Giants' Kiwanuka back at DE with Pierre-Paul out

06/06/2013 4:15 PM ET
By The Associated Press

The Giants will lean on the versatile Mathias Kiwanuka in Jason Pierre-Paul's absence.(AP)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Mathias Kiwanuka is going back to being a defensive end for the New York Giants - and as a starter.

Kiwanuka was thrust into the starting job earlier this week when Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back.

Starting isn't anything new for Kiwanuka. The question for the former Boston College star that was the Giants' first-round pick in 2006 has always been where. He has 62 career starts - 31 as a defensive end and 31 as a linebacker.

There is no doubt Kiwanuka is a better defensive end, but the Giants have had a plethora of ends with Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Pierre-Paul. As a result, Kiwanuka took one for the team and used his versatility to play linebacker.

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