Nat Berhe may be late to the station, but he's happy to see the train hasn't pulled out just yet.
The second-year safety missed all of the Giants' spring workouts and most of this training camp with a calf injury that kept him from participating in an open competition for both starting jobs. But now that he is close to returning to the field - he was scheduled to do some running and drills on Monday - he's excited that the competition is still just as wide open as it was at the start of camp.
In fact, it may be more so after injuries to Landon Collins and Mykkele Thompson.
"There's no solidified starter at this moment," Berhe said. "We're going into our second preseason game and it's up for grabs."
Berhe would probably have been penciled in as a starter were he not injured. Instead he had to watch as everyone from Cooper Taylor to Jeromy Miles to Justin Currie got reps with the ones. And then on Sunday, the Giants added Brandon Meriweather to add depth at the position. It's been frustrating.
But Berhe is confident his days as a no-show on the field are just about over.
His calf feels good, he said, after some running and drill work on a side field Sunday. He'll be cautious, he said, so as not to aggravate the calf and face another setback. But he's excited about getting back out there and shedding his label as "the forgotten man" in the safety competition.
"Just make them remember," he said. "That's all you can do."