The sprain to Lawrence Tynes‘ non-kicking ankle has forced the New York Giants to sign free agent kicker Shayne Graham. The Giants had until 4:00 p.m. today to make the move in preparation for tomorrow’s 1 p.m. kickoff against the Detroit Lions.
To open up a roster space for Graham, the Giants placed rookie WR Victor Cruz on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.
The lead from the Giants website says it all:
Tynes had sounded optimistic about playing Sunday, but the Giants had to have a kicker on the roster just in case.
Graham might pick up a game check without ever putting on a uniform if Tynes ends up feeling good enough to go. On the other hand, the last kicker to sub for an injured Tynes- John Carney- kept Lawrence on the bench for much of the rest of the season.
Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger brings up an interesting point:
If Graham plays in Tynes’ place, pay attention to who fulfills kickoff duties. Punter Matt Dodge had experience in college on kickoffs.
At this point, some of us had actually been looking forward to seeing if Matt Dodge could use his beg leg to bang some life into the kickoff game, where Tynes leaves more than a little to be desired.
Cruz’ injury may or may not have been all that serious, but it had become painfully clear that his lack of special teams contributions had him hopelessly buried on the bench. With the preseason superstar done for the season and Shayne Graham presumably only a temporary fill-in, this roster spot probably belongs to someone else soon enough.
The boys from Giants football blog pass along some quotes with Kevin Gilbride gushing about Pascoe:
He’s excellent with his assignments, he gives you a very versatile guy that can not only just line up in the traditional fullback position, but can line up in the two tights and motion or stay two tights, so the flexibility gives us the pass receiving ability we kind of expected, but what we did see was that when he was the normal fullback position, he was basically flawless in terms of his assignments and his execution.
Something tells me that the more the Giants see of Pascoe out of the backfield the more they’ll find ways to utilize his athleticism even when Hedgecock gets healthy. And something tells me that quite a few G101ers are happy about that…Bear Pascoe, Detroit Lions, Giants.com, Lawrence Tynes, Madison Hedgecock, Matt Dodge, Mike Garafolo, New York Giants, Newark Star-Ledger, NFL, Shayne Graham, Victor Cruz
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