Josh Brown gives Giants more range, firepower in kicking game
One of the games that has stuck with the Giants from 2012 to now was the Week 4 loss to the Eagles, a 19-17 decision that ended with Lawrence Tynes coming up short on a 54-yard field goal attempt with 15 seconds left. Another few feet of distance on that kick and the Giants would have made the playoffs.
It seems they do not want to come up short again, whether it be on a field goal attempt or making the postseason. There were plenty of other miscues and miscalculations down the stretch in that game, but all would have been dismissed -- and perhaps the entire season would have been different -- had the field goal been good.
Enter Josh Brown, who has one of the strongest legs in the NFL. He has attempted 43 field goals in his career of 50 or more yards and converted 28 of them (65.1 percent). By contrast, Tynes in his career attempted only 21 field goals of 50 or more yards and was good on 11 of them (52.4 percent). In the last two seasons Tynes attempted six of them and was good on only two.
“We bring a lot of opportunity to score from a great distance,” Brown told Giants.com in a video interview shortly after signing with the team today. “We’ve kicked a number of 50-plus yarders and feel very comfortable from 55 and in, even in harsh winters. That with a lot of confidence brings an opportunity to score a lot of points and help the team out when things don’t go the way they thought they would.”
Besides the awkward first-person plural sentence structure, it seems that Brown will give the Giants more firepower and extend the reach of their scoring zone than Tynes did. Tom Coughlin talks about red zones and green zones. Now the Giants may have a Brown zone that covers nearly half the field. His career long is a 58-yarder and has kicked a field goal of at least 52 yards in each of his 10 previous NFL seasons but one.
Only Jason Hanson (52) and Sebastian Janikowski (40) have more 50-plus yard field goals in their career than Brown.
Brown also has experience kicking at MetLife Stadium. In 2011, as a member of the Rams, he was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts in a Week 2 game there against the Giants. Last year he kicked in two preseason games for the Jets, converting two of three field goal attempts.