For the first time since the 2009 season ended, Clint Sintim has some serious competition for his job. Sure he had Gerris Wilkinson and Chase Blackburn and Bryan Kehl playing behind him at one point or another, but they were just there for the illusion of competition. Now here comes Keith Bulluck. And it’s no illusion.

“I think he’s been playing it for a like a decade,” Sintim said of the position that Bulluck has apparently moved to from middle linebacker. “He knows what he’s doing.”

It's really the first time in Sintim's career that he's been pushed from behind. Last year he was the pusher, fighting for time while Danny Clark held the job. Today he was splitting first team reps with Bulluck.

Bulluck had been playing middle linebacker exclusively during training camp in Albany. But when the team came back to Jersey following Saturday’s preseason game, they moved Bulluck back to the spot he’d played in Tennessee. The Giants call it strongside, the Titans and most of the rest of the league call it weakside. Whatever it is called, now Bulluck is there.

“I’m not really surprised,” Sintim said. “It’s not something I think about too often. I just think it’s another good player at a position to help me out and to compete with. That’s what it is.”

Sintim has been very quiet during this preseason. In fact, you can make the case that Bulluck in his six snaps of preseason game play has made a bigger impact than Sintim has as the starter.

How does Sintim think he’s played?

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“The first game not as great, not as good as I wanted to,” he said. “I thought I played better in the second (game). I have a long way to go to get better. That’s really the goal right now, to continue to get better.”