EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Two years ago, Graham Gano kicked the longest field by an opponent in Giants history.
Now he might have an opportunity to set records for them.
The Giants today announced they have signed the free agent kicker, who last played in a regular-season game on Dec. 2, 2018, his seventh season with the Carolina Panthers. He missed the final four games of that year and the entire 2019 season because of injuries to his left (plant) leg. Gano was released by the Panthers on July 30.
The second transaction revealed by the Giants was not as pleasant. Wide receiver Cody Core, who led the Giants with eight special teams tackles in 2019, was placed on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles tendon running a route during an 11-on-11 drill late in practice yesterday. He is the first Giants player to go on I.R. this year.
The 33-year-old Gano played for Giants general manager Dave Gettleman when the latter held the same position in Carolina from 2013-17.
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Gano has had a distinguished career. He kicked 236 regular-season and postseason field goals for Washington and Carolina from 2009-18, the longest a 63-yarder with one second remaining to give the Panthers a 33-31 victory against the Giants on Oct. 7, 2018 in Charlotte. It is two yards longer than any other field goal ever kicked against the Giants (61 yards by Philadelphia's Jake Elliott on Sept. 24, 2017). In addition, it is one of six kicks tied for the second-longest field goal in NFL history, it was the longest game-winning field-goal in league history and was the longest field goal in Panthers history. The only longer field goal was kicked by Denver's Matt Prater vs. Tennessee in Week 14 of the 2013 season (64 yards).
It wasn't the first time Gano had broken Giants hearts. On Dec. 20, 2015, his 43-yard field goal as time expired gave the Panthers a 38-35 victory in MetLife Stadium.
Gano has played in 134 regular-season and seven postseason games and has made 224 of 273 field goal attempts (82.1%) and 306 of 321 extra point tries (95.3%) in the regular season and 12 of 15 field goal attempts (80.0%) and all 18 PATs in the playoffs. He has scored 978 regular-season points and exceeded 100 points in each of the seven seasons in which he played all 16 games.
Gano has made 20 of 25 career attempts (57.1%) from 50+ yards.
He has touchbacks on 64.3% of his regular-season kickoffs (437 of 680).
Gano was a 2017 Pro Bowler, a two-time NFC Special Teams Player of the Month and two-time conference Player of the Week.
In 2015, Gano scored a career-high 146 points and helped the Panthers finish 15-1 and advance to Super Bowl 50. That season, he made 30 of 36 field goal attempts and a career-high 56 extra points (on 59 tries). In three postseason games, he hit four of five field goal attempts and was 10-for-10 on PATs.
Two years later, Gano was successful on a career-high 96.7% of his field goal attempts (29 of 30) and 34 of 37 extra points to score 121 points for the second year in a row and the third time in four seasons.
Gano originally entered the NFL in 2009 as an undrafted rookie with the Baltimore Ravens, from Florida State. He was waived at the end of training camp and was signed by Washington on Dec. 8, 2009. Five days later, he kicked two field goals, including a 46-yarder, in his NFL debut at Oakland. The following week, he missed his only kick – an extra point attempt – in his first game against the Giants.
In his first full season in 2010, Gano scored exactly 100 points by kicking 24 field goals and 28 extra points.
Gano was waived by Washington on Aug. 28, 2012 and joined the Panthers on Nov. 21 that year. He played in the final six games before beginning a five-plus year run in which he played in every game before injuring his leg in 2018.
Gano, like former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, was born in Scotland.
Core was awarded off waivers to the Giants on Sept. 1, 2019, one day after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played in all 16 games last season, contributing his team-high eight special teams tackles (six solo) and catching three passes for 28 yards, all against Buffalo on Sept. 15.
Core entered the NFL as Cincinnati's sixth-round draft choice in 2016 out of Ole Miss. He has played in 51 regular-season games with seven starts. His career totals include 33 receptions for 388 yards (11.8-yard avg.) and one touchdown, plus 16 special teams tackles.
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