The New York Giants were hit badly by injuries in 2014 that played a factor into the team’s defensive struggles. Still, the safety position became an issue for the team and became a point of emphasis this offseason. Last year’s free agent signing Quintin Demps struggled along with Stevie Brown, who was coming off an ACL tear in 2013. Defensive captain Antrel Rolle also had his share of struggles and the three of them combined have left Giants fans to wonder how the safety position can be fixed for 2015.
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Luckily for Big Blue, their answer is already on their roster. His name is Nat Berhe, the Giants’ fifth round pick out of San Diego State. Berhe showed flashes of his potential in his limited playing time as a rookie last season.
He has instincts and ball skills that one would typically see from a seasoned veteran. Berhe is also a solid tackling defender and is much stronger and faster than he is given credit for because of his compact frame.
Sep 8, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants strong safety Nat Berhe (34) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Berhe will progress even more with a full season under his belt. His ball-hawking, hard-hitting aggressiveness makes him the type of strong safety that new defensive coordinator Steve Spanuolo prefers. He loves to utilize players like Berhe in all kinds of blitz packages.
Berhe is young, which will worry some fans, but I am here to tell you to trust in Berhe. This kid has all the tools to be a star in the NFL and in the Giants’ new aggressive defense which will showcase Berhe’s talents.
This is a golden opportunity for Berhe to rise to the ocassion early and show why he is the long term answer for the Giants. If Rolle leaves in free agency, then the spotlight will be even brighter on Berhe to shine. This scenario will allow Berhe to get plenty of opportunities to show his talents and I am certain he will.
So if you don’t know Berhe, do your research now so it doesn’t come as a surprise when he becomes a major player on the Giants defense in 2015 and beyond.