I had some time earlier in the day to sit down and interview the Giants starting defensive end as he was getting ready for Thursday's afternoon practice. Here's what he had to say.
PF: How do you think the atmosphere is going to be on Monday night at the New Meadowlands Stadium?
MK: Oh it’s going to be banging. Number one, everybody is going to be excited to be in the new facility because it is definitely first class but you know with the Giants and Jets, it’s always a big game, were excited to play them.
PF: What's your opinion on the new turf? Do you think it has anything to do with Hixon's injury?
MK: It definitely does. Anytime you put a new surface in there’s a little bit of period of adjustment with not just the players, but the people who take care of the turf have to figure out the best way to manage it is. As players we just need to block that out of our head and put our trust in the front office staff knowing that they’re doing everything they can to keep us safe.
PF: Do you think it's a little more broken in now since your last time practicing on it?
MK: We haven't been back on it. I hope so. We haven’t been back on there but I honestly hope so. It was definitely slippery. I think that's the problem with the new turf systems when you put them in. I played at BC (Boston College) when they switched from Astroturf to FieldTurf and it's either too pouros or packed down and you can't get footing, but there's a sweet spot, a middle ground that you have to find. Whether it's limiting or increasing the number of sporting events on there to break it in, I'm not sure.
PF: Are you ready to get back on the field?
MK: Oh yeah, absolutely, I’m ready to play some games, man. This practice stuff is fun but it’s all about playing.
PF: With two weeks of training camp almost completed, in your opinion, how does the defense look?
MK: I think we look great. Obviously it’s a biased opinion but it’s night and day from last year to this year.
PF: Back to that 2007 defense we saw?
MK: Definitely. In my opinion, we’re ready to go.