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Giants release veteran punter Riley Dixon


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants announced late Thursday that they have released Riley Dixon, their punter the previous four seasons.

In 65 games, Dixon had a 45.2-yard gross average and a 40.6-yard net average on 279 punts. He placed 101 kicks inside the 20-yard line and had three punts blocked.

Dixon owns the Giants' two highest single-season net punting averages since that became an official statistic in 1976 with 42.0 yards in 2019 and 41.8 yards in 2018.

In 2021, Dixon punted 74 times – the second-highest total in his career – and finished with a 44.4-yard gross average and a 39.5-yard net average that was the sixth best on the team's single-season list. He had two punts downed inside the 20.

Dixon was acquired by the Giants from the Denver Broncos in a trade for a conditional seventh-round draft choice on April 23, 2018, prior to his third NFL season.

In his first year with the Giants, Dixon set a then franchise record with his 41.8-yard net average on 71 punts. The following season, he reset the record with a 42.0-yard net average. On Nov. 10, 2019, he had a season-high 53.7-yard gross average (minimum four punts) on six kicks at the Jets, the seventh-highest single-game average in Giants history.

The Giants have a potential replacement on the roster after recently signing Jamie Gillan, who had a 40.0-yard net average the previous three seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He is nicknamed the Scottish Hammer for the country of his birth and his strong leg. updated its rankings of the top 101 players set to become free agents on March 16.


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