Jim Fassel no longer even bothers trying to deny the
Giants' special- teams curse.
"It's amazing to me," he said yesterday after announcing that kicker Matt
Bryant likely will miss three to four weeks, pending results of an MRI, after
injuring his right hamstring on a 43-yard field goal Sunday against the
The team will bring in five kickers for tryouts today and sign one to kick
against the Patriots. For now, Bryant will stay on the roster, meaning someone
must be released to make room.
Fassel said he hopes to sign a kicker with NFL experience. Veterans on the
market include Jeff Chandler, Brett Conway, Jose Cortez, Neil Rackers and Danny
The Giants had three kickers in the spring but released Owen Pochman (who
later signed with the 49ers) and put Mike Hollis on injured reserve, leaving
Punter Jeff Feagles, who missed from 29 yards on his first field-goal
attempt after 16 years in the NFL, said he is retiring as a place-kicker. "I
think my field-goal days are over," he said.
Shockey: I'm Not Sorry
Tight end Jeremy Shockey was unapologetic about the 15-yard taunting
penalty that temporarily stalled the 17-play drive in the third quarter that
ended on Jeff Feagles' missed field-goal attempt.
Shockey admitted he threw the ball at cornerback Sam Madison at the end of
a 16-yard completion. He said Madison continued battling him after the whistle
"I heard the whistle blow, and he's hitting me," Shockey said. "He ain't
stopping, why should I stop? . . . I ain't backing down from anybody."
Shockey said his high profile as a colorful player on the field and
interview subject off it might make him a target for opposing players and a
focus of officials' attention.
It appeared that backup end Keith Washington, who was in for Michael
Strahan, was caught out of position chasing Ricky Williams on the reverse that
James McKnight turned into a 68-yard TD run...On the 24-yard pass to tight end
Randy McMichael on the clinching drive, Strahan dropped into coverage and
followed a receiver as McMichael drifted alone into the right flat . . . Jim
Fassel said there were no significant injuries Sunday other than the one to
Matt Bryant . . . The Giants climbed out of 32nd place (to 29th) in total
defense but still are last in passing defense at 273.5 yards per game.