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current status: Knee injury, injured reserve
#94 DE | 6'5", 267 lbs. | NY Giants
Birth Date:March 8, 1983 (31 years old) Place of Birth:Indianapolis, IN Hometown:Indianapolis, IN College:Boston College
Drafted:Drafted by NY Giants in 2006 (1/32).
Drafted:Drafted by NY Giants in 2006 (1/32).
|Assets:||Possesses excellent skills as a pass rusher. Can move to the D-line and play end or tackle. Has great first-step quickness and the power to bull rush. Twists and stunts well.|
|Flaws:||Weak in pass coverage. Doesn't have top instincts against the run. Needs to work on his decision making. Still misses some tackles. Not an intimidating presence.|
|Career Potential:||Versatile and useful defender.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NFL||Super Bowl||2011 (XLVI - New York Giants), 2007 (XLII - New York Giants)|
Movements & Injuries
|12/02/2014||Knee injury, injured reserve.|
|4/27/2012||Signed by the New York Giants to a three-year contract extension.|
|7/30/2011||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Giants.|
|7/25/2011||Declared free agent.|
|3/01/2011||Contract tendered by the New York Giants.|
|10/28/2010||Neck injury, injured reserve.|
|10/15/2010||Neck injury, out.|
|10/08/2010||Neck injury, out.|
|10/01/2010||Neck injury, out.|
|11/20/2007||Leg injury, injured reserve.|
|7/27/2006||Signed by the New York Giants to a five-year contract.|
|4/29/2006||Drafted by the New York Giants in the 1st round (32nd overall) in 2006.|
Giants DE Kiwanuka takes hefty pay cut | 03/17/2014 6:07 PM
NewsGiants DE Mathias Kiwanuka agreed to a $2.175 million pay cut.
Tom Pelissero on Twitter
ImpactKiwanuka was mentioned as a possible cap casualty following the season. Instead, he's reducing his 2014 base salary from $4.375 million to $1.5 million and receives a $700,000 bonus in return. Kiwi can earn another $125,000 back via incentives. The move created $2.05 million in cap space for the Giants.
Kiwanuka could be a cap casualty in offseason | 12/07/2013 10:48 AM
NewsESPN Giants blogger Dan Graziano believes DE Mathias Kiwanuka could be a cap casualty in the offseason.
ImpactKiwi is in the second year of a four-year, $21.75 million deal. He's scheduled to earn a $4.375 million salary and count over $7 million against the 2014 cap. The Giants would save just $1.8 million in 2014 by cutting him. Kiwanuka has appeared in all 12 games this season, making six starts and recording 24 tackles and four sacks. The G-Men may want to re-sign LE Justin Tuck.
Kiwanuka working as Giants starting RE | 06/09/2013 2:17 PM
NewsMathias Kiwakuna will practice as the Giants' starting right end until Jason Pierre-Paul (back surgery) returns.
ImpactAnd JPP may not be back anytime soon; his Week 1 readiness is in question. After playing linebacker the past two seasons, Kiwi is loving his position re-switch. "To be able to slap your hand in the ground and not have to worry about going from one position to the other, it makes it more comfortable when you're out there," Kiwanuka said. "... It was a move I was looking forward to."
Mathias Kiwanuka wants to play defensive end | 04/18/2013 9:21 AM
NewsJustin Tuck said teammate Mathias Kiwanuka's heart is "set" on playing defensive end this season.
New York Daily News
Giants expected to move Kiwanuka back to DE | 03/25/2013 4:40 PM
NewsESPN New York expects the Giants to move Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end full-time in 2013.
ESPN New York
ImpactKiwanuka struggled at linebacker last season, and may be able to rejuvenate his career at his natural position. With Osi Umenyiora ticketed for Atlanta, Kiwanuka could push LE Justin Tuck across from RE Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants figure to upgrade their linebackers in the draft, but for now have Keith Rivers on the strong side, Jacquian Williams at weak side, and Mark Herzlich in the middle.
Kiwanuka restructures his contract | 02/25/2013 3:26 PM
NewsGiants SLB Mathias Kiwanuka has agreed to convert $1.5 million of his 2013 base salary into a signing bonus, freeing up cap space.
ImpactThe $1.5 million was already a guaranteed portion of Kiwanuka's $2.95 million salary. So he's not losing any money. The simple restructure will give the G-Men a better chance to re-sign key free agents Martellus Bennett and Will Beatty. Kiwanuka, 30, managed just 37 tackles and three sacks as a 2012 role player.
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Tackles||3||3 times-last:vs. SF||last:Week 11||5|
|Assists||3||vs. Ind||Week 9||2|
|Sacks||1||2 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Week 12||2|
|Sacks Yards||8||at Wsh||Week 4||14|
|Fumble Recoveries||0||11 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Week 12||0|
|Defensive TD||0||11 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Week 12||0|
|Interceptions||0||11 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Week 12||0|
|Interceptions Yards||0||11 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Week 12||0|
|Interceptions TD||0||11 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Week 12||0|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Fumble Recoveries||2||2008 (NYG)|
|Interceptions Yards||44||2006 (NYG)|