September 22, 2023


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2021 New York Giants training camp preview: Special Teams

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The New York Giants take particular pride in their special teams, selecting and signing players who not only can help them on offense and defense but are also adept at what former coach Bill Parcells called “one-third of the game.”

Coordinator Thomas McGaughey, who returned to the Giants three years ago, has become of the best in the business and it has shown in the results as the Giants’ kickoff and punt coverage teams rank among the best in the NFL.

Who will be the main figures for the Giants on special team this year? Here’s a quick rundown.

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Riley Dixon averaged 44.8 yards (38.8 net) per attempt on 65 punts in 2020, inducing 18 fair catches and was third in the NFL in landing punts inside the 20 (28). Returners averaged just 5.67 yards per attempt.

Dixon had one punt booked and six go for touchbacks. He is also the primary holder on field goals and PATs.

Dixon is signed to through the 2022 season.

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The 6-foot-5, 258-pound Ryan Santoso is a bit of tweeter as he can both punt and kick. The Giants inked him to a futures deal after flipping around between the Giants’ practice squad and active roster last year. He will provide training camp competition in both the punting and kicking games.

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Graham Gano finished sixth in the NFL in scoring in 2020 with 114 points. He went 21-of-23 on PATs and missed just one of his 32 field goal attempts, which was from over 50 yards. His .9687 percentage that is the second-highest in Giants history. His five field goals from over 50 yards last year set a new single season franchise record.

The Giants have Gano under contract through the 2023 season.


The 31-year-old

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Carson Tinker spent the 2020 season on the Giants’ practice squad. He began his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a UDFA out of Alabama.

Tinker played six season for the Jags before being placed on IR with a knee injury in 2018 and did not play in 2019. The Giants will give Tinker an opportunity to compete for a roster spot this summer.

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Casey Kreiter was the Giants’ primary long snapper in 2020, playing in all 16 games and snapping for every punt and kick attempt. He will head into training camp as the incumbent and will be challenged by Tinker.

Kreiter recorded one tackle and was given a 66.0 grade by Pro Football Focus last year.

2021 Giants training camp preview: Special Teams

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