EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Today's edition of The Mailbag on Giants.com.
With the possibility of Jason Pierre-Paul missing time early in the season, could the Giants bring back a serviceable defensive end like Dave Tollefson to add stability to the position, especially because he knows the defense, rather than bring in a free agent like John Abraham (who the Giants will not overpay for, anyway)?Dear Rob:
*I don't see the Giants immediately bringing in another veteran defensive end. JPP could miss some early-season games, though hope remains that he will be ready for the Sept. 8 opener in Dallas. But the Giants have defensive ends who can step in during his absence. Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka will be the starters and Arian Tracy, Adewale Ojomo and third-round draft choice Damontre Moore are also in the mix. The Giants will likely wait until they have a better idea when JPP will return before they decide whether to add another end.
*With JPP having surgery will Adewale Ojomo and Damontre Moore get a chance at more playing time, or is Adrian Tracy ahead of them in the lineup? Ojomo showed promise last preseason and Moore has great skills and I'd like to see some of them this year. Also is it possible that either of them grabs the starting job while JPP is out, pushing Kiwi (Mathias Kiwanuka) back to linebacker?
*Kiwanuka is back to playing defensive end fulltime, so that will not change regardless of what happens around him. Until JPP returns he will be the starting right end and he will play frequently when the two-time Pro Bowler returns to the lineup. Tracy is currently ahead of Ojomo and Moore because he is talented and has the edge in experience. Ojomo has to build on his strong 2012 preseason. Moore was impressive in the spring, but he has to prove he can produce in the NFL once they put the pads on in training camp.