NY Giants' Positional Review: Special Teams
Excerpt: "For our final New York Giants' positional review, we will hit on the special teams. This is really a look at three players -- punter Steve Weatherford, placekicker Lawrence Tynes and long-snapper Zak DeOssie.
Steve Weatherford, Punter
Weatherford really is amazing. He came to the Giants never having averaged more than 43.8 yards per punt during the first five seasons of his career. He averaged 45.7 yards per punt with the Giants in 2011 and bettered that in 2012 with an outstanding 47.5 yards per punt average.How has he improved his leg strength so much? Well, you try the Weatherford workout.
Weatherford finished eighth in the league in yards per punt despite never really having been considered a guy who boomed the ball. He was 11th in the league in percentage of punts inside the 20-yard line with 37.9 percent.
The Giants handed Weatherford a five-year, $12.75-million contract after the 2011 season, and he is certainly in the process of earning his money.
Lawrence Tynes, Placekicker
Tynes started the 2012 season kicking at a Pro Bowl level. He made 29 of his first 32 field-goal attempts, but made only 4-of-7 over the last five weeks of the season. He missed a 43-yarder in a 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins, a 36-yarder the week after that against the New York Orleans Saints and a 30-yarder in a 34-0 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He finished 33-of-39 for the season. His 84.6 field-goal percentage was 18th in the league. There were 15 NFL kickers who did not miss from 30-39 yards. Tynes was 1-for-3 from beyond 50 yards, and there were nine NFL placekickers who made more 50+yard attempts than Tynes tried.
In terms of kickoffs, Tynes' touchback percentage of 25.5 percent placed the Giants 31st in the 32-team NFL. Tynes, 34, is a free agent.
Zak DeOssie, Long-snapper
DeOssie is a solid snapper and could probably continue in that role with the Giants for years to come. He is also outstanding in punt coverage, having made seven solo tackles in 2012. Nothing to worry about here." Read more...
I hope the Giants do bring in a solid kicker. I could let Tynes go if push came to shove. He is not the total reason the Giants lost those games and the Philly game. Everytime we try a 30yd or less FG, its on the Offense.
bring in someone to compete with tynes
Originally Posted by Old Giant
Tynes is a FA. You either bring him back or you don't.
I've never been in love with him, but so long as you don't ask him to kick over 50yds, he's pretty reliable.
+1 When you NEED a kicker to be consistent @ 45+ your offense sucks.
Originally Posted by Mercury
idk, Tynes has his clutch moments, but he missed some pretty short attempts.. and last year's rookie kicker class was great, what with justin tucker and blair walsh, maybe we can find a great kicker in like the 7th rnd or ufa