After David Wilson's 84-yard on the first play from scrimmage during Saturday night's loss to the New York Jets, the New York Giants' offense was unable to find the end zone and settled for four field goals courtesy of kicker Josh Brown. The Giants went on to lose the game 24-21 to their crosstown rivals.
"Concern can't be on me," Brown said about if he was concerned about Big Blue settling for field goals. "It's not my job to be concerned about the offense or any other decisions that are made. Those things can't be my concern. I've got to just stay focused on splitting the uprights and being able to help the offense and being able to make those 53 yarders until they get the rhythm."
Brown was not happy with his lone miss of the game against Gang Green. After the Giants drove the ball down to the Jets' 35-yard line midway through the second quarter, Brown failed to convert the field goal attempt by kicking the ball wide left.
"Just didn't play it down field, aimed more down the middle," Brown said. "I didn't feel any breeze as far as what's going to blow this way or that way. I probably should've played it straight. It was a good opportunity to kind of learn how the ball's going to fly from that distance, what you have to do as far as where you're pushing the ball to."
The Meadowland's winds can be challenging for kickers and takes some time getting used to. Brown didn't feel like the wind was an issue during the cool August night at MetLife Stadium.
"The wind was really nothing," Brown explained. "It's not really much. It's more learning about my ball flight than anything because I feel I can survive our practice field, I can survive our stadium. I'm not worried about that."
Brown is receiving the opportunity he has been banking on after being released by the Jets before last season and filling in the vacant spot the Cincinnati Bengals had when Mike Nugent went down with a calf injury.
Brown signed a one-year deal worth a little over $1 million after long-time kicker Lawrence Tynes signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the offseason. Brown has been consistent since joining the league in 2003, he has converted 231 of his 284 field goal attempts.
If the he wants to make the best of his opportunity with Big Blue, Brown needs to show the organization it made the right decision by signing him.
"I just want to be able to do my job all the time," said Brown. "I want them to feel as if no matter where we are on the field, we're going to make the kicks. That's a sense of security that I want to deliver."
The Giants lost the game to the Jets by a field goal and Brown's failed attempt made a big difference. Tynes struggled with long distance during his tenure with the Giants, and Brown can gain the team's trust by successfully connecting from long range on a consistent basis.