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The Giants placed defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), lineman Geoff Schwartz (ankle), guard Adam Snyder (knee) linebacker Terrell Manning and defensive end Robert Ayers (pectoral muscle) on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, according to multiple media reports.

Kiwanuka, 31, may have played his last game with the Giants after nine seasons and two Super Bowl titles. He would count $7.45 million against the 2015 salary cap, and the Giants could realize savings of almost $5 million by cutting him. Kiwanuka has 38.5 sacks in his career, 2.5 this season.

Ayers started for Kiwanuka Sunday in Jacksonville and was tied for the team lead with five sacks. Snyder started in the loss to Dallas.

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With Jason Pierre-Paul's return uncertain, the Giants' once vaunted DE rotation has been thrown for a loop. The team has plenty of players in the ranks to choose from, but none with the skill set of JPP, who is simply irreplaceable. Although the hopes are that JPP can make it back for the beginning of the season, head coach Tom Coughlin has to handle this as if his star DE will not be ready by Sept 8th.

Until then, Coughlin is expecting the Giants to deploy their 'next man up' strategy.

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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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Today marks the first of two New York Giants organized team activity sessions set for this week at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

And for a team that did not make the playoffs in 2012, there are a plethora of storylines as new faces and veterans in need to reviving their image return to the field.

1. The health of Hakeem Nicks

Tags: Aaron Curry, Cooper Taylor, Corey Webster, cullen jenkins, Damontre Moore, Dan Connor, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, jacquian Williams, james brewer, Jason Pierre-Paul, johnathan hankins, Justin Pugh, Justin Tuck, Keith Rivers, mark herzlich, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, michael cox, New York Giants, Ryan Nassib, Spencer Paysinger, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty
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It is only speculation that Mathias Kiwanuka will play along the Giants defensive line, according to Giants.com, though general manager Jerry Reese did hint at the move prior to the NFL Draft last month.

"He will probably play more on the defensive line" this year," the GM said.

With the shakeup along the defensive line this off-season -- losing Osi Umenyiora to the Falcons -- Kiwanuka can serve as another pass rusher to complement Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, who will line up at numerous positions up front.

Tags: Aaron Curry, Antrel Rolle, Dan Connor, jacquian Williams, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerry Reese, Justin Tuck, Keith Rivers, Kenny Phillips, mark herzlich, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, Stevie Brown
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Entering this past weekend's NFL Draft, linebacker was an area many speculated the Giants would need to address with young talent.

Yet the team chose not to draft a linebacker.

The Giants bolstered its offensive and defensive lines, added depth to the running back corps and secondary, and even added a pair of linebackers in the form of undrafted free agents Etienne Sabino out of Ohio State and Charles Dieusel of Mount Union.

Tags: alec ogletree, Brian Urlacher, charles deiusel, charles diesuel, Chase Blackburn, Dan Connor, daryl smith, etienne sabino, jacquian Williams, Jake Muasau, karlos dansby, Keith Rivers, kiko alonso, mark herzlich, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Spencer Paysinger
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The NFL Draft is a mere three days away, so of course, all the rumors swirling around who is going to land where are beginning to heat up.

Numerous mock drafts have the Giants looking to bolster a couple different directions, including linebacker, offensive and defensive lines and the secondary. Among the players most commonly connected to Big Blue are linebackers Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and cornerback Desmond Trufant.

Over the weekend, the New York Daily News diagnosed those same four positions as areas of need for the Giants in this year's draft, pointing out the linebacking unit lost Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn, and Mathias Kiwanuka has returned to the defensive line. It adds the offensive line -- aside from left tackle Will Beatty -- is aging; Justin Tuck and Kiwanuka are aging; and questions continue to surround cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley.

Tags: alec ogletree, Chase Blackburn, cornellius carradine, d.j. fluker, desmond trufant, jayron hosley, Justin Tuck, manti te'o, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, New York Giants, prince amukamara, Will Beatty
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In Mel Kiper Jr.'s first two-round mock draft, the longtime NFL Draft prognosticator suggests the New York Giants will select a cornerback and linebacker, respectively, with their first and second-round picks.

