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Giants may opt for punting competition in 2022 NFL Draft

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As part of The Post’s 2022 NFL Draft preview, we take a look at what the Giants could do at each position. Today: specialists

When the Giants’ previous front office signed the kicker Graham Gano in the summer of 2020, that didn’t seem like a sure thing. Gano was 33 and missed the entire 2019 season with a fractured left femur. It turns out to be one of the few gifts the old regime left for the new regime.

Gano, in his two seasons with the Giants, made 60 of 65 field goal attempts (92.3%) and is a long-range weapon. He is 14 for 14 on kicks from 40 to 49 yards and 12 for 16 on kicks over 50 yards. He is also able to change his kickoffs according to the pattern and plan of attack every week.

Graham Gano prepares to kick off for the New York Giants.
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The decision was taken by this new group to move from bettor Riley Dixonwho has handled the job for the past four seasons but struggled with inconsistency in 2021. He landed on his feet, signing with the Super Bowl champion Rams.

Jamie Gillan was signed after averaging 44.8 yards the past three seasons for the Browns. A former rugby player, he was born in Inverness, Scotland and is known as the “Scottish Hammer”. Gano was also born in Scotland – what are the odds? Would the Giants on Day 3 actually take a punter, like Matt Araiza from the state of San Diego or Jordan Stout from Penn State? Unlikely, but they think they’re competing with Gillan.

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