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Giants sign Will Blackmon / Kiwanuka to IR

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Giants sign Will Blackmon / Kiwanuka to IR

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:10 pm

"We held out hope as long as we could," Coach Tom Coughlin said. "Finally, by consensus, the doctors came to this decision. You have to make the right choice and the decision was made that he could not play again this season. My concern is for Mathias. He loves the game, he loves to play, he's proven his versatility this year beyond any question. He's given great effort and he has proven that he is a team player. I feel badly for Mathias because I know how important playing the game of football is to him. Let's get him healthy, back on the field, playing for the New York Giants."

While unhappy he no longer has the option of returning this year, Kiwanuka understands the Giants' decision.

"Like I said before, I felt like, given enough time, I could've made it back this season, but it's the nature of the business," Kiwanuka said. "The Giants had to move on, and I had to be okay with it. Regardless of what happens to me as an individual, I'm definitely still going to work with the Giants organization throughout the term of my contract (which he said expires after this season). I know this team is going be successful, so I'm excited to watch it."

To take Kiwanuka's place on the roster, the Giants signed defensive back/return specialist Will Blackmon, who played the previous four seasons for the Green Bay Packers. Ironically, Blackmon was Kiwanuka's roommate during their senior season at Boston College. They ate dinner together last night.

"Blackmon had a very good workout for us and showed that he has recovered nicely from a serious knee injury (which limited him to three games in 2009)," Reese said. "We expect him to get into the mix quickly on special teams. He has experience and production as a return specialist and cover specialist. He also has played both safety and corner, which gives us some flexibility there as well."
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Post  Big_Pete on Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:33 pm

That is a tough break for Kiwi

Blackmon is a guy I do like though
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Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:17 pm

agree, that is a tough break for Kiwi. I went through a similar injury without having surgery last year and am still not back to 100% yet.
Certainly hope the best for him!

Blackmon is going to be a good one for us if he has his health back.
Watched him play some receiver in his last year of college at BC and he made some big plays.
He was an even better DB.
Blackmon should instantly be our 4th best corner and maybe even better than Ross. We'll see.

Really hope he replaces Reynaud at returning.
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Post  Big_Pete on Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:00 pm

Blackmon is very raw as a CB at this point, but he could probably work his way into the mix for the 4th/5th CB.


btw Fewell, Coughlin and Reese all have mentioned they was Kiwi back, and Kiwi has said he wants to stay here. So assuming he can get healthy (and all the info so far has incidated this to be the case), Kiwi should be back next year.
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