Projected starters: K Josh Brown, P Steve Weatherford, LS Zak DeOssie, KR David Wilson, PR Rueben Randle.
Projected reserves: K David Buehler, KR/PR Jerrel Jernigan, PR Aaron Ross, PR Jayron Hosley.
Who’s in: K Josh Brown, K David Buehler, PR Aaron Ross.
Who’s out: K Lawrence Tynes, PR Domenik Hixon.
The Good: New York Giants fans will never forget Lawrence Tynes kicking a frozen ball through the uprights at Lambeau field to send the Giants to their first Superbowl under the current regime. However, in recent year Tynes has become inconsistant, a problem the GM Jerry Reese corrected this off-season by bringing in Josh Brown to take over the kicking duties. The Giants also have turned into one of the leagues best units in covering returns. A trend that should continue this year as the Giants continue to add young athletic players that should excel in special teams coverage.
The Not so Good: The Giants need to improve their return game, after ranking amongst the bottom of the league last year with 7.2 yards per punt return last season. Rueben Randle is the leading candidate to win the return job this season, which may be a surprise to some after rookie David Wilson excelled returning kick-offs last season. The problem is with Wilson slated to be the Giants starter at running back it’s a huge risk for the Giants to keep him on return duties.
Player to watch: Josh Brown. On paper Josh Brown should be a slight upgrade over Lawrence Tynes at the position. However, kicking field goals at Met Life stadium is no easy task. The swirling winds and unpredictable weather conditions have always made New York an interesting place for Quarterbacks and Kickers to play. There may be an adjustment period with Brown, but in the end I fully expect him to excel as the Giants kicker this season.