Expecting Big Kicks from Pochman

One of the few bright spots of the Giants special teams unit in 2001 was sure footed kicker Morten Andersen. With Anderson gone (cap casualty) Owen Pochman has some big shoes to fill.

GM Ernie Accorsi and coach Jim Fassel say the biggest free agent loss of the offseason was leftie kicker Morten Andersen.

Even with sure footed Andersen kicking, overall special teams were something less than special.

It's expected that all eyes will be on first round draft pick Jeremy Shockey, but if your really interested in how the Giants will progress in special team, keep your eye on second-year (also leftie) kicker Owen Pochman in camp.

According to the Albany Times Union, Giants coach Jim Fassel said "I like him. He's a talented kid. We'll find out about him when he moves up to the number-one spot. He came in late and then he's competing with a Hall of Fame kicker as a rookie. Now he's the guy, and we'll see what kind of reaction he has."

Pochman has the leg to do the job. He'll need to be consistent in camp and he'll have to prove himself in game conditions.

If Pochman doesn't work out, the team will likely take a look at a free agent kicker, as there always are free agent kickers available.

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