Jeff Feagles working with his replacement
The man who is trying to replace Jeff Feagles as the punter for the New York Giants is receiving assistance in his bid from none other than Feagles himself.
Matt Dodge, a seventh-round draft pick from East Carolina, has a leg that is plenty strong enough. But as Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports, much more goes into it than a booming kick and even though Dodge averaged 58.3 yards on four punts Tuesday, he needs work. He’s not getting adequate hang time and he’s also inconsistent. A long punt does no good for a punter if he outkicks his coverage team. That allows the return man to set up blocks and potentially have a big gain.
Feagles, who retired in the offseason after 22 years in the NFL, the last seven with the Giants, is in camp in Albany, N.Y., working with Dodge.
“He's very talented, very strong-legged,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, per Vacchiano. “But basically what it is right now is a 65-yarder and a 40-yarder, and the 40-yarder doesn't have much hang time. His goal is consistency.”
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