Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese indicated Saturday in the team's post-draft press conference that P Jeff Feagles, who would be heading into his 23rd NFL season, thinks he might not be physically able to play another year.
Feagles entered the NFL in 1987 and has kicked for six teams. He has been with the Giants for the past seven seasons and is regarded as one of the best directional punters of his time.
When asked if he would be surprised if Feagles wanted to continue his career, Coughlin said "yes."
The Giants drafted East Carolina P Matt Dodge in Round Seven. They also previously signed Australian P Jy Bond.
“Jeff is going to come in and we are going to continue to talk further," Coughlin said. "Jeff came in to see me and then called me again and we talked about where he was in terms of what his thinking was and his considerations about perhaps retiring. So we felt like that we would go ahead and not pass on this punter, who was one of the two people that we felt were draft-worthy in this particular draft.”
“Jeff’s really not sure that physically he is going to be able to do it,” Reese said. “He has been working out really hard in the offseason trying to get himself ready to go because I think in his mind he really wants to do it, but I don’t think he’s sure that his body can do it. We are trying to protect ourselves in that respect. We will address that middle of next week sometime, so we will see which way that’s going to go.”
Feagles has never missed a game in his NFL career, playing in a league-record 352 consecutive regular season games, the third-highest games-played total in history. The two-time Pro Bowler holds the NFL records with 1,713 punts, 71,211 yards and 554 punts inside the 20-yard line. He has placed at least 20 punts inside the 20 in 20 consecutive seasons.