Giants sign K Brett Conway

The Giants filled their latest special teams void when they signed veteran kicker Brett Conway.<BR><BR>

To make room on the roster, the Giants waived cornerback Ray Green.

Conway, who has been with four other teams since entering the NFL in 1997, will step in for Matt Bryant, who pulled his right hamstring kicking a 43-yard field goal on the final play of the first half in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Bryant is expected to be sidelined three-to-four weeks. Mike Hollis, who challenged Bryant in training camp, is on season-ending injured reserve with a back injury.

Conway, 28, was in training camp this summer with the Indianapolis Colts. He made all six of his extra point attempts and one of two field goal tries. Conway was successful from 24 yards but missed a 47-yard try, both against the Chicago Bears in the preseason opener on Aug. 9. He was released on Aug. 31, when the Colts decided to stick with incumbent kicker Mike Vanderjagt.

In his career, Conway has made 55 of 72 field goal attempts (76.4 percent), including 20 of 31 (64.5 percent) from 40 yards and out. He kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal for the Redskins against the Giants in Giants Stadium on Oct. 7, 2001 - two years ago today. It is the longest field goal ever kicked against the Giants.

Conway has made 83 of 84 extra point attempts and scored 248 points.

Conway entered the NFL as the Green Bay Packers' third-round draft choice in 1997, the 90th pick overall. But he suffered a thigh injury in training camp, was placed on injured reserve, and missed the entire season. Ryan Longwell, a rookie free agent that season, stepped in and has been the Packers' kicker ever since.

Conway was traded to the Jets on Aug. 21, 1998. He was released nine days later, signed to the Jets' practice squad, then was cut again on Sept. 23, 1998. Conway was signed by the Redskins and made his NFL debut as a kickoff specialist in six games that season.

In 1999, Conway scored a career-high 115 points for Washington. He made 22 of 32 field goal attempts, with a long of 51 yards, and 49 of 50 extra point tries.

The following season, Conway played in a total of four games: two for the Redskins, one for the Oakland Raiders and one for the Jets. He was perfect on five field goal attempts and eight extra point tries.

Conway re-signed with Washington as a free agent on March 15, 2001. He played all 16 games that season, finishing with career highs of 33 field goal attempts and 26 field goals. He also kicked 22 extra points and scored 100 points. Last year, Conway broke his leg in the season opener against Arizona and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve. He signed with Indianapolis on Jan. 23 and lost a close summertime competition to Vanderjagt.

Conway was an outstanding kicker at Penn State, where he scored 276 points, then the second-highest total in team history, by making 45 of 61 field goal attempts and all but one of his 142 extra point tries. He made a Big Ten-record 129 consecutive extra points and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior.

Conway is a native of Atlanta, where he attended Parkview High School. He was born March 8, 1975.


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