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Giants claim punter Johnny Townsend off waivers

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants exchanged punters on their roster today when they were awarded Johnny Townsend off waivers from the Oakland Raiders and waived rookie Ryan Anderson.

Townsend was a fifth-round draft choice of the Raiders in 2018 when he played in all 16 games. He punted 70 times and was 31st in the NFL with a 42.3-yard gross average and 29th with a 38.3-yard net average. He placed 17 punts inside the 20-yard line. He also ran for 42 yards on a fake punt against the Chargers on Nov. 11.

Townsend was released by the Raiders yesterday.

Townsend, 6-1 and 205 pounds, played in 44 games in four seasons (2013, 2015-17) at the University of Florida. He totaled 240 punts for 11,090 yards (46.2-yard avg.), placed 90 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line and had just 22 touchbacks. He left school as the Gators' career leader in punts and yardage. Townsend ranks fifth in SEC history in punting yards and tied for ninth in punts and his 46.2 career average ranks first in SEC history.

Anderson is a rookie free agent from Rutgers who was signed on May 5.

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