New York Giants: Mathis Kiwanuka

Highlights from Gilbride, Fewell sessions

October, 18, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Each Thursday, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell speak with the media.

Here are a few highlights from those sessions this week:

GILBRIDE

• Wideout Hakeem Nicks practiced for the second straight day on Thursday. He was limited, but that's still a promising sign. In previous weeks, Nicks has practiced just once as he tries to recover from his foot and knee injuries.

Gilbride was asked about Nicks on Thursday: "He's getting better. Unfortunately, it's a lengthy process getting back to where he was. He is definitely better this week than he was the week before. You're encouraged by seeing him do some things maybe he couldn't have done last week. It's a matter of just continuing to see that growth and return to where he was before he was injured."

• Rookie running back David Wilson is still trying to earn back the coaches' full trust, after that fumble in Week 1 against the Cowboys.

Wilson had a career-high seven carries for 35 yards against the 49ers last week.

"I think he's trying to do the right thing," Gilbride said of protecting the football. "I think he knows that's an area he's had problems with in the past. It's an area that is exploited more cleverly and with more efficiency at this level. It happened to him early in his career so he's highly sensitized to it. If it becomes a continual problem, it'll diminish his opportunities, so he's certainly conscious about it. He's trying to do the right thing and the more he continues to do the right thing, the more opportunities he'll get to play."

FEWELL

• Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka was shifted to the defensive line for a bunch of snaps against the 49ers last week. Fewell was asked if the Giants will do that again moving forward.

"That was a specific game plan situation," Fewell said. "We felt like we were going out on the West Coast and we had to have a good rotation because we did a couple of things different with [Jason Pierre-Paul] and so it was a specific game plan situation for us."

Kiwanuka had his first sack of the season last week. "We thought he performed extremely well," Fewell said. "He played about 40 snaps and there were very few minuses in there and I was very pleased with his performance."

• One player the Giants will likely be missing this coming Sunday is second-year linebacker Jacquian Williams, who suffered a knee injury against the 49ers.

"It's a blow to our defense not to have him because we like his speed, we like his aggressiveness and I thought he performed well for us last week also," Fewell said.

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