While Chris Snee was excited to be in the fold, the Giants, in a bit of a surprise, released kicker Matt Bryant, who filled in admirably the last two seasons when Owen Pochman and Mike Hollis were lost to injuries.
"It was based on our evaluations," Coughlin said. "We had to make some roster moves. But he's a good kicker. He'll surface."
That leaves the kicking competition to Bill Gramatica, the decided favorite, and Todd France. Coughlin said having three kickers competing is not an ideal situation.
"It's going to be a tough competition," Gramatica said. "I just have to do my best. If I don't make my kicks, I'm not going to be here either."
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The Giants made a handful of other roster moves on Friday.
New York signed DT Delbert Cowsette, a fourth-year player from Maryland, and released DTs Willie Blade, who was just signed earlier in the week, and Glen Steele.
Guards Rich Seubert and Scott Peters and DE Lorenzo Bromell were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform-Active list.
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The Giants first practice was a very sloppy affair, something not all that alarming to Coughlin. "We started out in typical fashion," he said. "There were all kinds of little things that have to be brought back to their attention."
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Camp's biggest mystery was the failure to report of rookie free agent QB Jared Lorenzen, who was placed on the Reserve-Did Not Report list. "I heard someone say that he's having second thoughts," Coughlin said.
Lorenzen told a Kentucky TV station that he didn't show because he knew the Giants were going to release him. Giants GM Ernie Accorsi said the team had no such plans.
Opening day notes: Bryant released
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