Jeff Feagles is back with the Giants for an eighth season and will notch his 23rd season in the NFL. Or will he?
The 44-year-old punter re-signed with the team yesterday with the understanding that he’ll have to compete for his job. A few weeks ago the Giants signed Australian Rules footballer Jy Bond as a free agent.
“In my meeting with Tom (Coughlin) it was very, very clear that I was going to compete for my job this year,” Feagles said. “And my answer to that was, ‘That’s fine.’ I have been competing for a long time. That is what makes it all better anyway, competition. Plus, we will have another leg in camp which will be good for me, too. So I just have really said to myself, ‘Listen, get a contract done and just go compete.’ And I’m confident that I will be on the roster.”
A training camp duel between one of if not the best punters in NFL history against an import from Down Under who has just one summer of NFL experience may sound lopsided. And it probably will be. But the Giants can't be certain they'll be getting the Jeff Feagles of yore.
A Pro Bowler in 2008, Feagles saw his numbers and effectiveness slip in 2009. That was one of the reasons he decided to return for 2010.
“I have a lot of pride and I think that some things that happened last year on the field left a real bad taste in my mouth, personally and with the team,” Feagles said. “I just want to come back and show everybody that what happened last year -- they said I had a down year. But other than that I’m just moving on. I want to get back to the Super Bowl and this is the one last chance to do it. I’m going to have to compete and that is what I’m going to do.”