The Pittsburgh Steelers were searching for a replacement for Robert Golden after releasing him at the beginning of free agency. The team brought in Patriots’ special teams ace Matthew Slater, even entertained Michael Thomas of the Dolphins, but none of these free agents were able to come to terms with the team.
When rumors of Nat Berhe, formerly of the New York Giants, visited the team, it was natural to assume Berhe would leave Pittsburgh without a contract. However, when the team was able to come to terms with Berhe, many were wondering what to expect from the man who calls himself “the missile”.
To get the lowdown of Berhe as a player I reached out to Ed Valentine, editor of Big Blue View, to see what he thought of Berhe’s time with the G-Men.
Berhe is a good guy who has never complained about his role with the Giants, and he’s also a good special teams player.
As a safety, he’s a bit of a ‘tweener. He’s not really big enough to be a full-time box safety, and he’s not really rangy enough to be a full-time center fielder. That said, he’s a pretty decent player. He is a bone-crunching hitter who calls himself “The Missile.”
He had a chance to be a starter in 2015, but missed the whole year due to calf surgery. He moved into the lineup in 2016 when Darian Thompson got hurt, but lasted only two games before he was felled by a concussion. He ended up with multiple concussions that season, and the way he plays concussions are always a concern. I’m not sure how many he has had overall.
He’s nice depth, and probably capable of a bigger role than he had with the Giants. I’m sure Giants fans would like to see him do well.
This bodes well for the Steelers, who aren’t looking for a player who is ready to step up as a starter, but rather to fill a role which was vacated by Golden. Golden, a former special teams player, was the player on the field who made calls and coverages, and the hope is Berhe will be able to fit the bill for the black-and-gold.
Let us all welcome Berhe to the Steelers, and hope he is a part of something truly special in 2018!