EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11: Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants celebrates after forcing a fumble against the Oakland Raiders with teammate Osi Umenyiora #72 on October 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Raiders 44-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
When the New York Giants let Osi Umenyiora walk they knew someone would have to step up and replace his production.
According to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, Mathias Kiwanuka is the top choice to fill that void.
The Giants have Jason Pierre-Paul on the other side, however, fellow lineman Justin Tuck has slowed down a little and the team knows they can't survive with only one pass rushing threat. Graziano writes:
'I see Kiwanuka moving up from linebacker to fill in for Tuck while Tuck struggles with health and/or effectiveness. The signings of Kieth Rivers and Dan Connor, plus the expected continued development of youngsters like Jacquain Williams, should give the Giants enough at outside linebacker to allow Kiwanuka to play more defensive end in 2013.'