Duke head coach David Cutcliffe was supervising workouts with the Manning brothers at their passing academy in North Carolina last week. He told ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd yesterday he is as impressed as ever with Eli, who he coached in college at Ole Miss.
As per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York:
“His arm was tremendous during this round,” Cutcliffe said on ESPN Radio. “We do a lot of pure, solid, good old-fashioned fundamental things that we have been doing with him since he has been coming to camp with me at Tennessee and at Ole Miss.
“I just have a good feeling about where he is right now,” Cutcliffe continued. “I thought he left here really on fire and I’m excited about seeing what is going to happen (this season).”
Cutlcliffe also said that both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks looked good at the workouts and that he would have liked to have gotten some time in with Rueben Randle.
With Osi Umenyiora gone, the Giants are looking for another pass rusher for their rotation. Or are they? Perhaps the answer is right in front of them in converted OLB Mathias Kiwanuka, the team’s first round selection in the 2006 NFL draft.
Kiwi has been flip-flopped between DE and OLB the past few seasons and has been featured as a ‘joker’ and in the “NASCAR” package, in which four DEs play the line of scrimmage. He is better suited for the line, and Justin Tuck believes Kiwanuka wants to play there full time.
From Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News:
“I hope he’s a D-end,” Tuck said. “I think that’s the best position for him. I think that’s what he wants to play.
“Obviously if you ask Mathias to play fullback he’ll run to do it. He’s that type of guy. He’s that type of player. He just wants to do what’s best for the team. But I know his heart is set on playing D-end and I think that’s what he’d be successful the most in.
“But that’s not my decision. That’s obviously Kiwi’s and our defensive coordinator’s (decision).”