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New York Giants Kicker Josh Brown Gearing up for Training Camp Competition

July 17th, 2013 at 3:30 PM
By Paul Tierney

As the New York Giants prepare to report to training camp in just nine days, the team still has several question marks on the roster. Each starting linebacker position is up for grabs, Ryan Nassib will attempt to steal the backup quarterback spot from veteran David Carr, while Justin Pugh will have to prove himself worthy of a first-round draft pick.

But flying under the radar has been the competition at kicker, where 11-year veteran Josh Brown will compete with Dave Buehler to replace Lawrence Tynes, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today. Brown told the Star-Ledger that he welcomes the opportunity to play for the Giants.

"It is what it is: A competition," Brown said. "I want the job and he wants the job. I've got to use what I can to my advantage — I've got years of experience. I don't have to give him all the answers. I notice a lot of things. I see a lot of things. Dave has done a good job, and he's powerful. Very powerful. And he's young. There is no conniving and dishonesty. Just two guys competing at the highest level and whoever the coaches are comfortable with and have the most trust in is going to get the job."

In four games last season with the Bengals, Brown hit 11 of 12 field goals, four of which came from 40-plus yard out. In the team's playoff loss to the Houston Texans, Brown converted each of his two field goal tries.

By comparison, Buehler is eight years younger than Brown, but did not play in the NFL last season. In 2010 with the Dallas Cowboys, he made 6 field goals of 50-yards or more. Buehler is known for his immense leg strength, but not for his accuracy. 

Even with a fierce competition coming up, Brown says that playing for the Giants offers him the best opportunity at playing in the NFL this season.

"There's not a whole lot that is unattractive, when you talk about the Giants," Brown said. "You know, there was a vacant spot here. That is attractive. At 34, going on my 11th year, I wanna go somewhere I have the best opportunity to be the man. And this was that best opportunity."

It's hard to tell if that's a shot at Buehler or not, but in all likelihood Brown is just being honest. If he can't beat out a guy who wasn't even in the NFL last season, he probably doesn't deserve to play in the league anymore. The Giants have required a clutch kick to get the team to each of its last two Super Bowls, so this competition will undoubtedly have a major impact on the outcome of Big Blue's 2013 season.

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7 Responses to “New York Giants Kicker Josh Brown Gearing up for Training Camp Competition”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    It seems that if we were going away from Tynes that if it’s close Buehler makes more sense. It’s seems that Brown is just different that Tynes rather than clearly better. We do play in a wind influence home so Tynes knowing how to use the wind helped him. Buehler reminds me of the Denver kicker Reves brought in years ago with a similar background except that Buehler has already been a fulltime kicker before. Buehler’s upside seems to be very high while Brown can be a good kicker. I just think if we are taking a chance with a new kicker why not go for it with Buehler if he shows through camp he can be consistent. His kickoffs should further help our special teams and his leg gives TC more options when we are in the 35-40 yard line range. After saying all of that Brown will probably win the job.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Tough to bet against experience when a season can come down to one kick. Burglar will have to have a great camp or the job is almost certainly Brown’s.

    Brown DOES. Have a somewhat stronger leg than Tynes, but Buehler is in another category altogether. Without consistency, though, that leg-strength just isn’t worth much.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I agree with that part. I just thought Buehler wasn’t bad for the Cowboys a few years ago considering his background. 2 years later I think he will be even more consistent.

      Brown has a stronger leg and has been a little more consistent than Tynes. But Tynes has hit big kicks for us. I wanted us to draft a kicker at first but maybe Buehler is the best of both worlds because he has leg strength and some experience.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    This year is a far more interesting training camp because we have real competition for starting jobs. LG, RT, #2 QB, #3 WR, 3rd down RB, DT, all 3 LB positions, slot CB, KR/PR and even kicker. In the past training camp was more about finding the Cruz’s and Ojomo’s of the world. This year we have competition on all levels. We certainly have room for an end of the roster surprise, especially at WR, TE, LB, CB or KR/PR.

  4.  CT GIANT says:

    Cowboys cut FB Lawrence Vickers, 6’0 250 lbs still only 29 years old, and boys are going to a two TE set offensive.
    Giants might kick his tires, his 1.2m Cap hit would certainly be in giants area.
    Just a thought.
    CT GIANT

  5.  Dirt says:

    Tynes sucks. Either of these guys is an upgrade.

    •  Dirt says:

      And before it starts, yes Tynes really isn’t very good (no distance, and the only time we’ve had a season with top 1/3 in FG% is when Tynes was on IR and Carney made the Pro Bowl)

      Tynes made a couple big kicks (one of which required a Brett Favre gunslinging intervention).

      Tyree made the best catch in the history of the team. And rightfully was let go after injury, because he wasn’t very good.

      Blackburn made the interception of all interceptions. And rightfully was let go on his merry way when he wanted more than the minimum.

      These are all guys that, as a matter of circumstance, found themselves in the middle of some of the best moments in team history.

      But it doesn’t change the fact that none of them are more than JAGs (at best).

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