At No. 19, Kiper projects the Giants to draft cornerback Desmond Trufant from the University of Washington. The 6-foot, 190-pound former Huskie impressed at the NFL Combine, solidifying his status as a first-round talent.

NFL.com compares Trufant to Cardinals cornerback Antoine Cason, praising him for his size, athleticism and short-area foot quickness. However, experts believe he'll have to improve his overall strength on the professional level.

Tags: antoine cason, Corey Webster, desmond trufant, jacquian Williams, jayron hosley, Keith Rivers, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, New York Giants, prince amukamara, sio moore, Spencer Paysinger, Terrell Thomas, zak deossie
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Here's where the Giants are on defense: they can't stop the run and they have not been getting to the passer. A bad combination by any account. ?They are hoping to solve these issues before hitting the field again this fall.

One move that seems certain to happen is Mathias Kiwanuka moving back to DE from OLB. Kiwi has the physical ability to play linebacker, but the fact of the matter is, he's not a LB. Last season, he struggled in most games, only adding to the Giants' frustration on defense. ?He was occasionally used as part of DC Perry Fewell's "NASCAR" (sic) package, where seemed more at home on the line of scrimmage.

Kiwi was moved to OLB after Perry Fewell came aboard as DC in 2010. After a few seasons of Danny Clark and Keith Bulluck at the position, Fewell decided to try to fill the void with Kiwanuka after the Giants drafted Jason Pierre-Paul in the first round. Kiwi was the extra piece in the defense and they needed to creatively try to integrate him in.

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Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka restructured his contract, allowing ?the team to gain $1 million in cap space for the upcoming year.

According to the Newark-Star-Ledger, $1.5 million of Kiwanuka's guaranteed salary for next season was converted into a signing bonus. His cap figure drops from $5.125 million to $4.125 million by spreading it out over the final two years of his current deal.

The move will serve as a precursor as the team attempts to negotiate contracts with free agents Victor Cruz, Martellus Bennett and Will Beatty. Along with the release of veterans Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Canty and Michael Boley, the Giants are in a better position to do so.

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Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell held his weekly press conference yesterday, fielding questions about the Redskins and the sudden revitalization of the defensive line.

Fewell said his defense was more focused against the 49ers than any other game this season. They'll need a similar sort of approach when talented rookie Robert Griffin III comes to town.

"You have to be aware of the quarterback. You?re always aware of him, but with guys that are mobile quarterbacks, you become more aware. Your senses arise a lot more. They can take off at any time and so it takes a lot of discipline in your rush lanes. It takes a lot of discipline in your run lanes and so that?s the main thing is that you?re more aware that this guy can take off and go on you at any point in time."
Mathias Kiwanuka was one of the main contributors last week. The linebacker found himself at his natural position, defensive end, where he recorded two tackles and one of the team's six sacks.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Antrel Rolle, Cam Newton, Giants-Redskins, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Vick, Perry Fewell, Editorial Aside, RGIII, Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
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The Giants' pass rush finally got untracked Sunday vs San Francisco. And no wonder. They changed some things up, employed a new alignment and did the most sensible thing: moved Mathias Kiwanuka back to DE from LB. The Giants sacked Niner QBs six times after only registering eight the first four games.

? Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 16, 2012The Giants also gave Adrian Tracy more reps and he recorded a four tackles and sack. He and Kiwi seemed to get more pressure than Osi Umneyiora and Justin Tuck have been getting recently. Not saying that those two should replace the established vets, but more playing time appears to be in the cards.

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The Giants' blowout victory over the 49ers yesterday said a lot about Big Blue.

But just how much?

The Giants earned a series of "firsts" and caused a series of "firsts" for the 49ers.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, 49ers, Adrian Tracy, Ahmad Bradshaw, Alex Smith, Eli Manning, giants, Giants-49ers, Jacquian Williams, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, Editorial Aside, price amukamara, Prince Amukamara, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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Despite both the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles owning 2-1 records, these teams appear to be in different stratospheres right now.

