LB Roundup

Want to know why New York didn't draft a linebacker until the second day of the NFL draft when most pegged that spot as one of the team's biggest needs?

Because, the Giants believe they are set at linebacker. Former top pick DE Mathias Kiwanuka is officially considered the starter on the strong side and is backed up by Reggie Torbor.

New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said he wasn't worried about Kiwi's ability to make the transition.

"There's a learning curve but football's football," he said.

Spagnuolo also stated that Kiwanuka seemed very receptive to the position switch.

Pro Bowler Antonio Pierce returns in the middle with Chase Blackburn in reserve.

"I've been very impressed with AP," Spagnuolo said.

On the weak side, newly-signed Kawika Mitchell gets the top spot on the depth chart over last year's third-round pick Gerris Wilkinson.

According to linebackers coach Bill Sheridan, both guys can play but Mitchell's much higher level of experience makes him the man at the outset of training camp.

Spagnuolo made it a point to mention that he wants all of his outside linebackers to know both sides and to be interchangeable.

Sheridan added that it's unlikely that the Giants will re-sign free agent Brandon Short because the club basically has no room for him on the roster.

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