Clint Sintim starting to catch on?


The New York Giants needed linebacker Clint Sintim to help stop the bleeding during last season's stunning fall from NFC East supremacy. And honestly, the rookie wasn't up to the task.

As ESPNNewYork.com's Jane McManus writes today, Sintim is poised to lock up the strongside spot. He's had a relatively quiet training camp, but his position coach says that he's done some nice things that might not jump out at a divisional blogger in town for a couple days.

"Clint's a young man who a year ago was the first time he's ever played back off the ball and looking into the backfield for the keys and reads, and it was foreign to him," said linebackers coach Jim Herrmann. "I feel like so far this camp, that has improved every day. To me that was our biggest thing. When he and I sat down I said, 'This is where you need to improve,' and he's done a good job with that."

General manager Jerry Reese has always told me that Sintim could be a star in the league, but the former Virginia standout didn't really distinguish himself in his rookie season. Now, it appears that Sintim's playing with a lot more confidence. And as McManus notes, the arrival of veteran Keith Bulluck should be a great thing for Sintim. Danny Clark was an excellent guy in the locker room, but it's different when a young player's trying to take your spot.

Bulluck's competing at middle linebacker, so I don't think he'll hold anything back. I also think you'll enjoy reading about Sintim's major at Virginia. I smell a Thursday column in the near future.