After losing the opener to the Cowboys, the Giants have reeled off two straight wins over the Bucs and Panthers. The Eagles, on the other hand, skid by the Browns Week 1, beat the Ravens and fell to the undefeated Cardinals last week.

Records aside, the panic level in Philly is warranted.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Antrel Rolle, Brandon Jacobs, Brandon Weeden, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, David Diehl, demarco murray, DeSean Jackson, doug martin, Eli Manning, Giants-Eagles, Hakeem Nicks, Injuries, Jason Peters, Jeremy Maclin, jeremy maclin, Justin Tuck, Kevin Kolb, King Dunlap, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Vick, New York Giants, New York Giants History, Osi Umenyiora, Philadelphia Eagles, Editorial Aside, Ramses Barden, Riley Cooper, Victor Cruz, vince young
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Last night in Baltimore, the refs were welcomed back from their lockout with cheers from the M&T Bank Stadium bleachers.

In all, 18 flags were thrown. And no penalty or call was remotely close to as controversial as any of the calls from Monday night's Packers-Seahawks matchup.

Despite being embraced by NFL fans, some players aren't expected the referees to be up to the bar on their officiating just yet.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Giants-Eagles, Justin Tuck, lockout, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, NFL, NY Daily News, Editorial Aside, referees, Tom Coughlin
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?He should (make that guarantee). I mean, the Giants have been whooping his ass for a long time.?
- Giants' LB Mathias Kiwanuka on?WFAN?s Boomer & Carton this morning when asked about?Jerry Jones' pledge to "beat the Giants' ass" this year
Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, Quote, WFAN

According to Ralph Vacchiano, the Giants have extended DE/OLB Mathias Kiwanuka through 2015. His contract was set to expire after the 2012 season.

Kiwanuka finally looked comfortable at linebacker last season, and he was a key cog in the Giants' defense. He?totaled?an impressive 84 tackles to go along with 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception. If he can continue to play at this high level, Jerry Reese has made a smart move in locking him up.

The obvious fallout from this is what it means in terms of the Osi Umenyiora situation. Although Kiwanuka is technically a linebacker now, he is often used to rush the passer, and is always one injury away from being shifted back to the defensive line. Umenyiora can't be happy that Kiwanuka is being extended while he is not.

Tags: extension, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, New York Giants News, Osi Umenyiora
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In 2009 the New York Giants signed outside linebacker Michael Boley after he spent 4 years with the Atlanta Falcons. Since 2009 he has been the most consistent linebacker the New York Giants have had.

Even with missing 7 games due to injury over that time, Boley has produced to the number of 263 tackles, 12 passes defended, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

At 29 years of age, No. 52 has plenty in the tank and continues to showcase great speed sideline to sideline. What's most impressive about Michael Boley is the way he plays the game. At full speed which is rare in today's NFL.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Giants-Falcons, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, NFC East, NFL, NFL Playoffs, Standard
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Famed American fashion designer and Giants fan Kenneth Cole hosted a V.I.P. sale with proceeds going to benefit New York Giants? football star Justin Tuck?s R.U.S.H. for Literacy charity.

R.U.S.H. for Literacy, founded by Justin and his wife Lauran in 2008, encourages children in selected schools in New York and Tuck?s home state of Alabama to read, understand, succeed and hope.

Justin was thrilled as many of his teammates braved the massive crowd of tourists and holiday shoppers in one of Manhattan?s busiest neighborhoods to show support for the kids and their All-Pro Defensive End including Michael Boley, David Baas and Mark Herzlich.

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The Giants did not practice today as Tuesday is the traditional player's day off.

As you know by now, LB/DE Mathias Kiwanuka was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance bs the Patriots on Sunday. He had 12 total tackles with an INT and a pass defended.

