EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants will have two placekickers when they arrive at Allegiant Stadium and will likely decide which one or if both will kick tomorrow against the Las Vegas Raiders shortly before gametime.
One of their several roster moves Saturday was the standard elevation of veteran kicker Randy Bullock from the practice squad. Bullock joins another kicker signed yesterday, Cade York, on the roster. The Giants need a kicker to replace Graham Gano, who was placed on injured reserve and will undergo knee surgery next week.
In other moves, linebacker Justin Hollins was elevated from the practice squad, tight end Lawrence Cager was signed to the roster from the practice squad, and quarterback Tyrod Taylor and tight end Darren Waller were placed on injured reserve. They must miss at least four games.
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York was signed off the Tennessee Titans' practice squad. As a rookie with the Cleveland Browns in 2022, York, 22, kicked in all 17 games and made 24 of 32 field goal attempts (75%), including four of seven tries from 50+ yards. York also hit 35 of 37 extra-point tries for 107 points.
York had touchbacks on 50 of 78 kickoffs (64.1%).
Bullock is the more experienced candidate. He has played in 138 regular-season games for Houston, the Jets and Giants, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Tennessee. He has made 211 of 253 field goal attempts (83.4%), including 14 of 28 from 50+ yards, and 285 of 298 PATs. Bullock has 357 touchbacks on 639 kickoffs (55.9%). He made his only postseason field goal attempt with Tennessee in 2021.
Hollins, 6-5 and 248 pounds, was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 24. He has played in 59 regular-season games with seven starts for Denver, the L.A. Rams and Green Bay. Hollins has also played in six postseason games, including the Rams' Super Bowl LVI victory against Cincinnati. His career totals include 110 tackles (65 solo), 9.5 sacks, nine tackles for lost yardage, 15 quarterback hits, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In the postseason, he has eight tackles (five solo) and two quarterback hits.
Hollins played the season's first four games for the Packers and had five solo tackles and four assisted stops.
Hollins was a 2019 fifth-round draft choice by the Broncos, No. 156 overall, from Duke. After playing 15 games as a rookie, he was released and awarded off waivers to the Rams. Los Angeles released him on Nov. 22, 2022. The following day, Hollins joined the Packers, with whom he stayed until he was cut on Oct. 21.
Cager played in the first five games this season before he was cut and signed to the practice squad. He had two receptions for 17 yards, both against Dallas in the season opener. In 2023, Cager played in six games for the Giants and had 17 catches for 118 yards and one touchdown.
Taylor started the Giants' three previous games in place of Daniel Jones, who was sidelined with a neck injury – and who will return tomorrow against the Raiders. Taylor threw two touchdown passes while leading the Giants to a victory against Washington two weeks ago. But he suffered a rib cage injury last week against the Jets. Tommy DeVito will again be the Giants' backup quarterback tomorrow.
Waller leads the Giants with 36 receptions for 384 yards but left last week's game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. The Giants' tight ends tomorrow will be Daniel Bellinger and Cager.
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