New York Giants: Kicker options dwindling for Big Blue
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By Henry Buggy

Offensive line, linebacker, and running back remain the New York Giants most pressing needs this offseason, but Big Blue also needs to make some changes to their special teams.

New York Giants newly appointed special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey has his work cut out for him, but general manager Dave Gettleman needs to help get him the right players.

Effort is key on special teams, but when it comes to kicking and punting, talent and confidence are crucial. Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas lacked both in his first season with Big Blue.

The second-year kicker out of Southern Oregon connected on just 72 percent of his field goal attempts, ranking worst among NFL kickers with a minimum of 20 attempts. There were rumors the G-Men would target Graham Gano in free agency.

That clearly won’t happen now. The Carolina Panthers have retained their Pro Bowl kicker on a four-year deal, the team announced Tuesday.

Three of New York’s top five kicker options in free agency have re-signed with their respective teams. The Indianapolis Colts retained future Hall of Famer Adam Vinatieri on a contract extension. Matt Bryant is staying with the Atlanta Falcons on a new three-year deal....

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