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Is Nat Berhe the Giants' starting strong safety now?

New York Giants safety Nat Berhe walks off

New York Giants safety Nat Berhe walks off the field at the end of practice during training camp at East Rutherford, N.J. on Aug. 11, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Joe Epstein

The Giants may be making a personnel change in their secondary.

Rookie Nat Berhe replaced veteran Stevie Brown at safety for the last quarter of Sunday's win over the Texans, and Tom Coughlin gave no indication that he would go back to Brown when the Giants play on Thursday in Washington.

"We made a position change there and that's all I'm going to say about that," Coughlin said. "[Brown] is not hurt."

Brown was spun around in coverage against Damaris Johnson on a 44-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter on Sunday that closed the Giants' lead to 17-10. This came a week after Brown missed an interception against the Cardinals, prompting Coughlin to note that he does not look to be back to full speed coming off ACL surgery. Brown missed the entire 2013 season with the injury, and while he has not missed any practice time during his return, he clearly has not played as he did in 2012 when he had eight interceptions and was a consideration for the Pro Bowl.

Brown ended up playing 45 of the 65 defensive snaps in Sunday's game after playing all but one of the 135 defensive snaps in the first two games. Berhe, who had played four snaps in the first two games, played 19 on Sunday.

Berhe impressed the coaches this summer and earned the nickname "The Missile" because of his willingness to attack ball-carriers. The fifth-round pick from San Diego State was used as a hybrid linebacker in college and could find himself as the starting strong safety come Thursday.

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