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Justin Tuck: 80 tackles, 8.5 sacks
The big question concerning Tuck is his health. At least two years in a row, Tuck has been bothered by assorted injuries that at times have turned him into a shell of his former dominating self.
He reportedly didn't have any offseason surgery, instead choosing to rest his ailments and work on gradually rebuilding his strength.
For all the care he took, Tuck still experienced some back spasms early in the preseason that kept him out of practice and the preseason opener. More recently, he's been dealing with a mild hamstring strain, though the latter injury didn't keep him out of action for long.
Still, if injuries become a lingering issue, that could affect his numbers this year.
Mathias Kiwanuka: 90 tackles, 11.0 sacks
Kiwanuka finally moves back to his natural defensive end position full-time after several years as the team's strong-side linebacker, a position for which he was never really the best fit.
Of the top three defensive ends on the team, Kiwanuka is perhaps the healthiest. Kiwanuka is motivated, which means he could surprise and have the best year statistically among the defensive ends.
Jason Pierre-Paul: 65 tackles, 9.0 sacks
Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery in early June in order to repair a herniated disc, with a prognosis having him ready for Week 1 of the regular season.
However, there has been some debate between general manager Jerry Reese, who has gone on the record as saying he believes Pierre-Paul will be ready for opening day, and Pierre-Paul himself, who said he's not going to rush himself back before he's ready.
Assuming he is ready to go, he'll likely have some rust that needs to be knocked off, so his production, which should be better than last year's, probably won't be quite as high as it was in 2011.
Damontre Moore: 30 tackles, 2.0 sacks
The Giants' third-round draft pick dazzled in training camp. But a shoulder contusion cost him a few practices as well as the second and third preseason games, depriving the coaches of a chance to see what this promising rookie is able to do against a higher level of competition.
The big question concerning Moore, a pass-rusher, is how well he'll hold up against the run. For this reason, his snaps might be limited at first until he can show he can handle the higher competition level as well as he did the second- and third-stringers.