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Eisen's Mailbag: Starting Defensive Ends

Once JPP is back who's going to take the starting opposite spot, Tuck or Kiwanuka?

Dear Charles:
I'm going to assume it will be Tuck, because I think he will do nothing to lose his job. When everyone is healthy, I think JPP will be the right end, Tuck will line up on the left side and Kiwanuka will be the primary backup, with potential assistance from Adrian Tracy and Damontre Moore.

With some great free agents still available, would it be a good idea to sign a running back for depth? I just hope Andre Brown and David Wilson stay healthy. Da'Rel Scott does not have a handle on the pro game, if he ever will.

Dear John:
At some point the Giants might want to acquire another back, but it's too early to think about that now. Every team is now evaluating what it has in training camp. Wilson and Brown are 1-2 in the Giants' backfield. I think you're a little hard on Scott. He hasn't had a lot of opportunities and was hurt most of last season. Give him a chance to prove himself. The same is true of Ryan Torain and rookie Michael Cox. The Giants have some depth now. If they want to add someone in the regular season, they will.

Of all the years of covering the Giants, who is your favorite player as a fan and as someone who works with them?

Dear Neil:
These questions make me feel old. For those who don't know, I'm beginning my 28th season around the Giants and my 14th season with the organization. It's very hard for me to select just a few players. From a fan's perspective, I enjoyed watching the very best players – Taylor, Simms, Strahan, Barber, Armstead and Manning, to name just a very few. On another level, I've enjoyed covering Jeff Hostetler, Carl Banks, Justin Tuck, Lawrence Tynes, Chris Snee, Corey Webster…and dozens of others.

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