New York Giants Cut Five Players 6/21/10

June 21, 2010

The New York Giants got right to business on Monday morning, following this father’s day weekend. The G-Men cut five players today, on the official first day of summer (summer solstice) and one of them might surprise you. Throughout the minicamp practices, two players were locked in a battle for a starting role. Of course, it isn’t the most sexy position but punters Matt Dodge and Jy Bond have finally found out who won the fight.

Punter Jy Bond was cut from the team today, so it looks like rookie Matt Dodge will be the New York Giants punter this season. Ex-Giants punter Jeff Feagles was spotted working with the guys during minicamp. I loved hearing that he was coaching/helping at the stadium and wonder if GM Jerry Reese has already offered him a coaching job with the team?

The Giants official website said that the team needed to cut these five players in order to make room to sign their draft picks. So far, rookie safety Chad Jones is the only rookie to sign (4-year deal) with the team. Does the fact that the team only released five players, mean that only five out of the remaining six rookies will be signed? Who would seem to be the odd man out in this scenario?

The players who are safe include S Chad Jones. DE Jason Pierre-Paul, LB Phillip Dillard, DT Linval Joseph, OG Mitch Petrus and P Matt Dodge. That leaves rookie LB/DE Adrian Tracy the odd man out from what I can see happening. The only player I can see him going up against out of this draft class, is OG Mitch Petrus. One of those two guys will be gone before the season starts and if I had to bet, I would say Adrian Tracy will be gone. We still need to see who the team decides to replace WR Domenik Hixon with. Hixon will miss the entire 2010 season with a torn ACL. We are almost at the end of June, which is one of the more quiet months for NFL news. Things will begin to pick up speed in July though.

Let’s take a look at the five players who were cut today 6/21/10.

– Jy Bond, P

– Vince Anderson, DB

– Carson Butler, TE

– Lee Campbell, LB

– Micah Johnson, LB

What do you think about the five players that were cut today? Were there any you hoped would make the final roster?

RD –

2010 New York Giants: Kickers and Punters

April 8, 2010

I will try to make this as quick as possible for all of you that hate kickers. The truth of the matter is that this is an area of the team that has not been performing very well. There are four Kickers/Punters on the 2010 new York Giants roster currently. Field position and field goals are a very important part of the game, they need work in this area. Let’s begin with K Lawrence Tynes. The Giants fans I have talked to about Tynes seem to be split on their opinions. Some still remember the fateful day back during the 2007 season, when Tynes beat the Packers to send Big Blue to the Super Bowl. Others think he has been less then reliable when we needed some FG points. Personally, I would like to see Tynes replaced but only if it is a better kicker. I’m sure the front office is shaking their heads saying “Really? a better kicker, now that’s an original idea” but what I mean is, if no solid veteran kicker is available, I guess Tynes will have to do for now. Even though, my stomach turns to knots every time he lines up for a FG. The New York Giants will never draft a kicker or punter.

Jeff Feagles is a seasoned veteran and mostly known as the best directional punter to ever play the game. He is a true weapon to have on your team. Father time seems to be catching up with Feagles who has played in 22 NFL seasons. His numbers were off last year and he didn’t seem to be getting the same distance that coaches and fans have grown accustomed to. Still, the team decided to re-sign Feagles to a one year deal and see how much he has left in the tank. Any true football fan loves Feagles because of his toughness and longevity. He remains one of the only lights that could ever shine on the punter position.

K Sam Swank and P Jy Bond are on the roster as training camp motivation. I doubt that either of these guys will be on the team once the season starts. It would take a Herculean effort to replace P Feagles or K Tynes at this point. Out of the two, Swank has the better chance of making something happen.

What do you think about the current 2010 New York Giants Kickers/Punters situation?

Here is a list of the current 2010 New York Giants Kickers/Punters:

1. Jeff Feagles, Punter #18

2. Lawrence Tynes, Kicker #9

3. Sam Swank, Kicker #3

4. Jy Bond, Punter #TBA

RD –

New York Giants sign Punter Jy Bond

March 19, 2010

The New York Giants signed a new punter yesterday. His name is Jy Bond and he is from Australia. Signing the 30-year old Bond, sends a message to current Giants punter Jeff Feagles. Jeff Feagles is going to be in the Hall of Fame one day, there is no question about that. He is about as reliable a punter as the NFL has ever seen and probably the best directional punter ever. The problem is that Jeff Feagles is 44 years old and father time has taken it’s toll on him (like so many other great players). He hasn’t been able to get the distance the team would like to see the past couple of years and last season might have been the worst in his career.

No one can argue the fact the G-men are taking this off season extremely seriously. Jerry Reese has been methodically improving the team piece by piece. He was not joking around when he said he would be aggressive this free agency period. As a fan, I have to say that I am both impressed and in agreement with every move the team has made thus far. I would have liked to have kept QB David Carr as our backup QB but that was a situation, that was out of the front offices control. This is going to be a very different team that takes the field in 2010. We are going to have to wait and see how quickly the players can bond (pun intended) and get down to business as a unit. I can already see the headlines and sound bytes comparing him to James Bond, Mr. 007 himself. That is, if he is still on the team when the season starts.

What do you think about the Giants signing punter Jy Bond and all of the other moves they have made so far?

RD –