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Kiwanuka move back to DE a combination of need and preference

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With Osi Umenyiora gone and Jason Pierre-Paul out for at least 12 weeks after back surgery, it makes plenty of sense to move Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end from linebacker.

As it turns out, the shift didn’t arise solely from need.

“Yeah, [there was a need] a little bit when Osi left,” defensive line coach Robert Nunn said Thursday, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.  “We felt like in the middle of the season, towards the end, that Kiwi wasn’t really comfortable with what we were asking him to do [at linebacker].  And so we felt that he would be more comfortable at defensive end.  We were able to tell him that early and he has come in here and he is really off to a good start with what we can do in the OTAs and throughout minicamp next week.  So he looks solid.”

That’s good news for the Giants, who won two Super Bowls since 2007 with a combination of historically clutch performances from quarterback Eli Manning and a defensive line that harassed and battered opposing quarterbacks.  They need great defensive line play if they want to help Tom Coughlin surpass Bill Parcells as the coach with the most Super Bowl wins in franchise history.

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8 Responses to “Kiwanuka move back to DE a combination of need and preference”
  1. charge1 says: Jun 6, 2013 10:40 PM

    Keep dreaming Gina’s will be 5-11

  2. nyfcat says: Jun 6, 2013 11:52 PM

    Kiwanuka always should’ve been playing DE at his size. It’s unfortunate that he’s always had to battle Strahan, Osi, Tuck, JPP for playing time.

  3. justintuckrule says: Jun 7, 2013 12:14 AM

    Finally. This move was so long overdue it’s not funny.

  4. arrogantnation says: Jun 7, 2013 1:52 AM

    We’ll need a big season Kiwi.

  5. phonymcringring says: Jun 7, 2013 9:21 AM

    Consummate pro. This guy will do anything he is asked. I kinda feel bad for him since he’s been moved back and forth and hasn’t really been able to settle into any position. He was a decent OLB but can be a top DE. Hopefully that LB experiment is over.

  6. ss376 says: Jun 7, 2013 4:40 PM

    I’m wondering what who the Week 1 starters on the line are (assuming JPP is not ready by Week 1):

    DE: Kiwanuka
    DT: Jenkins?
    DT: ???
    DE: Tuck

  7. leanback360 says: Jun 8, 2013 9:49 AM

    Back where he belongs

  8. onurface says: Jun 8, 2013 11:42 AM

    Season is over b4 it started…

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