State of the Giants: Punter

The Giants Beat takes a look at the State of the Giants, with a position by position breakdown leading up to training camp.

As it stands right now, the New York Giants have confidence in the only punter on their roster, Brad Wing. Wing was acquired via trade last offseason from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

            Wing, who is now entering the third year of his NFL career, has struggled the past two NFL regular seasons. Averaging only a mere 44.1 average per punt, Wing has ranked in the bottom half of the league in terms of his punting stats.


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Punter: Brad Wing


            Like most Giants fans, you are probably wondering why the Giants wouldn’t explore other options going into the 2016 regular season at punter. First things first, Wing has a fantastic relationship with many of the players, most specifically, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham Jr and Wing attended LSU together during their college football careers. The two roomed together along with Miami Dolphins’ wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Beckham Jr likely played a role in the acquisition of Wing after Beckham Jr’s fantastic rookie season.

            Wing is still very young and has shown signs of potential over his career. The Giants are a very young team right now, so having a young punter in Wing is suitable for the roster.

            A main reason behind the Giants’ confidence in Wing is likely Wing’s improvement from 2014 to 2015. Wing was able to land 33 punts inside the 20-yard line last season compared to only 20 punts in 2014. On top of that, Wing also increased his average punt by about a yard.

            Though it is almost certain Wing will be the starting punter next season, it is certainly a possibility that the Giants bring in another punter at some point during training camp to add some competition for Wing. At the end of the day, barring any injury or trade, it can almost be guaranteed that Wing will be the starting punter this upcoming regular season. 

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