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Giants' rookie punter Matt Dodge has been drawing fire from just about everyone from the day day he got here.

His recent performances are not prompting his critics to back off anytime soon, either.? The fans are booing him and chanting the names of punters past.

His inconsistency is the rub, and many feel his booms are not enough to compensate for his busts.

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P Matt Dodge's ability has been questioned all summer.

Can he get off a nice punt? Yes. Can he do it consistently? No.

The struggling rookie out of ECU did manage to find consistency yesterday. Unfortunately, he was consistently awful.

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The Giants have enlisted recently retired punting legend Jeff Feagles to work with rookie punter Matt Dodge.? Dodge has a powerful leg, but his punts have been inconsistent due to poor mechanics.

Feagles stopped by the Indian Quad yesterday to discuss Dodge's progress.

First off, he exonerated Dodge for having a punt blocked. "One rookie mistake on the outside" is how Feagles classified it. (Actually it was second-year RB Andre Brown that missed the assignment).

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"Good Guy" Feagles May Get Long-Awaited Distinction

The NFL has had some great punters. In the 1970's there was Raiders' Ray Guy, who could boot the ball to the moon. He is considered the forerunner of all things punting in this league, and is the odds-on favorite to become the first punter to earn enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Except, it hasn't happened yet.

Guy has been eligible for enshrinement since 1991 but has never garnered enough votes to gain entrance. The collective school of thought is that if Guy does not make the Hall of Fame, then no punter should.

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Punter Jeff Feagles announced his retirement today, after a 22 year career.

As speculated when the Giants drafted punter Matt Dodge...Feagles was fantastic for most of his Giants career, including a pro bowl season in 2008.

The 44 year old retires after having played an NFL record 352 straight games. ?He also holds the record for most punts (1,713) and punting yards (71,211).

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Jeff Feagles' decision to call it quits this week was a bit of a surprise to the Giants, who had recently re-signed the 44-year-old punter to a new contract.?

GM Jerry Reese said that Feagles is "physically unsure" if he can still play at the level he has in the past.

Tom Coughlin will meet with Feagles this week, but it is 99% certain that Feagles will retire.

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With their final pick, the Giants selected ECU punter Matt Dodge.

And according to Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News, Giants punter Jeff Feagles is expected to announce his retirement.

Well the pick makes more sense now...the Giants signed Jy Bond of the?Australian?Rules Football league, but Dodge is probably a better prospect. ?He has a strong leg, but some scouts were worried about his hangtime.

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For 22 years Jeff Feagles has been a premiere punter in the NFL. No one in the league is better at placing the ball within the 20 yard line ?then Feagles (OK statistically some are slightly better, stop checking up on my writing and just believe me). In 7 years as a Giant I have only heard Jeff Feagles name called out once in a post game conference (On a punt return by Brain Westbrook 5 years ago). Last night Feagles averaged 34.4 yards a punt and put the Giants defense in several tight spots.

On 3 straight punts in the third quarter Feagles failed to drive the ball more then forty yards, and gave the Cardinals great field position, twice in Giants territory. One of the punts was a shank, and shanks happen, but the other 2 punts were simply directional punts that sailed out of bounds far to quickly. The interesting part of the post game conference is how Coughlin responded. "Those were on me." According to Coughlin he did not want to give Cardinal punt returner Steve Breaston a chance to make a play. Still there is also no way Coughlin wanted Feagles to net less then 35 yards on all 3 kicks.

After 22 years of kicking it's clear this game was an aberration, but for one game Jeff Feagles was not the special teams weapon he normally is, in fact he was a liability. Although the defense gave up 24 points they actually did a good job of containing a high powered offense considering the field position they dealt with and the turnovers, 4 to be exact (although 1 was on the ?final offensive play). The defense actually held the Cardinals to less then 300 yards of offense and a meager 216 yards passing. As coach Coughlin says you need to have all three units playing well in order to win in the NFL, you can get away with two, but last night the specials teams and offense were no where to be found. For one game, and probably one game only, I ask what the Feagles was that?

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This Sunday when the New York Giants take the field, it will be punter Jeff Feagles 337 career game played. Enough to move him into fourth all time in games played.

Feagles also holds the record for most consecutive games played at 336 and is the second oldest player currently in the NFL, second only to kicker John Carney.

?At this point I am more used to the routine and the focus I get into,? Feagles said. ?You want to say it?s old hat, but every game brings a set of new challenges. The returners nowadays are what I focus on - the guys I?m going against. Sometimes, I get a little nervous because of who is back there, but I just do my job and do what I?m supposed to do. I just take it as business as usual.?
For Nicks, not only will this Sunday mark his first professional football game being played, but will also be the first professional football game he's ever been to.

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(Yeah, he?s a punter. So what? Wanna fight about it?)

If football years could be converted into regular-people years, Jeff Feagles would be Rip Van Winkle?s grandfather. A few years ago, then a spry 40 year old punter, Feagles flirted with retirement, an idea that seems almost unfathomable at this point. Over the last two seasons he won his first super bowl and made his second pro bowl appearance; his first in thirteen years. At this pace, I would be surprised to see him retire before his sixty fifth birthday.

Feagles is an absolute weapon in the punting game, adept at pinning opponents inside their own ten yard line. Although he does not have the strongest leg, he is still a serviceable long-range punter. But when Giants drives stall around mid-field, Feagles is almost a lock to down the ball deep in the opponent?s territory.

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Following are some news and notes from various sources on last night's classic vs Carolina.

  • The Giants rushed for the most yards in a game since 1959, ESPN.com reports.
  • ESPN.com also reports that RB Derrick Ward had the highest yards per carry average in a single game in Giants history at 14.3? His 215 yards rushing was 4th all time in a single Giants game.
  • Paul Schwartz of the NY Post believes the play of the game was P Jeff Feagles' punt which was knocked out of bounds at the 1-yard line by CB Terrell Thomas.
  • Schwartz also believes Coach Tom Coughlin will play most of his starters, but likely will rest anyone with medical issues.
  • Tom Rock of Newsday goes through all of the NFL Playoff scenarios as we head into the final week of the regular season.
  • David Scott of the Charlotte Observer writes a detailed story on K John Kasay's 50 yard field goal miss that sent the game into OT.
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