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Is Kiwanuka an answer at linebacker?

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Is Kiwanuka an answer at linebacker?

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Mon May 09, 2011 8:11 pm

I firmly believe the Giants will add another linebacker if/when free agency begins.
It got me thinking if maybe a one year offer is enough to keep Kiwi around and if he is the answer for now. (if he checks out ok medically)

With the emergence of JPP, Tuck, Osi, 2- 2nd rd. tackles, 2 vet tackles. Our line is stacked and Kiwi has enough athleticism to drop back or come forward.

What do you guys think happens to Kiwi?
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Re: Is Kiwanuka an answer at linebacker?

Post  Big_Pete on Mon May 09, 2011 8:59 pm

What happens with Kiwi depends on two factors

1. His health

2. the FA rules we end up operating under.

If we use the same rules as 2010, Kiwi will return.

Kiwi has been medically cleared so that sounds promissing, but we don't know what his long term prognosis is.

I can see Kiwi playing here on a moderate 1 year deal to proove his health and regain value.

I could also see a team paying more to sign him, but considering the depth at DE in the draft there is a good chance most teams with major DE needs have already addressed them.

I think it is around 66% chance Kiwi is a giant next year. He knows the system and Kiwi is a good fit for the Giants.

I don't see Kiwi as an option at LB, he is purely a DE in my opinion. I could see Tuck and Kiwi primarily rotating at LDE with Osi and JPP rotating at RDE. In both cases I would expect Kiwi and JPP to get around 1/3 snaps.

There will be times we will see multiple DE sets like Spag's 4 aces.

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Re: Is Kiwanuka an answer at linebacker?

Post  Pizan on Mon May 09, 2011 11:30 pm

I think Kiwi and Coefield are traded if this current deal sticks. Free Agency will suck and teams will be looking at trades. This uncertainty with Kiwi is BS IMO. The teams that will be looking at him will have their team doctors take a long look and they'll find that everything is ok.

If not, please lets not try a move to LB again. He's a DE in this defense.
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Re: Is Kiwanuka an answer at linebacker?

Post  Big_Pete on Tue May 10, 2011 6:34 pm

I agree Pizan, keep Kiwi as a DE.

I would like to see Kiwanuka resigned if possible, but it will depend on how much.

It is also worth noting that we didn't flirt with moving Kiwi to LB despite the problems we had at LB.

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Re: Is Kiwanuka an answer at linebacker?

Post  IsaiahNeverDies on Tue May 10, 2011 9:19 pm

Well, idk if Kiwi can full-time. He's been there before and was a liability in coverage. It really just depends on his health.

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