Ben McAdoo shed little light on how he plans to use his two kickers once the regular season begins as well as the circumstances that have required the Giants to have both on the current roster.
A day after signing veteran Randy Bullock to a one-year deal, McAdoo would not say whether the acquisition is a one-game rental while returning kicker Josh Brown serves a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy or if the Giants would consider keeping Bullock for the season and parting ways with Brown.
“We’re looking for the best 53 in Week 1,” McAdoo said. “If he’s one of them, then we’ll go with him.”
The Giants cut first-year kicker Tom Obarski to make room for Bullock after Obarski missed his “golden opportunity” 27-yard field goal in the preseason game against the Bills on Saturday. That led to the Giants holding a tryout for other kickers on Monday and Bullock stood out.
“The ball jumped off his foot,” McAdoo said. “He had a nice workout yesterday. He has some experience and he had a good workout.”
Because Bullock has four vested seasons, he could collect his full base salary for 2016 from the Giants if he is on the opening day roster and they cut him at any point after that.
As for Brown and the allegations of domestic violence that led to his suspension, McAdoo politely declined to comment on the situation.
“I’ve said everything I’m going to say about Josh,” McAdoo said, referring to his remarks last week when Brown’s suspension was first announced. “My comments stay my comments . . . Based on what I’ve said in the past, I’m going to stick to my comments. That’s what we feel is best for the circumstance at this point.”
Last week McAdoo said: “We support the league office in their decision and their stance on personal conduct. I do support Josh as a man, a father, and a player. We treat these situations on a case-by-case basis.” He also said: “I’m a father, I’m a husband, and my stance on personal conduct stays the way it is. Stays consistent, and it stays strong. But I think it’s important for an organization and the locker room to take it on a case-by-case basis.”
Those statements were made before the public revelation of 20 accusations against Brown made by his now former wife Molly in an interview with police. A transcript of that interview was obtained by Newsday from the King County (Washington) sheriff’s office. McAdoo would not say whether he knew about the full extent of the allegations before his comments on Aug. 18.
Giants co-owner John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese have so far declined to comment on the decision to re-sign Brown to a two-year contract this offseason.