20 Questions in 20 Days: Two Kickers in '13?

Posted Jul 11, 2013 writers debate if the team will keep both kickers Josh Brown and David Buehler on the final roster.

Do you think the Giants will keep two kickers on the roster in 2013?

Michael Eisen:
I don't. Because they can't afford to waive Ryan Nassib, the Giants will likely keep three quarterbacks on their active roster for the first time since 2007. That eliminates one roster spot that Tom Coughlin has had for an extra receiver, defensive lineman or special teams standout. It's hard to imagine him giving up another one for a player who will only kick off - especially since touchbacks have increased from 16.4 percent of all kickoffs in 201- (the last year kickoffs were form the 30-yard line) to 44.1 percent last year (the second season they were from the 35).

John Schmeelk: Kicking will be a one man job for the Giants this season. Both Brown and Buehler have a strong enough leg to do kickoffs, so whomever kicks field goals more consistently will win the job. In addition, with the strong possibility the team keeps three quarterbacks active, there certainly are not enough roster spots for two kickers.

Dan Salomone:
I don’t see Tom Coughlin using two roster spots on a job that can be done – and done well – by one player, especially given the Giants’ likelihood of keeping three quarterbacks this season. Buehler does have a little distance on Brown, averaging nearly three more yards per kickoff. But you have to remember Brown was kicking in Seattle and Cincinnati while Buehler was in Dallas. Field position is high on the checklist for coaches, but the margins are not big enough to warrant spending two roster spots. 


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