The Giants parted ways with OL Adam Koets today, waiving him from the PUP list, where he has resided all year. Koets never fully recovered from a torn ACL injury he suffered last November. He was with the team since he was drafted in 2007, but only played in 11 games over four seasons with the Blue.

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What do Giant fans have to look forward to on Monday night?

Lets get behind the numbers.?? For starters, I don't think anyone in the NFL would say that the Eagles pass rush is better than the New York Giants and if Justin Tuck plays it's no contest.??

The Eagles has 5 sacks and 11 QB?hits in last weeks game.? You could expect Kiwi, Tolley and JPP to match those numbers and it wouldn't surprise me to see a safety or corner blitz thrown in a handful of times.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Eli Manning, Giants-Rams, JPP, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants Blogs, NY Giants
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Where do the Giants go from here?

Because of the talent this team has(healthy & unhealthy) this team can be a 11 & 5 team. Will they be? Probably not.

Yesterday the Giants looked real bad and completely out of sync. This is a team that needed rookie camp, mini camp, training camp and most of all some key players added to the roster. All you real smart people keep reminding me that the Giants had no money. Don't blame poor Jerry Reese. You keep telling yourself that.

Tags: David Diehl, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Jake Ballard, Justin Tuck, Kevin Gilbride, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora
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Mathias Kiwanuka has left the game with a groin injury and will not return.

The extent of the injury is not yet known, but considering that he's a New York Giants, I'd expect the worst and go from there.

Update:

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According to Mathias Kiwanuka, undrafted free agent Mark Herzlich is "on the doorstep" of being back to his old self, as per Alex Raskin of CBS Sports.

If true, Herzlich could really help the Giants on defense and on sepcial teams. Herzlich was dominant at Boston College; he was named 2008 ACC defensive player of the year and was considered a top ten pick in the draft before being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.?Two years later, Kiwanuka is now contending that Herzlich is close to the player he once was.

This could also be the case of one player trying to pump his own teammate up, and it should also be noted that Kiwanuka is a BC alum. Still, this is much closer to good new than bad news, and at this point, I'll count that as a win.

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With the Giants finally taking the field tonight to take on the Carolina Panthers, any legitimate football game will come as a respite to a team and fanbase in need of a diversion.

So, this will be a good time to try and squash all of the negative energy and see what this team is made of. There is sure to be a lot of rust, as there should with any post-lockout preseason game.

With that said, here are five things to look for tonight.

Tags: David BAAS, Devin Thomas, Domenik Hixon, jerrel jernigan, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty
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I hope the all Giants fans "read between the lines" on the Jerry Reese recent press conference.? Back Off, I know what I'm doing...would be the theme.

Now, with that said lets all raise a pint to Jerry Reese and laugh at some of the comments he thinks we should believe. Roll the highlights...

1. "We had a game plan and we are sticking to our game plan" - So what plan would that be?? Loosing 3 out of 5 of our top Free Agents and ignore anyone on the open market that might make this team better?

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Bear Pascoe, David Baas, David Diehl, Eli Manning, Fantasy Football, Free Agency, Giants News, Jerry Reese, Kevin Boss, Linval Joseph, Mario Manningham, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, Tom Coughlin, Tony Romo
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Mathias Kiwanuka has been named the starting strongside linebacker, according to Alex Raskin of CBS Sports.

[LB Coach] Herrmann was complimentary toward LB?Clint Sintim, but said Kiwanuka would handle the position on first and second down. However, Herrmann said "All bets are off" on third down, so Kiwanuka could move back to DE in those circumstances.
Considering that most of the other options at strongside linebacker are either rookies or Clint Sintim, this is not a huge surprise. Still, it seems like there was never any competition, so it's interesting that Raskin's characterized it as "winning" the starting LB job. It seems as if the Giants were ready to hand Kiwanuka the job as long as they deemed him healthy, so this is good news on that front.

