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Thoughts on Kiwi

So, as you all know, Mathias Kiwanuka was placed on IR and will be out for the season. It’s a tough break for Kiwi–in his contract year, and off to a great start, he had the potential to make serious bank. But, that’s probably over. Will the Giants re-sign him? I don’t know. Depends on how his recovery goes. Depends on the interest from other teams. Also, it depends on how well (or how poorly) Jason Pierre-Paul plays.

What does this mean for the rest of the Giants season? Well, to be honest, it’s not a huge loss. Their winning streak has happened without the services of Kiwanuka. Yeah, he’s a great player. But they haven’t needed him at all. Their pass rush has been ferocious without him. Obviously, it would be better with him. But they’ve dealt just fine. They’re not in desperate need for him.

The loss of Kiwi means that Jason Pierre-Paul needs to step up. He’s been pretty good so far as a rush end on 3rd downs. But, he needs to be better. Kiwanuka is not coming back, and now, JPP is the 3rd defensive end. Can he handle it? Sure. Will he? That’s what we’ll find out in the next couple of weeks.


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2 Responses to “Thoughts on Kiwi”

  1. Jeff says:

    Just because they’re playing well now doesn’t mean they won’t suffer in the future. The giants defense continued to play well last season after the loss of KP. Eventually, things went south and the safety play declined seriously. Sure, the Giants look okay at DE, but JPP’s play has only been in certain situations, and another injury or two on the defensive line may have huge consequences down the road.

  2. Russo757 says:

    I dont think this is a big loss. Actually I think Kiwi is over rated. Especially last year. When everyone was talking about the decline in play from Osi and increase from Kiwi i was shocked. I could be wrong, but I recall checking their stats on profootballfocus.com at the end of the season and Osi was close in sacks/force fumbles and had a fraction of the playing time. I think the decission to keep Kiwi will be based on how fast they can develope JPP and the level of potential he has for the team. The guys are def getting the job done without him and NY has needs at other positions than DE. I wouldnt be surprised if they invested the cash in some LB or OL stock. Wouldnt mind another pass rushing DT either.

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