Christie safe - for now

Tom Coughlin said today that Steve Christie will be the Giants' kicker in Dallas, despite Christie's 0-for-3 performance in Green Bay. Christie missed field goal attempts of 30 and 33 yards in the final 3:50 of the game. <BR><BR>

"He has been there before with circumstances like this," Coughlin said. "I don't think there is a guy in this league, a veteran kicker, who has not been in this situation. We are encouraging him to go ahead and to put that behind him and we will work extra long and hard this week in that particular area. And hopefully we will correct that."

Christie, who became the 14th player in NFL history to reach the 1,400-point plateau against the Packers, has indeed been through this in his 15-year career and is confident he will kick well against the Cowboys.

"I have to make those kicks," Christie said. "I have to continue working on what needs to be worked on and get it sorted out."

Coughlin and Christie spoke briefly this morning.

"I told him, the longer you're around the more situations you get into," Christie said. "I just work through it. I don't get too high and I don't get too low. I've been through a lot of different situations, and a lot of things. All you can do is work through it.

"We're going to work on our rhythm, get our timing and just make sure I hit the ball solid. It's time, repetitions - the repetitions we didn't get in camp (because Christie was signed on September 7, five days before the season opener)."

* All 53 players on the roster were available to practice today, though defensive tackle Norman Hand (elbow) and punt returner Mark Jones (shoulder) were limited. Neither player participated in the team portion of practice, although both did work in the individual drills and Jones handled the punt return duties during the special teams portion of practice.

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