The Giants have some intriguing young LBs, including Mark Herzlich and Jacquian Williams, MLBs Greg Jones and Philip Dillard, as well as Sintim returning from injury. The Job is Kiwanuka's, but it'll be interesting to see what the youngsters can bring to the table.

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No one thought Giants' DE Mathias Kiwanuka would be here right now. Last October, the Giants placed their former first round selection on injured reserve with a herniated cervical disc and hoped for the best.

A neck injury such as the one Kiwi weathered the past year ended many a career. The Giants chose to be patient.

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According to Justin Tuck's Twitter, Mathias Kiwanuka will be a Giant this season.

Kiwi is returning to the big blue. Yes sir
I think this is great news in more ways than one. First, it means that the Giants believe Kiwi is healthy enough to contribute. Second, it means the Giants have a backup plan in case Umenyiora holds out, and it gives them leverage in negotiations. Finally, it gives the Giants another pass rusher who can play both defensive line and linebacker if needed. Glad to have him back.
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Giants GM Jerry Reese said earlier today that DE Mathias Kiwanuka's neck injury could possibly be career-ending. After conferring with the medical staff, he quickly corrected himself...

?After I spoke to the media this morning at the combine, I had a conversation with (head trainer) Ronnie Barnes, who confirmed for me that last night we did receive the final written evaluation that gives Mathias medical clearance to return to the field,? Reese said in a statement the club released, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. ?The consensus of all of the spine physicians and Dr. (Russ) Warren is that it is safe for Mathias to return to play. I have talked to Mathias and he is fully committed to returning to football.?

Good news for once....

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from Dan Benton / Giants 101.com....

Speaking to reporters today, New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese revealed some potentially devastating news, saying "it's a possibility" that defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka never again plays professional football.

Kiwanuka, a potential free agent pending a new CBA, suffered a bulging disk in his neck back in early October and was then placed on season-ending Injured Reserve later in the month. And while there has been some progress with his treatment and rehabilitation, the New York Giants and doctors remains cautiously optimistic at the best.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Jerry Reese, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News
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Some say timing is everything. The New York Football Giant?s timing is terrible. In likely the most confusing and volatile offseason of the modern era, the Giants find themselves staring at 21 roster members that lack a contract.

Of these 21 players, several are key contributors. TE Kevin Boss is among the players in limbo. Boss is ultimately expected to stay in New York. HB Ahmad Bradshaw, who racked up over a 1,000 yards in 2010 has been told that he is a top priority when negotiations can finally start and thus is expected to remain a Giant as well.

There are three Giants, however, whose futures are less certain. Two of these players could directly affect the other?s future, while the third will need to battle back from a devastating injury.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Domenik Hixon, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFC East, NFL, NFL Draft, Steve Smith
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After an embarrassing two weeks, the New York Giants are very likely only 6 days away from beginning preparations for 2011. With the new year approaching, I thought it would be smart to go through some of the current members of the organization whose futures with the club are either hot button issues or otherwise in doubt. The piece is a long one and it is broken up into three sections: Out/On The Bubble/ In. As always feel free to let GFB know what you think.

OutHC Tom Coughlin: While ragging on Coughlin has been an overused go-to option for writers and pundits league wide lately, the blade is swinging ever closer to his neck after yesterday?s loss. There is an argument for keeping him of course. His tenure thus far in New York has been an upgrade from a bleak stretch of time in the team?s history that spanned from 1992 through 2003. After a rebuilding period in 2004, Coughlin fielded an overall competitive squad from 2005 through 2008 and obviously brought New York an impressive Super Bowl win. But things have not been quite the same for the Giants since jumping out to an 11-1 start in 2008. Following up a Super Bowl run with 3 months of utterly dominant football, the Giants stumbled at home against Philadelphia that season and ultimately lost to the Eagles again in their first appearance of the playoffs. 2009 saw a 5-0 start turn into a 3-5 finish and 2010 saw a historical single game collapse, an unspeakable rash of turnovers, and an overall failure to execute on special teams. Coughlin, who is historically quite reliable when it comes to challenges, blew the Giants final challenge of yesterday?s game on an obvious unfavorable ruling and thus was unable to protest against at a late Eli interception on a key drive that was clearly caught out of bounds.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Devin Thomas, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Keith Bulluck, Kevin Boss, Mario Manningham, Mathias Kiwanuka, Matt Dodge, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, Steve Smith, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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Obviously it's tough. We kind of knew it was heading that way but until it happens, you never really think about it. He's a huge talent and he's going to be missed. Again, you just have to continue doing what we've done. Somebody is going to have to step up and try to fill that void. It's a huge void, and right now we just wish him all the best in his recovery. We hope to get him back next year.
Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck
Tags: Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, Quotes

