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Giants re-sign Chris Boswell to kick in preseason finale

New York Giants kicker Josh Brown (3) kicks

New York Giants kicker Josh Brown (3) kicks a field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on August 22. 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Credit: Mike Stobe

As if the Giants needed another kick while they are down, they have to get another kicker.

The team re-signed Chris Boswell, who was cut last week, to handle the place-kicking duties in Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots. He'll step in for veteran Josh Brown, who bruised his leg making a tackle on a kickoff in the Jaguars game and has been limited in practices since (although he did kick in the game against the Jets). Boswell is the 75th player on the 75-man roster.

That's not the only specialist position in flux. Although the Giants cut backup punter Robert Malone on Tuesday, Tom Coughlin made it clear Steve Weatherford has not won that job outright.

"There's a [preseason] game to go and it's going to be a competitive thing, not necessarily with the guys that are here," Coughlin said of Weatherford's standing. "That goes for any position. Any position. People have to understand that. You're not competing just against the guys here, you're competing against the waiver wire."

Coughlin said Weatherford has been "off and on" this preseason.

"What we're always after is directional, hang time, distance, location, hang, and the opportunity to put us in the best position from a coverage standpoint," Coughlin said. "Basically for me, it's always been put it outside the numbers."

There are other numbers to consider, too. Weatherford signed a five-year contract with the Giants prior to the 2012 season worth $5.65 million. Last year that deal was restructured, but the vast majority of the value in the deal is currently in base salaries for this season and next. According to NFLPA records, Weatherford's base salary for 2015 is $2.175 million, and next season it jumps to $2.325 million.

Weatherford had been handling the kicking duties for Brown in practices, which may have been an attempt to show his value and versatility to the team. But that's a lot of money for a punter and Weatherford would have the sixth-highest cap number ($3.075 million) of any punter in the league with that salary. The team invested heavily in special teams players in free agency such as Dwayne Harris and Jonathan Casillas. When it comes to punters, though, the Giants may find themselves interested in cheaper options.

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