Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/8/13
Just like that, the New York Giants, famous for their signature expertise in getting after the quarterback, are suddenly finding themselves looking to fill a huge void in that department before the season begins. As if losing Osi Umenyora wasn't enough, Jason Pierre-Paul, their leading pass-rusher last season, will be out for a while with a herniated disc that he'll need surgery for. Best case scenario is that he could return in time for the season opener, but that's likely just wishful thinking. "I’m hoping, but I wouldn’t say that,” Coughlin said, via Tom Pedulla of the New York Times. “That is an aggressive position to take. If anybody can do it, it is him. But I would like to wait and see.” All hope would seem to rest on 8-year veteran Mathias Kiwanuka, who'll switch over to defensive end from his previous linebacker position. The transition should be smooth enough for Kiwanuka. “That was the position I came into this league playing, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” he said. “Obviously, we would love to have [Pierre-Paul] back, and I’m sure he’ll be back ready to go at a certain point. But we’re not going to rush him back for any reason.” Other options worth experimenting with are Adrian Tracy and rookie Damontre Moore. “I’m really pleased with where Tracy is,” DL coach Robert Nunn said. “He’s farther along than he has been.”  “Damontre came in and flashed some good things. He’s got a long way to go, a lot to learn in a short time,” he added.
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  • Losing Osi means nothing, his skills were diminishing and his claim that he will be Defensive Player of the Year is laughable. He may have something left in his tank but he's a shell of the player he once was. Kiwanuka will tear it up this year because he will finally be able to concentrate on just DE and not LB. JPP will come back stronger than ever, hell, what is he like 22 years old. It was obvious he was hurting last season, I see him racking up at least 15 or more sacks this year. They have also bolstered their LB Corp with some nice off season pickups, especially Curry who knows he didn't take his draft status seriously in 2009 when the Seahawks made him the 4th overall pick in the First Round. I can see Curry menacing QB's from the corner. GO GIANTS!!!!
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