The right end is one of the most exciting players to watch in the 4-3 defense. His primary function is to rush around the left tackle and sack the quarterback. A right-handed passer almost always has his back turned to the right defensive end, also known as the blindside rusher.
Jason Pierre-Paul has started on the right edge since 2011, when the Giants won the Super Bowl by riding his heroic efforts. Although his sack totals have sunk to embarrassing depths (6.5 sacks in 2012, 2.0 in 2013), Pierre-Paul will hold tight to this starting job unless someone forces it away from him.
The player with the best shot to usurp JPP's role is Damontre Moore. The 2013 third-round pick was a sack-master at Texas A&M (26.5 sacks in three seasons), and he must soon unleash that ability as a professional. Moore is perfect for the right end position because he lacks ideal size to defend the run; his lean 6'5", 250-pound frame, however, is perfectly designed for a speed-rusher to get around the edge.
Moore may not be cut out to hold his own as a left end. So, if he is good enough to start, Moore is more likely to displace Pierre-Paul on the right, sending JPP to the strong side.
Veteran Mathias Kiwanuka is used in a multitude of roles, one of them being right defensive end. Kiwi will contribute in some capacity on the right side, but he is a subpar pass-rusher and his run-defending ability is better utilized on the left side.
One player who could get into the mix at right end is undrafted free agent Emmanuel Dieke, a 23-year-old Georgia Tech product. Dieke, 6'6" and 257 pounds, was a starting D-end in college, although not a very productive one. He will need to show off some serious pass-rushing moves in training camp and the preseason to land a roster spot.