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Josh Brown Has Earned the Right to Return as New York Giants Kicker in 2014

January 13th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

Replacing a kicker with a knack for making clutch and game-winning field goals like Lawrence Tynes wouldn't be easy, but that's exactly what Josh Brown was facing with the New York Giants in 2013.

Brown ran into accuracy issues with the St. Louis Rams in 2011 and didn't get signed until the last couple of weeks in the 2012 season by the Cincinnati Bengals. But with Tynes running into kicking problems during the end of the 2012 season, the Giants made the move to go in a different direction and signed Brown to a one-year, $1.01 million deal.

For a special teams group that had its struggles and nearly got coordinator Tom Quinn fired, Brown may have been one the best parts of the unit and regained the accuracy that made him one of the top kickers in the sport when he was with the Rams and Seattle Seahawks, as he sported an 88.5 percentage on his kicks (23-for-26), plus he also went 31-for-31 on extra points.

In the long-distance kicking game, Brown went 7-for-8 from 40-49 yards and went 1-for-2 from 50-plus yards; distances Tynes struggled with when he was in New York and the reason why they went out and got Brown. The one kick that Brown missed from 50 yards was in Week 17 against the Washington Redskins; a 50-yard attempt that was wide left because of the horrific conditions at MetLife Stadium with the wind and rain, sending Brown's kick to the side that on a normal day, would have split the posts for three points.

Aside from the field goals, Brown was able to drive the football into the back of the end zone for 35 touchbacks this season; thus not allowing the opposition the chance to get a chance to return a kick for a touchdown, again, another area that Tynes struggled in because he didn't have the giant leg strength. For the successful season in kicking, the 34-year-old veteran should be rewarded for the strong outing and be given another chance to come back with the Giants in 2014.

One of Brown's best games may have been in Week 8 when he was the entire Giants offense; netting all five field goals and 15 points for the Giants in a 15-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field and gave the Giants their second win of the  season before their much-needed bye week in Week 9.

Because Brown will turn 35-years-old in the spring time, the Giants could go year-to-year with Brown and sign him to another one-year deal with a significant pay raise from the $1.01 million he made last year; Jordan Raanan of the Newark-Star Ledger suggested a one-year, $1.25 million deal; something that sounds fair and hopefully enough to keep the veteran in New Jersey for another season; a season he has earned.

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6 Responses to “Josh Brown Has Earned the Right to Return as New York Giants Kicker in 2014”

  1.  Krow says:

    While this is true it’s also a symptom of what’s wrong with the team. Short term, stop gap measures. Aging veteran picked up at the tail end of his career. Bargain signing. And it’s all come back to haunt us.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      This theory doesn’t really apply to kickers to any great degree. Brown was quite solid this season and could, probably, kick another 4-5 years if he wanted to. Especially now that he does the Weatherford workout routine.

      •  Krow says:

        First off … there’s a Weatherford workout routine ???

        Second … Josh Brown is a fine kicker and had an equally fine year. He should be back. But this type of maneuver has been done too often. One year ‘show me’ contracts … bargain pickups … all to the constant drum beat of the salary cap. Seems like every year we wave goodbye to talented players only to replace them with “guys”. But to your point, you’re right about it not applying to kickers all that well. Not the best example.

  2.  Steven Cotten says:

    Already looking forward to next season.

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