It's bye week so things are pretty quiet. Here's?some links to keep the Giants' discussion going:

The New York Times continues the discussion about the future of Mathias Kiwanuka:?When the Giants placed Mathias Kiwanuka on injured reserve Thursday with a herniated disk in his neck, General Manager Jerry Reese and Coach Tom Coughlin each expressed hope that Kiwanuka would be healthy in 2011. Although Kiwanuka is the team?s most versatile defensive player, his contract expires at the end of the season, and the team is already stocked with defensive ends. And while the Giants will weigh their options, it seems questionable that they would let Kiwanuka walk. Read more ...

According to the Times' Fifth Down Blog, Carl Banks says he's impressed?with the Giants' leadership: When fans, commentators and former players were criticizing the Giants for a lack of leadership early this season, another former Giant thought the team had found two players to show them how to win. ?When Antonio Pierce and Michael Strahan left, it did leave a void,? said Carl Banks, who recently held a reception to launch his sports fashion line, The NFL Collection: By Carl Banks, G-III Apparel, at Lord & Taylor in Manhattan. ?You had talented football players who were just happy to be good football players. Then Antrel Rolle and Keith Bulluck came over and stepped up and I feel they made a difference.? Read more ...

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Trying to avoid a repeat of last year?s 3-8 collapse following a dominating 5-0 start, the New York Giants could use some good fortune to avoid repeating something similar after an equally dominating 4-0 October to lift their record to 5-2 this season.

The news they received on Thursday about defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka however, was far from the type of good-luck charm the Giants had in mind.

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Tags: Giants Defense, Giants News, Injuries, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News

As you already know, Mathias Kiwanuka is on his way to IR for the second time during his Giant tenure. While this is clearly unfortunate and undoubtedly a loss for the team, it is yet another odd resemblance to the 2007 season. The Giants, who were breaking in a new blitz-happy defensive coordinator after a 1-2 start, lost Kiwanuka mid season to a broken leg.

Though Kiwanuka would have been a welcome addition to the Super Bowl run, there was little doubt he would return for the '08 campaign. This time around, things are not as certain. Kiwanuka is not under contract for the 2011 season and even if he was, he is? dealing with a potentially career ending injury.

With the success that the Giants defense has enjoyed without Kiwanuka, and the steady emergence of young Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants may not be in the market for the ailing DE's services next year.

Tags: Domenik Hixon, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants
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According to SNY Giants analyst Mike Garafolo....

(DE Mathias) Kiwanuka will be placed on injured reserve today, according to two people informed of the impending transaction. The people requested anonymity because the Giants have yet to announce the move, which will end Kiwanuka's season and likely serve as the transaction to clear space on the roster for kick returner Will Blackmon.....READ FULL

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The 3 -o Bear's are coming to town Sunday night and the NY Giants need a win to gain some momentum in the division and for them confidence of the team.? However the Giants have hit the training room with a rash of serious injuries that is sure to impact this team moving forward.

Pain in Neck: The biggest blow to the team is loosing Mathias Kiwanuka with a bulging disc in his neck.? After practice earlier this week, Kiwi underwent a CAT scan were he was diagnosed with a bulging cervical disc.?? He is out for a undetermined period of time time.? The versatile? Kiwanuka leads the team with 4 sacks and has had major success from the defensive line and linebacker position in this new Fewell system.

