PHOENIX - - The Giants have two safeties on their roster, neither of whom ever has started an NFL game at the position. As the offseason has proceeded, that position has become the black hole for Big Blue.
"That's an issue, no doubt," Tom Coughlin said on Wednesday at the NFC coaches breakfast. "It's a concern, no doubt."
The one player the Giants seem to be relying on to become a starter is second-year player Nat Berhe.
"We threw him right into a lot of responsibility on special teams, and we thought he handled it well," Coughlin said. "He's adaptable, he's smart, he's anxious. He's really looking forward to the opportunity."
Berhe played mostly in the box at San Diego State as a kind of hybrid linebacker, similar to the role Deon Grant played for the Giants for several years. But Coughlin said Berhe won't be limited necessarily to that area of the field. He said he thinks Berhe can play deep coverage as well.
As for other possibilities, the Giants have Cooper Taylor, the only other true safety on the team. Coughlin mentioned the possibility of moving one of the cornerbacks to safety, perhaps Bennett Jackson or Chykie Brown. He said Jackson is doing well rehabbing from knee surgery that ended his rookie season.
The Giants made a strong push for Devin McCourty, the top free agent safety on the market who returned to New England. They allowed Antrel Rolle to sign with the Bears. They have yet to bring back Stevie Brown, although that possibility remains afloat as long as he remains a free agent.
Coughlin certainly made it seem like the Giants won't be adding anyone else to the mix during free agency when he said that the team has "one more access to bringing in personnel."
"Obviously," he said, "the draft."
Until then, the issue and the concern likely will remain.