Nat Berhe, second-year safety for the New York Giants, made an appearance on the latest 'Big Blue Chat' podcast with Pat Traina [Bleacher Report/Inside Football]. Berhe, of course, is a player many are curious about considering the Giants' current lack of players with experience at the safety position.
Berhe is one of only three safeties (along with Cooper Taylor and Thomas Gordon) on the current Giants roster, and could emerge as a key member of the 2015 secondary. Head coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday at the NFL owners' meetings that he felt Berhe could play either free safety or strong safety.
Berhe said he is comfortable in either spot.
"I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but I can pretty much play both. Throughout college I played strong and free and even played a little bit of linebacker," Berhe said. "What coach Coughlin said is 100 percent true."
Coughlin admitted his concern about the safety position during a meeting with reporters Wednesday at the NFL owners' meetings:
"That's an issue, no doubt," Coughlin said. "We do have one more access to bringing in personnel with the draft. We have a couple of guys in the program - Berhe, who we liked as a rookie as a special teamer. We have injured players coming back who hopefully can help, but it's a concern."
With Antrel Rolle now a member of the Chicago Bears and veterans Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps still on the free agent market, Berhe has an opportunity to become a full-time defensive player.
Berhe, a 2015 fifth-round pick, said Rolle was "like a big brother to me" during their time together.
"When you’ve got a guy that’s played that long in the league you want to soak up everything you can from him," Berhe said. "He really taught me how to use my eyes … hats off to him. He’s a great guy and a great player."
The Giants hope that Berhe's future is as good as Rolle's past was.