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Friday, September 4, 2015

New York Giants Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 4, 2015 - punter Brad Wing acquire from Pittsburgh in trade
"To replace Weatherford, the Giants traded a conditional seventh-round draft choice for Brad Wing of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wing, who punted in every game last season for Pittsburgh, became expendable when the Steelers acquired Jordan Berry. Wing and Berry are Australian, but Berry apparently won the punting competition between the two this summer.... Wing, 24, punted 61 times with a 43.7-yard average (38.8-yard net) last season. He also handled Pittsburgh’s holding duties and landed 20 punts inside the 20-yard line. His average of 8.2 yards per return ranked 12th in the N.F.L. in 2014." - NY Times

September 4, 2015 - punter Steve Weatherford released
"The Giants have released punter Steve Weatherford, a source confirmed to NJ Advance Media. The individual requested anonymity because the team has not yet announced the move. NFL Media's Rand Getlin first reported the release. By making the move, the Giants will save over $2 million against the salary cap, according to spotrac.com. Weatherford, a fan favorite, has been with the Giants for the past four seasons. But he has struggled this preseason, especially when it comes to the directional style of punting head coach Tom Coughlin values. Weatherford, who struggled in 2014 as he battled injuries, beat out challenger Robert Malone when Malone was cut prior to the Giants' preseason finale on Thursday night against the Patriots. But Coughlin said prior to Malone's release that whoever emerged from the Giants' two punters in camp would still have to compete against the waiver wire. And that now appears to be the case." - NJ.com

September 2, 2015 - kicker Chris Boswell re-signed, Josh Brown injured
"The Giants announced that they've re-signed kicker Chris Boswell, who was with them in minicamp and early in training camp, to handle kicking duties for Thursday's game. Brown injured a hamstring while making a special teams tackle in the second game of the preseason against Jacksonville. And while he did kick Saturday night against the Jets, he has been held out of practice for a while now, and the team doesn't feel comfortable sending him out there Thursday. The Giants believe Brown will be ready for the Week 1 game Sept. 13 against the Cowboys in Dallas, but obviously if he can't return to practice next week there's a chance they might have to keep two kickers on the 53-man roster or make alternate plans." - ESPN

August 16, 2015 - kicker/punter Chris Boswell released

January 7, 2015 - kicker/punter Chris Boswell signed to futures contract
"Boswell was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft and spent time on the team’s practice squad. Boswell has experience both place kicking and punting. Boswell has a strong leg, which also aids him on kickoffs."- Big Blue Interactive

December 29, 2014 - kicker Josh Brown has career year
"Brown made 24 of 26 field goal attempts, a 92.3 percent success rate that was the highest in Giants history for a kicker with a minimum of 14 attempts. One of his misses was a block last week against the Rams. Brown also made all 44 of his extra point tries for 116 points, the third-highest total of his career (he scored 127 with Seattle in 2007 and 125 with St. Louis in 2010). He was tied for 10th in the NFL with 46 touchbacks. 'Forty-plus touchbacks, 92 percent, one legitimate miss – yeah, I would say this is the best year I’ve ever had,' Brown said. 'I’m performing at the highest level I’ve ever played. It makes me feel like I can continue to be here and can continue to stay in the mix as long as I continue to work the way that I’m working'." - Giants

December 15, 2014 - punter Steve Weatherford nominated for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award 
"Weatherford is one of 32 nominees in the National Football League for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Weatherford has been an active philanthropist in New York, where he lives and is the punter for the New York Giants, as well as in his hometown. Weatherford hosts the Rush the Punter 5K and Kick for Kids events in Terre Haute that fund school education programs. Weatherford posted a reaction on his Facebook page: 'I am incredibly honored to nominated for the Walter Payton 'Man of the Year' award. A special THANK YOU to my friends, fans, and family for all the love and support!' Weatherford also founded the World Champion Foundation. According to his website, the foundation is 'combining his love for physical activities that bring families together, his admiration of those inspired kids who make a difference in their communities, and a lifelong crusade to provide nutrition and fitness information to children and their parents, the World Champion Foundation becomes the focal point of all Steve’s life changing programs'." - Tribune Star 

December 7, 2014 - Josh Brown kicks five field goals in win over Titans
"Kicker Josh Brown had more points during a 36-7 win Week 14 at Tennessee than he had total in the previous three games. Brown totaled a season-best 18 points Week 14. The veteran kicker made field goals of 19, 20, 36, 42 and 52 yards. The 52-yarder was his longest this season and his second make of at least 50 yards in 2014." - CBS Sports

September 10, 2014 - punter Steve Weatherford injury update
"Weatherford hasn't ruled out playing in Sunday's home opener against Arizona, but he did not practice Wednesday after suffering ligament damage in his left ankle during Monday's 21-point loss in Detroit. 'It's my plant foot, so it's weight-bearing,' said Weatherford, who finished Monday's game but left the locker room in a walking boot. Kicker Josh Brown has punted in an NFL game and did it occasionally while playing collegiately at Nebraska. Coach Tom Coughlin said he hopes it doesn't come to that, but he did have Brown stand in with the punt team on Wednesday. The Giants could also sign a punter for the week." - Wall Street Journal

September 8, 2014 - punter Steve Weatherford has high ankle sprain
"Weatherford reportedly suffered a high ankle sprain when he was roughed on a punt late in the first quarter Monday night against the Detroit Lions. Weatherford, who had a punt partially blocked earlier in the quarter, was hit by Detroit's Jerome Couplin and his left foot twisted awkwardly underneath Couple. Weatherford continued to punt and to hold for placekicker Josh Brown, but was in obvious discomfort throughout the remainder of the game." - Big Blue View

