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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) punts the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) punts the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

For the first time in over 23 years, the Giants will not have a player represent them in the 2020 Pro Bowl, as zero members of Big Blue were given the invite to go down to Orlando this season.

The last time the Giants didn't send anyone to the Pro Bowl was back in 1996--Saquon Barkley, who was named a fourth alternate at running back for the NFC, wasn't even born yet when that happened.

In addition to Barkley, Riley Dixon was named a fourth alternate at punter for the NFC.

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The Giants made an investment into punter Riley Dixon, signing him to an extension on Sunday. 

As far as punters go, the move was on the heftier side. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed reports of a $8.7 million extension over three years for Dixon on Monday. 

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) punts the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) punts the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Giants and punter Riley Dixon have agreed to a three-year contract extension, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Dixon, 26, is averaging a career-best 47.0 yards per punt, which ranks sixth in the NFL this season.

He is in his second season with the Giants after being acquired in a trade with the Denver Broncos on April 20, 2018.

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Sep 16, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders punter Johnny Townsend (5) punts the ball in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 16, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders punter Johnny Townsend (5) punts the ball in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Two nights before the Giants' second preseason game against the Chicago Bears, the team has made a change at punter.

The Giants claimed Johnny Townsend off waivers from the Raiders.

To make room for Townsend, the team waived rookie punter Ryan Anderson, an undrafted rookie out of Rutgers. 

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan Anderson has already enjoyed one successful season in northern New Jersey. Will he have the chance for another one? 

The Giants signed the former Rutger punter Sunday after a tryout during rookie minicamp last week. Anderson punted for the Scarlet Knights during the 2017 season as a graduate transfer. 

Before landing at Rutgers, the lefty kicker played Division II ball at Saginaw Valley State in his native Michigan and spent his junior and senior seasons at Division III Olivet. For the Scarlet Knights, Anderson set the all-time single-season punting average mark (44.4 yards per attempt), was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list and earned first team All-Big Ten honors. 

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