Did Kiwi pass first test?

The Giants couldn't have been happier that Carolina appeared to be attacking converted linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka on Saturday night.

On a conference call the day after New York dropped a 24-21 preseason-opening decision to the Panthers, coach Tom Coughlin said Carolina's game-plan was just fine with him.

"In the first quarter, Carolina did a lot of things which involved Kiwanuka," Coughlin said. "He had some great learning experiences because of that. He couldn't have asked for a better situation. He didn't have to just go out there and line up and the ball went away from him. He had to be involved in some motion adjustments, he had to be involved in coverages and step up against the run. We couldn't ask for a better opportunity if you scripted it, to put a guy who's had a position change in a position where he had to perform multiple roles. I think that was a real plus for us."

"It was a good learning experience," Kiwanuka said. "I still have some work to do, but I feel good about getting the first live action under my belt. The more and more live action I get, the better it will be for me, the more comfortable I will become. It wasn't as good as I wanted to be, but obviously my goal is to just get better and better each time I come out and play the position. ..

Coughlin stated that despite Carolina's ability to run wild, it didn't create any additional urgency for resolving Michael Strahan's situation. Strahan's holdout today reached 18 days as he continues to consider retiring.

"We have to get the situation corrected with the team that is here on the field," Coughlin said. "Obviously, not just one guy is going to button things up like that. I don't know that I can speculate on any of those kinds of things. The group that is here has to adjust this. One thing that I am impressed with is the way in which Justin Tuck played (Saturday) night. It was very, very encouraging."...

Coughlin reported just two injuries from the game, neither of them serious. Rookie tight end Kevin Boss has a shoulder contusion and the coach isn't certain if he will practice on Monday. Wide receiver Marco Thomas, a rookie free agent, has a sore groin.

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