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This season, the Giants lacked their signature pass rush, which had lifted them over the Patriots in Super Bowls twice and had set the tone for the rest of their defense.

Whether it's via free agency, the draft or trades, the Giants need to upgrade their pass rush, which will allow their linebackers to focus more on stopping the revent and their defensive backs on generating turnovers.

The heart and soul of the Giants D: the defensive line. Let's begin there.

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The New York Giants need a game changing, sideline to sideline, play maker at? linebacker. ? For those of you who might be thinking...Purdue, sorry, Ryan Kerrigan is not that guy.? Yes, Kerrigan is an impressive athlete(6'4 263)...and a ball player through and through.?? He has dominating power and has made his presence known in the backfield of many college teams, but he should stay at his natural position with his hand in the dirt at the next level.

For those of you who were thinking of converting the boilermakers "Most Valuable Player" on defense you might want to look at a different guy for the Giants system.? Yes, Kerrigan will be a 4-3 player in the NFL, but mostly likely at defensive end.?? After watching him at the college All-Star Skills competition I found him very stiff in the hips.? His footwork is good enough for a defensive end; however, not the Patrick Willis, Brian Urlacher, Brian Cushing, type of lateral movement the Giants so sorely need.

The first unanimous All-American at Purdue since 1980 will play in the NFL and mostly likely will be a top 20 pick in the 1st round, but he is not what the Giants need.? Kerrigan will not be a good linebacker, especially if he is asked to? cover tight ends; however, with his hand on the ground and 20 lbs of muscle, the NFL will be happy and Kerrigan will be a force to reckoned with.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Brain urlacher, Brian Cushing, Brian Urlacher, Jonathan Goff, NY Giants

The Texans are 3-1 and in first place in the AFC South. But they've given up 102 points (25.5 per game) while scoring 108. The defense will welcome back?the NFL's?2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year on Sunday when linebacker Brian Cushing makes his season debut against the Giants. The Bergen Catholic product sat out the first four games of the season after violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

Also for Houston, wide receiver Andre Johnson is expected to be a game-time decision. Johnson sat out last Sunday's win over the Raiders due to a sprained right ankle. Jacoby Jones, who has 14 catches this year, may be sidelined with a strained calf muscle.

Tags: Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing, Houston Texans, Jacoby Jones, New York Giants