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90-man roster breakdown: Healthy again, Nat Berhe ready to compete

Calf injury cost young safety a chance in 2015

NFL: New York Giants-Training Camp
Nat Berhe during training camp in 2015
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The New York Giants' plan a year ago was to let their young safeties compete for roster spots and playing time. We that that plan was blown to smithereens by injuries. Well, the plan is the same again for 2016. Today, we look at one of those young safeties, Nat Berhe, as we continue rolling through profiles of the players who will comprise the Giants' 90-man roster when they report for training camp later this summer.

2015 Season in Review

The early favorite to win a starting job at safety next to rookie Landon Collins, Berhe missed the entire season with a calf injury that eventually required surgery.

2016 Season Outlook

Berhe is pretty much back where he started a year ago, except that third-round pick Darian Thompson has been added to the competition for a starting spot next to the now-entrenched Collins. Berhe, Darian Thompson, Mykkele Thompson, Bennett Jackson, Cooper Taylor and perhaps Justin Currie are all competing for playing time.

Berhe, fully cleared for action, participated in the team's voluntary minicamp before the 2016 NFL Draft. Even though it was a minicamp in shorts and t-shirts it was rewarding for Berhe after what was eventually diagnosed as a blood clot in his calf cost him all of last season.

"I was like, ‘Man, that is exciting for me because it has been so long,’" Berhe said on Wednesday after completing his second day of work. "I’ve had a year off and it was probably one of the longest years of my life."

Berhe was considered the front-runner for a starting job entering last season. Whether that is still the case remains to be seen. Based on his Day 2 draft status, the rookie Darian Thompson will get an opportunity. Considering that the Giants are in nickel so often and that three safeties are often employed in that arrangement, Berhe could be in for a lot of playing time either way.