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Giants experiment with Kiwanuka at linebacker

For the second time in his career, Mathias Kiwanuka may get used to playing with his hand off the ground.

The Giants have started to line Kiwanuka up at strongside linebacker in what they call their “Big Base” formation.  The fifth-year player started at the position in his second season, but has generally played (and played better) at defensive end throughout his career.

The move makes sense for the Giants, who have extra defensive ends, but not enough linebackers.  “Kiwi” sounds fine with the change.

“[Defensive coordinator] Perry [Fewell] said he will try to use everybody to their strengths and get a
lot of different matchups, a lot of different looks. I love it, put me
on the field, I will make a play.”

We’d still expect Kiwanuka to start opposite Justin Tuck at defensive end, but the snaps at linebacker will allow Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul to hit the field more.  The Giants have also tried out formations with the four “ends” lining up together.

The Giants defense is going to look quite different this year.  That’s a good thing after the season they’ve just had.

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10 Responses to “Giants experiment with Kiwanuka at linebacker”
  1. Washburn says: Aug 8, 2010 11:28 AM

    kiwanukas a beast i live in boston area seen him play many times and meet the guy at boston college… this is a 1st class football player, guy has an unbelievable motor and sure hell beast it wutever position he plays

  2. lithiumfx26 says: Aug 8, 2010 11:38 AM

    Doesn’t matter, 8-8 at best.

  3. DM725 says: Aug 8, 2010 12:52 PM

    They went 8-8 with no safeties, no running game, and a lot of banged up players…
    Tough schedule this year but 10 wins minimum…

  4. Fonetik says: Aug 8, 2010 12:57 PM

    Washburn says: August 8, 2010 11:28 AM
    kiwanukas a beast i live in boston area seen him play many times and meet the guy at boston college… this is a 1st class football player, guy has an unbelievable motor and sure hell beast it wutever position he plays
    ———————–
    I assume you weren’t a student there at BC when you “meet” him…

  5. Mr. Lagoo says: Aug 8, 2010 1:19 PM

    You might have 1 good team if you combined the 2 New York teams…although you’d have double the asshole fans :)

  6. bspurloc says: Aug 8, 2010 1:54 PM

    still no receivers or running backs so he will have fun being on the field 90% of the game.

  7. Dustin Chandler says: Aug 8, 2010 2:14 PM

    lithiumfx26 says:
    August 8, 2010 11:38 AM
    Doesn’t matter, 8-8 at best.
    Dude, shutup.
    I’m a COWBOYS fan, and even I know the Giants are getting slept on.

  8. n0hopeleft says: Aug 8, 2010 3:05 PM

    bspurloc says:
    August 8, 2010 1:54 PM
    still no receivers or running backs so he will have fun being on the field 90% of the game.
    Steve Smith (NYG):
    Receptions: 107 (2nd in NFL)
    Yards: 1,220 (11.4 avg)
    TDs: 7
    20+ catches: 14
    1st Downs: 61
    Fumbles: 0
    Do you even watch football?

  9. ShawshankReception says: Aug 8, 2010 11:19 PM

    Even if you did combine the two New York teams and get twice the asshole fans, there would still be half as many asshole fans as Philadelphia!

  10. refuse2fail says: Aug 9, 2010 10:39 AM

    @ Fonetik
    —————-
    A guy types an extra e by accident and you got nothing better to do than take a cheesy crack at him… get a life dude. Having that been said.
    The Giants defense is SCARY. Too many people know nothing of the Giant’s true situation with injuries and awful scheming under the exiled bill sheriden. Haters just cry excuses, excuses…
    The G-Men play best when flying under the radar. Our defense will embrace their underrated status and wreak havoc this year. I have no doubts.

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