Has Kiwanuka been the Giants' best DE?

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Well, that's exactly what Star-Ledger beat man Mike Garafolo is suggesting in his latest blog post. I still think Mathias Kiwanuka's success has a lot to do with how much respect opposing teams show Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, but Garafolo makes a pretty convincing case.

"He has only two of the team’s 14 sacks, but by an unofficial count he has nine pressures -- almost double the five Umenyiora and tackle Fred Robbins have each compiled to tie for second on the team," writes Garafolo. "Plus, in Sunday’s victory over the Raiders, Kiwanuka had three tackles for a loss, doubling his season total of three coming into the game."

Kiwanuka hates the fact that he doesn't start, but that hasn't kept him from being a defensive force early in the season. I used to think he was somewhat of a liability against the run, but I've noticed that he's using his incredibly long arms to his advantage in holding off blockers and making plays near the line of scrimmage. He could end up being an unsung hero for the '09 Giants.