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Bulluck wants Goff to know he's closing in

New Giants linebacker Keith Bulluck chases down a

New Giants linebacker Keith Bulluck chases down a ball carrier during a scrimmage at Giants training camp in Albany, N.Y. (Aug. 2, 2010) Credit: Jon Winslow

Keith Bulluck made it clear today that he hasn’t put in all of the hours of rehab and done all of the work to come back from ACL surgery to sit on the bench. He may be running with the second team these days, his first few with the Giants, but he fired a warning shot to the guy who is now playing with the starters.

“Jonathan Goff is a good football player,” Bulluck said. “He’s young and I have experience. I may be a little more savvy. I would definitely be looking over my shoulder.”

Bulluck said he’s been in situations where veterans weren’t helpful to rookies or younger players. “It’s one of those things that I’m going to help him out regardless of the situation,” he said. “It’s not one of those things where I will withhold information from him just so I can get an upper hand. I don’t feel like I can do that.”

But still, when the regular season begins in mid-September, Bulluck expects to be on the field.

“He’s going to be a good football players for this football team,” he said, “but of course I would say that he’s got to look over his shoulder.”


Bulluck also spoke about rookie Phillip Dillard, who gave up his number 53 jersey to the veteran when he was signed the week before training camp opened.

“I don’t know how much of a choice he had in that, but he’ll be compensated,” Bulluck said. “I’ll take care of the kid.”

Will there be a financial transaction?

“It’s not a price,” Bulluck said. “We practice fashion. Most rookies don’t know how to dress, so I’ll hook him up with a suit or so. I don’t have to do anything. That’s just me being me.”


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