Rhys Lloyd, the Giants’ recently-signed kicker, was very deferential to Lawrence Tynes in his first media session today.
“As far as I know Lawrence is here, he’s the guy here, and we’ll just take it one week at a time,” he said. “However long I’m here I guess.”
Hmm. I think John Carney said those exact same words all the way to Hawaii and the Pro Bowl in 2009, didn’t he?
This is obviously a little different. Carney was a veteran kicker. Lloyd is a kickoff specialist, a title he seemed a bit uncomfortable with comparing it to being a driving range pro in golf. But in four years in the NFL he has yet to attempt a regular-season field goal.
Tom Coughlin seemed comfortable enough with Lloyd’s tryout, though, that he will be able to kick extra points and field goals on Monday against the Bears.
“Right now he’s the kicker of record for the game on Monday night, thank you very much,” Coughlin said.
Beyond that, could this turn into a competition? Or could the Giants even consider keeping two kickers – one for field goals in Tynes and another who said with the new rules he suspects he could get 50 perfect of his kickoffs to be touchbacks in Lloyd?
“Right now we have two kickers but we have 90 (roster spots),” Coughlin said. “It gets a little tougher when you have 53.”
So that almost ruled out keeping both. As for a competition …
“Let’s see what happens,” Coughlin said. “Right now it’s a necessity going into this game.”