Report: Kiwanuka Staying at Defensive End

From Pro Football Weekly:

With DE Osi Umenyiora set to return in 2009 following last season’s knee injury, and with the Giants likely looking for playmakers at outside linebacker, it might be tempting to project Mathias Kiwanuka, who played strong-side linebacker two years ago but defensive end last season, back to a two-point stance. Based on what we’re hearing, don’t buy into it. The Giants won Super Bowl XLII with three studs at end — Michael Strahan, Umenyiora and Justin Tuck — and likely will go into next season with a Umenyiora-Tuck-Kiwanuka trio. That would allow new defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan to do what former coordinator Steve Spagnuolo did, and that was move Umenyiora and Tuck inside at times and put all three of his best pass rushers on the field at once. Assuming that’s the plan, the Giants would like to find another “Sam” linebacker to compete with Danny Clark and get a little younger there. Kiwanuka also could be used to stand up in special packages or drop in zone pressures because of his prior experience doing so.


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