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Graham Gano placed on Reserve/COVID-19 list among roster updates

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Kicker Graham Gano today became the second Giants player to go on the Reserve/Covid-19 list in the last three weeks.

Guard Will Hernandez was placed on the list on Oct. 29. He was activated on Nov. 10 and played in the Giants' 27-17 victory against Philadelphia on Sunday.

The Giants signed kicker/punter Ryan Santoso from their practice squad, which he joined on Sept. 6.

Santoso played in three December games last season for the Tennessee Titans, who signed him on Nov. 27. He attempted no field goals but had touchbacks on nine of 16 kickoffs (56.3%). Santoso was waived by Tennessee on Dec. 17.

He was in the Detroit Lions' training camp in both 2018 and 2019.

Santoso handled both kicking and punting duties at the University of Minnesota from 2015-17. He made 29 of 39 field goal attempts (74.3%), including a career-long field goal 52-yarder vs. Purdue on Oct. 18, 2014. The kick, with 4:59 remaining in the game, lifted the Golden Gophers to a 39-38 victory. Santoso also converted all but one of his 77 point-after attempts. He scored 163 points (29 field goals and 76 PATs). Santoso kicked off 168 times and recorded 80 touchbacks.

In addition, he punted 144 times and averaged 41.8 yards (fourth-best in school history) and placed 46 punts inside the 20. He had a career long 68-yard punt vs. Michigan State in 2017.

Gano is having an outstanding season. He has made 21 of 22 field goal attempts (.955) and all 16 of his PATs for 79 points, which places him ninth in the NFL. Gano has made 20 consecutive field goal tries, tying him with Aldrick Rosas (2018-19) for the second-longest streak in Giants history. Josh Brown holds the record with 29 in a row.

Gano was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking three field goals in the Giants' 23-20 victory in Washington on Nov. 8.

The Giants also signed rookie tight end Nate Wieting to their practice squad. Wieting, 6-4 and 244 pounds, joined the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent from the University of Iowa on May 5. He was waived on Aug. 9 and awarded the following day to the Miami Dolphins, who released Wieting on Sept. 5.

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