Before the Giants kicking contest began, back in April, Aldrick Rosas signed his one year tender with the organization, ensuring he’d be back for the season. Fast forward ahead to June, when he was arrested after an incident he was involved in while driving. The pro bowl kicker was in a hit and run collision, earning him three misdemeanor charges in California. Six weeks after the incident, on July 27th, 2020, the Giants released Rosas after three seasons. Rosas’s release leaves the Organization with a gaping hole at placekicker.
The Giants are an organization that takes pride in all aspects of the game, special teams being one of them. From Jeff Feagles to Lawrence Tynes, to Zack Deosie, the Gmen have usually had consistent solid play from special teams guys. Especially now that former special teams mastermind Joe Judge is the head coach of the Giants, it seems like they won’t be shy or slow to address the vacancy due to Rosas’s departure.
Following the release of Rosas, The giants have brought in two kickers who both have plenty of talent and experience. The first move they made was signing 29-year-old veteran kicker, Chandler Catanzaro who has spent time on many teams including the Arizona Cardinals. Catanzaro is 6”3 and 200 lbs, so he has lots of power. He has a career FG% of 83.8.
Catanzaro was the presumed starter until today. The Giants have made it evident that there is most definitely a competition with the signing of 33-year-old Graham Gano. Gano is a pro bowl kicker who has had much success in the league, spending years in Carolina. However, he hasn’t kicked in a game since 2018. Gano is infamously remembered in New York for his game-winning 63-yard field goal as time expired to give the Panthers the win over the Giants in 2018.
The Giants have set themselves up nicely to fill the void of Rosas, who wasn’t very good last year, regardless of who they pick. Who knows, maybe they’ll even sign the third guy to add to the Giants kicking contest.