Giants add big leg with Rhys Lloyd
Maybe the New York Giants just want to have a strong leg in camp while Lawrence Tynes heals up from the thigh bruise he suffered in the preseason opener when a field goal try was blocked.
Rhys Lloyd was signed and figures to be with the club at least until Tynes is healthy enough to return. He’s spent four seasons with the Carolina Panthers as a kickoff specialist and has yet to attempt a field goal in a regular-season game.
Kickoff specialists have a hard time sticking on 53-man rosters because teams don’t want to commit a roster spot to a fourth specialist – kicker, punter, long snapper, kickoff specialist. With kickoffs moved from the 30- to the 35-yard line this season, it should make it even more difficult for kickoff specialists to land work. Even kickers with below average leg strength will be able to get the ball to the goalline with some type of consistency now.
The New England Patriots worked out Lloyd last week.
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