The New York Giants have chosen veteran Steve Weatherford, a former New York Jet, over second-year player Matt Dodge for their punting job. NFL teams must trim their rosters to 53 by 6 p.m. ET today.
Dodge, a seventh-round pick from East Carolina, struggled with his consistency last season. Despite averaging 44.7 yards per punt, among the best in the league, his 34.8 yards net per punt was 41st in the league. His failure to punt a ball out of bounds that DeSean Jackson of Philadelphia returned for a game-winning touchdown on the final play of a game will be his lasting legacy in New York.
Weatherford is entering his sixth NFL season, the last two spent with the Jets. He averaged 42.4 yards per punt a season ago, but his 37.9 yards net per punt was fifth in the league.
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