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It had been speculated earlier this offseason, but Mathias Kiwanuka will almost certainly be moving back to the defensive line.

Jason Pierre-Paul?s recent surgery and Justin Tuck?s string of injures over the past few seasons have all of a sudden made the depth at defensive end ? normally a position of strength for the Giants ? a bit lacking.

Even with question marks still at linebacker, Kiwanuka should factor into the Giants? rotation at defensive end. He was drafted as a d-end out of Boston College and has experience as a successful pass rusher.

Tags: defensive end, giants, Jason Pierre-Paul, JPP, jpp surgery, Justin Tuck, justin tuck injury, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, NY Giants
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With the 2013 NFL Draft less than a month away, TJB will offer some daily insight on players in this year's draft class. ?Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it?s time for the Jets to make a selection.

SMU's Margus Hunt

MARGUS HUNTPosition: Defensive End

Tags: defensive end, Margus Hunt, NFL Draft, NYJets, Rex Ryan, SMU, Brian Bassett
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Finally, the Giants defensive front got consistent pressure on an opposing quarterback. Ironically, this strong up-front performance came against arguably the league?s best offensive line in the San Francisco 49ers.

Of note, the Giants did an impeccable job stopping the run against the league?s top rushing team.

On a good number of plays, Jason Pierre-Paul, normally a defensive end, lined up at the defensive tackle position. Maybe it was just being able to see the game from a different angle, but JPP seemed to thrive in this role, recording three tackles, two sacks and a pass deflection.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 49ers, defense, defensive end, defensive tackle, Jason Pierre-Paul, JPP, Justin Tuck, matthias miwanuka, NY Giants, Osi Umenyiora, Perry Fewell, Editorial Aside, redskins, RGIII, Tom Coughlin
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