Tynes Has a Leg Up

No, the Giants aren't handing their place-kicking job to Lawrence Tynes. But Big Blue certainly didn't send a conditional seventh-round pick to Kansas City last month just for an extra leg in training camp.

"This is ultimately where I wanted to come," Tynes said. "I'm not an 85 percent guy but I've hit every game-winner I tried."

The 29-year-old Tynes, who spent three seasons with the Chiefs, comes advertised with a very strong leg.

"Tynes is a veteran kicker who has kicked in some big games," GM Jerry Reese said. "He has made some long field goals."

Tynes has connected on six-of-11 field goal tries from 50 yards and longer.

"I think I bring the ability to hit the long field goal," Tynes added.

He pointed out that his numbers from the 40-50-yard range (14-24) are somewhat skewed because four of his attempts were blocked.

Despite his success, Tynes understands the business nature of the NFL is why he now has a new address.

"I didn't want to be a baby-sitter in camp," he said. "(Everyone) wanted me back. The GM (Carl Peterson) didn't. He makes the decisions. They had a kid (UCLA's Justin Medlock) with a third-round grade that was sitting there in the fifth round."

That made Tynes expendable. And the Giants couldn't be happier.

With only free agent signing Josh Huston on the roster (New York released Marc Hickok upon trading for Tynes), it's his job to lose, regardless of what anybody says.

"I'm competing against myself," Tynes said.

"It creates a better atmosphere for competition," was all coach Tom Coughlin would say.

That's akin to saying that Alyssa Milano is aesthetically pleasing.

Through the first two OTAs open to the media, Tynes has been perfect, never even coming close to missing a kick.

But he'll be equally valuable if he can get his kickoffs consistently deep, an area in which Jay Feely, the man he's replacing, had major trouble.

"They were not where I wanted them to be the last two years," he admitted. "But I moved back a few yards and wider out. I just needed to harness the technique of kicking off."

Tynes is the first Scottish-born player in NFL history. He was born in Scotland while his father served as a Master Chief in the U.S. Navy, but he moved to the United States when he was 10.

Off the field, Tynes has his hands full as well. His wife Amanda is expecting twin boys, due to be delivered on July 20.

It sure seems like a good time to be Lawrence Tynes.

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