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Michael:

What happened to Keith Bullock? Don't see his name on this year's roster.Dear Phil:

The Giants elected not to re-sign Keith Bulluck. They want to get young, faster and more athletic at strongside linebacker. Third-year pro Clint Sintim has worked with the first team in the early training camp practices. If he doesn't secure the job, the Giants will examine other options.

Michael:I am a little confused as to why the Giants did not seem to make a serious move at one of top three middle linebackers that were available. They need as good a quarterback on defense as they have on offense.Dear Bob:

It's linebacker day on The Mailbag! Jonathan Goff was a solid player at middle linebacker last season. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said yesterday he hopes to increase Goff's workload from 35-40 plays a game 45-60 a game. More importantly, he believes Goff's improvement will merit that increase. If the defensive coordinator is that confident about Goff, it makes little sense to invest big money in a player at that position when needs exist elsewhere and the Giants must be cognizant of the salary cap.

Michael:My question is about the depth chart of the O-Line. Is Will Beatty quick enough and strong enough for the left tackle position in the NFL?Dear Patrick:

We'll find out, won't we? The Giants selected Beatty on the second round of the 2009 draft thinking he was the left tackle of the future. That future is now. Beatty's primary attributes have always been his athleticism and quick feet, which are essential at left tackle. He has improved his strength since becoming a professional. Beatty seems to possess all the tools to be a terrific left tackle. Now he has to play up to his potential.

Michael:Do you have any idea why the Giants are penciling in David Baas instead of Jim Cordle as the starting center?  Baas hasn't started a game since 2008.  Last year, they refused to activate Cordle for even one game.  What's the story?Dear John:

Part of the story, frankly, is that you are incorrect. Baas enters this season with 41 consecutive starts. In 2010, he started all 16 games at center for San Franciscoone year after starting all 16 games at left guard. Baas is a big, talented and experienced offensive lineman whom the Giants targeted early in free agency. Cordle was a practice squad player who must prove he deserves a spot on the active roster.

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