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KIWANUKA ON THE GIANTS’ LINEBACKERS
Dan Graziano, NFC East blogger for ESPN, had an opportunity to sit down with Mathias Kiwanuka to discuss the Giants’ linebacking corps. Kiwanuka, a defensive end, had played linebacker each of the past two seasons. Here’s what he had to say about his teammates:
Mark Herzlich: “He’s a very cerebral player, and I hate to say that about somebody, because then it sounds like maybe he’s not as good of an athlete. But I went to BC and he wore 94, so I was tuned in the second he stepped on the field. He’s every bit as good of an athlete as you’re going to find on the field.”
Jacquian Williams: “He’s probably one of the faster linebackers out there. I think he’s got the capability of playing nickel in some systems, so it gives us a lot of versatility in terms of what you can do, specifically, on passing downs. You leave him on the field, he can cover any receiver the offense is going to put out there.”
Spencer Paysinger: “Up and comer. I think maybe he didn’t get as much time on the field last year, but he’s a spectacular athlete. I think in his first preseason game you saw that he was all over the field.”
Keith Rivers: “He’s a veteran. He’s a speed guy. If you put him out there and somebody’s going to try to turn that corner on him, you see the wheels turn. I think he’s proven what he can do on the field.”
» Read more of Graziano’s article, Scouting Giants LBs with Kiwanuka.
“When you look at this tape, I mean I made an incredible number of notes on the side and not taking anything away from the Colts, but this game was a lot about what we didn’t do, what we weren’t able to accomplish. When you go right down the line, there are some good things. We held them to 2.7 (rushing average) and they had seven runs of minus yardage. We averaged four yards a clip. Of course we had the … stat in terms of sacks. They sacked us six times, we only got them once. The one key thing for me was the 10 penalties, which were totally the opposite of what the circumstance was the week before. We were 0-for-4 in the green zone, they were one-for-one. As I looked at it, I thought we had the opportunity to intercept five balls, I really did. I thought we had a great chance to have five interceptions and as I looked at the field position and the way in which the ball was driven, there’s three opportunities for touchdowns if you just strictly stay with the minimum. I was disappointed in the fact that we didn’t make those plays and again, they made some and we made a few, but we certainly didn’t make enough. That’s basically the disappointment that I have coming out of this game.” -coach Tom Coughlin
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