August 28, 2014 - Josh Brown kicks game winner in preseason finale
"With the score tied in the final minute Thursday night, Brown prepared to kick a 37-yard field goal that could clinch both a Giants victory and a perfect preseason. The ball split the uprights with 38 seconds remaining in MetLife Stadium and the Giants defeated the New England Patriots, 16-13, to finish their preseason schedule at 5-0. 'I think any time that you can put yourself into that situation, practice that moment (it’s helpful),' Brown said. 'It doesn’t happen all the time, so when you get the opportunity, it’s good for everybody. It’s good for the O-line, it’s good for the opposing team to get to rush that, it’s good for me to be able to kick it. It’s good for everybody to know that feeling and to be able to kind of just dissolve the situation and do the job.' The 12-year veteran secured the Giants’ kicking job for a second season when the team traded young challenger Brandon McManus to the Denver Broncos on Tuesday. Brown made all three of his field goal attempts against New England (from 24, 45 and 37 yards) and was four-for-four this preseason. He also had three touchbacks Thursday to increase his total to nine." - Giants

August 26, 2014 - kicker Brandon McManus released
"Don’t be surprised if McManus also is claimed on waivers. Via the New York Times, McManus has made a 75-yard field goal in practice, and his kickoffs routinely exit the end zone with 10 yards to spare. 'I think McManus has got a real big upside once it all starts clicking for him,' special-team coordinator Tom Quinn told the Times." - NBC Sports

August 9, 2014 - second preseason game
"The battle between veteran Josh Brown and rookie Brandon McManus to become the Giants' kicker is too close to call. Each player kicked a first-half field goal, Brown connecting from 45 yards and McManus from 46. Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said earlier that to win the job, McManus will have to beat out Brown." - Newsday

August 3, 2014 - kicker Josh Brown makes history
"Even before the first quarter of the Hall of Fame game between the Bills and Giants had ended Sunday, New York placekicker Josh Brown already had made history. That's because he became the first kicker in NFL history to attempt a 33-yard extra point. And he nailed it. After New York scored its first points of the exhibition season on an Andre Williams 3-yard rushing touchdown, the Giants special teams set up at the 15-yard line, instead of the normal 2-yard line. That's because the NFL is experimenting through the first two weeks of preseason games with longer extra points in order to make a successful conversion a little less automatic." - CBS

July 27, 2014 - kicking competition
"The life of a kicker in the NFL is not a secure one, as Josh Brown knows, so he was not surprised when the Giants signed former Temple kicker Brandon McManus to come into camp and compete with him for the job. McManus has looked good so far. Brown has too, but McManus has uncommon leg strength and the kind of ability that could win him the job if he keeps hitting all of his field goals. He offers more on kickoffs than Brown does, because he's more likely to kick the ball out of the end zone reliably. And while it's still too early to handicap this, and much will come down to what happens in the Giants' five preseason games, the competition is legit. 'You're not over here hugging each other,' Brown said before Giants practice Sunday. 'There's things more important than football. There's no Tonya Hardings out here. It is cordial. But there's an understanding that, 'You're trying to take something from me. And I have three kids you're trying to take it from too.' And that's personal. But it's not his fault he's here. He's good. And they chose to bring him in. So it's up to me to be efficient and try to apply the pressure to him'."- ESPN

June 20, 2014 - the kickers
"Someone asked special teams coordinator Tom Quinn how kicker Josh Brown has looked so far, and Quinn responded by saying that Brown and fellow kicker Brandon McManus, a rookie out of Temple, have looked very good. Quinn said he sees a training camp competition for the job between Brown and McManus. 'I see everything as a competition,' Quinn said. 'I really like McManus. I liked him coming out. I thought he was a really good kicker coming out of Temple. He's kicked in the Northeast at a high level, and I think he's got a lot of upside.' Brown kicked just fine for the Giants last year, but there's never any harm in finding out if you can upgrade at a spot like that. Quinn said both guys have been practicing the extra points from the 15-yard line, which the NFL will use on an experimental basis this preseason (the Giants and Bills in their first three preseason games because they have the extra one, everyone else in their first two), and that they've 'handled that very well'."  - ESPN

March 12, 2014 - kicker Josh Brown re-signed
"In his first season with the Giants in 2013, Josh Brown made 23 of 26 field goal attempts, a percentage of 88.5 that is the third-highest in Giants history (minimum 15 attempts). John Carney hit 92.1 percent (35 of 38) in 2008 and Brad Daluiso made 88.9 percent (24 of 27) in 1996. Brown also made all 31 of his extra point tries for 100 points, his eighth 100-point season. From Oct. 21 to Dec. 29, Brown succeeded on a Giants-record 17 consecutive field goal attempts. The streak ended when he was wide left on a 50-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter of the season finale vs. Washington. Brown had set the mark on a game-winning 45-yarder in overtime the previous week at Detroit." - NY Giants

March 10, 2014 - punter Steve Weatherford contract restructured
"Weatherford has restructured his contract, a source confirmed Monday night.. The news was first reported by ESPN.  While the terms of Weatherford's restructure remain unknown, he was the second Giants player to redo his deal on Monday as the team freed up money to wheel and deal in the free agent market. Guard Chris Snee also reworked his deal, and, without Weatherford's restructure, the Giants were set to have around $24 million in cap room. Weatherford was set to earn $2.2 million in 2014." - NY Daily News

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