After the four free agent punters the Giants worked out Tuesday failed to blow Jim Fassel away, the Giants turned to Plan B.
Sunday, when Big Blue faces off with the Cardinals in Tempe, Ariz. Owen Pochman will be handling the team's punting chores.
Regular P Rodney Williams shattered his right wrist in last Sunday's comeback win over Dallas, had surgery Tuesday and will likely be out "two to three weeks," according to Fassel. As a result, the rookie Pochman, who was an all-state punter in high school before heading to BYU, but hasn't punted since, will be New York's interim punter.
Joe Jurevicius, who actually out-punted Pochman during Wednesday morning's pseudo-tryout, will be the back-up. "Pochman looked fine," Fassel said. "Owen's a two-step punter and he gets the ball off quickly. "Joe kind of surprised me. He punted well."
Also, with Williams out, the Giants needed to determine a backup holder should something happen to Jason Garrett. The man for the job is reserve offensive lineman Chris Bober. According to Fassel, the 305-pounder has "soft hands." Fassel also stated that Will Allen will continue to be the starting left cornerback, even though he was replaced by fellow rookie Will Peterson down the stretch last Sunday. "Those two guys are so close," Fassel said.
LDE Michael Strahan left practice early due to tightness in his back, but both Fassel and Strahan said that he's fine. Elsewhere on the injury front, both DTs Keith Hamilton and Lance Legree practiced and are listed as probable for Sunday's tilt. Hamilton will return to the starting lineup after missing two games due to a dislocated right shoulder.
Finally, with the three-week window on RB Joe Montgomery set to close, it appears that the Giants will place the third-year back on injured reserve. The Giants have until next Tuesday to get Montgomery back on the practice field, but they don't think he'll be able to do so.