When asked about the status of his placekicker this afternoon, Tom Coughlin grinned and said “Which one?” With both Lawrence Tynes and Shayne Graham on the roster, more specificity was needed. “Today, we have two.”
What he should have said is what Curly said to Billy Crystal in “City Slickers”: Day ain’t over yet.
Yes, the storied Giants career of Shayne Graham has come to an inevitable conclusion. The Giants released the veteran who kicked four extra points for them on Sunday, ending a term in Big Blue that lasted nearly 50 hours.
The move was made because Tynes is apparently healthy enough to resume his kicking duties after spraining his left plant ankle in practice on Friday and causing a scurrying of available placekickers to take over against the Lions.
But the Giants were also awarded offensive tackle Jamon Meredith off waivers from Detroit. Meredith played last year and the first two games of this season for Buffalo before he was waived on Oct. 4. He was claimed two days later by the Lions – the Giants also put in a claim for him but the Lions had priority – but Detroit waived him on Friday. Meredith takes the place of Graham on the roster.
Expect a lot of cold shoulders and dirty looks from the players in the locker room, Jamon. Shayne was a well-liked figure here in New York and your pushing him out of the way will not be looked upon kindly.
In all seriousness, the acquisition of Meredith does make you wonder what will happen with Kevin Boothe, who is eligible to start practicing this week, and Will Beatty, who has shed the protective boot on his broken foot but is still waiting for the bone that he had surgically repaired to heal.