days. His knee so far, hasn’t been an issue. He said it feels “scary good” something the Giants like to hear.

What can you expect from Bulluck in 2010?

The question should really be, will his knee hold up? If it does, and there’s no indication it won’t, Bulluck will be a huge upgrade over Goff.  Their’s nothing wrong with letting a kid sit for another year and groom him for the position. Another year of that is something Goff needs, and it’s something he’ll get. Bulluck adds toughness, leadership and a guy who knows how to make plays. Bulluck will get his 100+ tackles if he’s healthy and will help the secondary also, as he’s good in coverage. It his knee holds up, which again, is a big if, he’ll be a huge upgrade and should help restore the defense back to it’s former glory.

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One Response to “Player Profile: Keith Bulluck”

  1. Sam says:

    If his knee holds up sky’s the limit for this defense! honestly I loved our Linebackers against the Jets, they all look fast and aggressive, I’m looking forward to the rest of the preseason to see consistency from the LB’s but I think Goff,Dillard,Sintim,Boley, and if Wilkerson stays healthy, i think are LB’s are going to be solid!

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