On Mathias Kiwanuka’s move to DL, Stevie Brown’s role

It is only speculation that Mathias Kiwanuka will play along the Giants defensive line, according to Giants.com, though general manager Jerry Reese did hint at the move prior to the NFL Draft last month.

“He will probably play more on the defensive line” this year,” the GM said.

With the shakeup along the defensive line this off-season — losing Osi Umenyiora to the Falcons — Kiwanuka can serve as another pass rusher to complement Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, who will line up at numerous positions up front.

The position shift will likely be tested out at the coming minicamps. Moving Kiwanuka to the D-line does weaken the Giants’ linebacking corps, which right now is comprised of Keith Rivers, Dan Connor, Jacquian Williams and Mark Herzlich.

The team is reportedly considering free-agent linebacker Aaron Curry, the former fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft who was cut by both Seattle and Oakland.

On Stevie Brown

The team had to decide between Kenny Phillips and Stevie Brown this off-season. Brown ranked second in the NFL with eight interceptions, while Phillips sat out with numerous injuries.

The Giants chose Brown. And with Phillips now an Eagle, Brown is the obvious choice to start at safety opposite of Antrel Rolle.

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