Steve Weatherford focused on not being 'too cute' in Sunday's wind

Giants punter Steve Weatherford practices during team training

Giants punter Steve Weatherford practices during team training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Aug. 16, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

The last time Steve Weatherford punted in a windy MetLife Stadium, it did not go well. That was against the Raiders two weeks ago and he had four punts that averaged 30.3 yards with a net of 30.5. With a forecast calling for cold and windy conditions Sunday, Weatherford is preparing to once again do battle with the elements. This time, though, he’ll do so largely by ignoring them.

“I’m just going to go out there and stick with my technique and not try to make too many adjustments,” he said. “Just go out there and strike the ball well. If I hit it well into the wind it should go 35 or 40 yards and when you flip it around I’ll be going between 50 and 60. I think those should offset each other and as long as we get out of there with a 40-yard net, I’m happy.”

Weatherford said he doesn’t pay much attention to the forecasts until Saturday night when he goes over them with the coaches. He does know that it will likely be uncomfortable on Sunday.

“It’s getting cold,” he said. “November, December, it’s always windy. I’ll punt in it.”

The Cowboys have a good punt returner in Dwayne Harris. That might not be the biggest challenge to Weatherford on Sunday, though.

“When it’s super windy like that you just want to hit a good punt,” he said. “You want to hit something that they can cover. You don’t try to, when it’s really windy like that, try to get too cute and kick the balls out of bounds. I think that’s maybe something the last time we played I was trying to do too much instead of just trying to hit a clean ball.”

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