"I definitely feel good," he said. "It was up and down like I knew it was going to be. It was a process. But I'm ready to play. The most exciting thing right now is that I'm going to be out there with (Michael) Strahan and all these guys as a starter."
Kiwanuka, New York's top-round pick in 2006, said he's right on schedule.
"I feel like I'm there, where I thought I was going to be," he said. "It was so up in the air because I had never switched positions before. So I didn't know exactly what to expect. But from the time I started progressing I feel comfortable about where I am."
Fellow starting linebacker Kawika Mitchell has noticed Kiwi's improvement.
"Obviously at first it was a little rough for him but he's been developing and progressing every single day," Mitchell said. "Every preseason game he's been getting better and better. It'll still be a growing process but I think he's at a point right now where he can step into a game with some confidence.
"I think he's where he should be. He'll still be growing during the season, but I think he's definitely ready to step into the game and do a great job."
Kiwanuka was champing at the bit to get the season underway – to say the least.
"I can't wait. I can't wait," he smiled. "This is like a dream come true. I'm getting a chance to play and to be named a starter at the beginning of the year. It's a privilege and a great honor."
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