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Giants set for the unknown at punter

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By Eric Edholm

With the retirement of P Jeff Feagles, the Giants will go into this season unsure of their punting situation. Since Feagles arrived prior to the 2003 season, the Giants have not had to worry about this facet of their game. Feagles perfectly fit the directional kicking approach that head coach Tom Coughlin prefers and became a weapon at times. He often would pin opponents inside their 20 or force them to return punts along the sideline against mostly good coverage teams. Last season, however, Feagles' punting became more erratic. His hang time and direction were not as consistent as before, so the team signed Australian P Jy Bond as competition for Feagles before Feagles announced his intention not to play this season.

When Feagles' retirement plans became clear, the Giants solidified the competition by drafting East Carolina's Matt Dodge to battle with Bond in the summer. Little is known about Bond's potential, but Dodge arrives with a reputation of being an exceptional athlete, strong-legged and having great hang time. On the downside, Dodge has to improve his get-off times and there's no way he'll possess Feagles' world-class touch (at least that of a few years ago) as a rookie. The competition will be one of the more intriguing ones in Albany this summer.

 

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