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    MARKUS KUHN ANXIOUS TO COMPETE FOR A SPOT ON CROWDED GIANTS' DEPTH CHART

    "New York
    Giants
    rookie defensive tackle Markus
    Kuhn
    has quite the challenge ahead of him. Selected late in the seventh
    round, the NC State alum will compete for a spot on arguably the best defensive
    line in football.
    He will do so without the security afforded to early and mid-round picks that
    are all but guaranteed a roster spot in their first year.


    To complicate things for Kuhn, there may be no room at the metaphorical inn.
    In the hours leading up to the draft, the Giants acquired a replacement for
    Rocky Bernard when they signed veteran DT Shaun
    Rogers
    . Though both Kuhn and Rogers are listed at 6’4, the latter weighs in
    at 350 lbs; a full 51 lbs heavier than the incoming rookie.




    With Chris Canty and Linval Joseph retaining their starting roles and Rogers
    penciled in as the first reserve, Marvin
    Austin
    claims the fourth slot on the depth chart before Kuhn even enters the
    picture.




    The Giants thought that they were stealing another first round pick in 2011
    when they drafted Austin in the second round. Once one of the most dominant DTs
    in college football,
    the former UNC star missed his final collegiate season due to suspension. After
    his draft stock plummeted out of the opening round, his NFL stock took a
    hit when he needed to be placed on IR after only his second preseason game.




    Still, the Giants are hopeful that Austin can develop into a formidable DT
    despite being away from the game for the better part of two full seasons.





    Though he understands the reality of the crowded depth chart, Kuhn isn’t
    phased. On Monday, he told The
    Wolfpacker
    ,
    "I don't really set myself too many long-term goals, I
    always say if you work hard, good things are going to happen. As of right now,
    the next goal is to get there, be good in rookie minicamp and work hard during
    the strength and conditioning. Hopefully, I'll get a chance and make the 53-man
    roster."




    Kuhn also admitted that though he is officially listed as a DT on the depth
    chart, his role with the Giants is still unclear. While this week’s rookie
    mini-camp will likely shed some light on the team’s plans, Kuhn’s experience at
    DE will help him survive past final cuts.




    His best numbers came during his senior season. In 2011 he notched 50
    tackles, including 4.5 sacks as a DT. His career began, however, as both a DE
    and an OLB.




    The Giants tend to only carry four true DTs on the final roster, due to the
    high rate at which they rotate their outside pass rushers to the interior. With
    the loss of reliable reserve Dave Tollefson, New York will be looking for capable pass rusher that can
    bring pressure from both the inside and out.




    That person could very well be Kuhn. If he can impress as an end rusher, his
    competition shifts from the bulkier Dwayne
    Hendricks
    to the undersized Justin
    Trattou
    .




    Both Trattou and Hendricks spent time on the active roster in 2011 but
    Trattou currently enjoys a better chance of making 2012’s. Far too small to be
    an interior rusher, Trattou is now the fourth DE on the depth chart. Hendricks
    is far too large to play DE and even if he beats out Kuhn, it is unlikely there
    will be a spot for a fifthDT without one of the top four suffering a
    significant injury.




    Kuhn’s best bet to avoid the practice squad or unemployment is to prove
    himself as a utility D-Lineman that can immediately serve as a reliable reserve
    wherever he is needed. If he can do that, he’ll find himself in a fairly even
    battle with an incumbent Trattou."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Re: MARKUS KUHN ANXIOUS TO COMPETE FOR A SPOT ON CROWDED GIANTS' DEPTH CHART

    I like everything I read and hear about this guy.
    No one remembers who came in second.

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      Re: MARKUS KUHN ANXIOUS TO COMPETE FOR A SPOT ON CROWDED GIANTS' DEPTH CHART



      [quote user="jomo"]I like everything I read and hear about this guy.[/quote]




      i love "motor" guys, this guy sounds like he has a "motor" and we'll coach him up from there

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      • #4
        Re: MARKUS KUHN ANXIOUS TO COMPETE FOR A SPOT ON CROWDED GIANTS' DEPTH CHART

        If he shows he can play DE he has a much better chance of sticking.

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        • #5
          Re: MARKUS KUHN ANXIOUS TO COMPETE FOR A SPOT ON CROWDED GIANTS' DEPTH CHART

          [quote user="jomo"]I like everything I read and hear about this guy.[/quote]

          Me too, except he is already 26. Hopefully he can contribute right away

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          • #6
            Re: MARKUS KUHN ANXIOUS TO COMPETE FOR A SPOT ON CROWDED GIANTS' DEPTH CHART

            Read on twitter that he is not participating in minicamp due to a non football related leg laceration suffered recently

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