Bum Ankle: The anchor of the offensive line, Shaun O'Hara is still shut down as the Giants try desperately to get him healthy.? Adam Koates takes his place; however his on presence is greatly missed on the field and the in locker room.

Tags: Chase Blackburn, Domenik Hixon, Giant Injury Report, Giants-Bears, Giants Defense, Giants News, Jason Pierre-Paul, Keith Bulluck, Mario Manningham, Mathias Kiwanuka, Matt Forte, Meadowlands, Michael Johnson, Osi Umenyiora, Perry Fewell, Phillip Dillard, Shaun O'Hara
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Add Mathias Kiwanuka's name to the list of injured Giants who won't play in Sunday night's game against the Bears. Kiwanuka is out with a bulging cervical disc in his neck.

Ralph Vacchiano?has more:

Kiwanuka complained of a stiff neck on Thursday, but practiced Friday - avoiding contact with his head and neck - after having an MRI performed Thursday night. He reported more stiffness after Friday's practice and was sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan where a CAT scan revealed the injury.

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I have never been a fan of NASCAR.? All those left turns.? But when it comes to football and the New York Giants, NASCAR means opposing quarterback's are about to get hit.

Sunday night, big brother takes on little brother, but if the NY Giants are going to stand a chance of taking down the very pissed off Peyton Manning, they better bust out the NASCAR scheme on a regular basis.

NASCAR is when Osi, Tuck, Kiwi, and JPP take the field at one time.? In Fewell's hybrid system, Kiwi can lineup as a defensive end or a linebacker.? I'm not sure why it took so long for Fewell to let the dogs lose against Carolina, but now that we've seen it, we want it and we want it often.

Tags: Antrel Rolle, Corey Webster, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Kenny Phillips, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, Perry Fewell, Peyton Manning, Terrell Thomas
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Can you believe it??

Sports Illustrated's? Peter King has predicted the New York Giants to win the NFC East with a 11 & 4 record.?

His reasoning for the prediction...a combination between the "NASCAR" defensive scheme where all four defensive down lineman are pash rushing ends(Tuck, Kiwi, Osi, JPP), Perry Fewell's ability to call a defense similar to the great Steve Spagnuolo and a healthy Chris Canty.

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Giants' former first-round pick DE Mathias Kiwanuka is ready to do whatever it takes to help the Blue win. He and Osi Umenyiora will split time at DE, but Kiwi will also find himself dropping back as a LB in some formations. He spoke to reporters today....

Q: You personally came into camp and everybody was questioning who was going to start at (defensive) end. Does it make a difference at this point?A: No. I said before that the offseason is all about the individual. You spend the time in the offseason trying to ready yourself individually and you focus on what you have to focus on as an individual. But once the season starts, once camp comes, you've got to put all that aside and it's whatever is better for the team. For us, we know that if we win a championship then everybody is going to be happy, and that's the only goal that we have.

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Nice sack by Mathias Kiwanuka in deep red zone play but if you look closely, the sack was set up by a blown play. Barry Cofield had a wide open shot at a square hit on Ben Rothlisberger but bit on a pump fake and turned up field. Kiwanuka didn't bite.
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Giants' DE At Career Crossroads

All is not quiet on the defensive front.

We've been telling you about the battle at defensive end, where Osi Umenyiora is determined to get his starting job back?after he missed the 2008 season and struggled last year.

Umenyiora said the right things when asked about his role on Tuesday, but when asked what would happen if he didn't start, he said this:

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ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk has a must-read for Giants' fans?identifying five things to look for in mini-camp?as the team reports to the Meadowlands?today for the first of three mandatory camp days.

Here's a summary and some thoughts:

Middle Linebacker: Considered to be?the most watched competition in camp as Jonathan Goff, Phillip Dillard, Gerris Wilkinson, and Chase Blackburn try to convince coaches that they have what it takes to replace Antonio Pierce. Goff is said to be the early leader.

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