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Giants news, 5/29: Antoine Bethea ready to lead young secondary

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Not Antoine Bethea’s first rodeo

Don’t bother worrying about how Antoine Bethea is adjusting to being a Giant. He’s in his 14th NFL season, playing for his fourth team, and being coached by defensive coordinator James Bettcher for the second time.

“This is not my first rodeo,” he said on Tuesday. “At the end of the day, you come to work and you do your job. Come in and be a pro.”

Part of the 35-year-old’s job with the Giants will be to help third-year safety Jabrill Peppers and all of the team’s inexperienced cornerbacks learn.

“Being a veteran in this league, that’s what your job entails,” Bethea said. “I’ve seen a lot. Coming in here doing the things I’m going to do, trying to bring these young guys along as fast as I can.”

Father Time will catch up with Bethea eventually. Fourteen years is an eternity to play in the NFL, especially when you are tasked with protecting the back end of a defense.

“I’m not worried about that,” Bethea said. “If I didn’t think I could play, I wouldn’t be here. I’m not here to prove anyone wrong. I’m going to come out here and play the game like I’ve been playing for 13, 14 years.”

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