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One of better stories coming out of QDTC this spring will be the transformation of the Giants' return game from an uphill struggle to a downhill stampede.

Last season, without a healthy David Wilson, the kickoff return game went from 7th (26.2 YPR) in 2012 to 27th overall (21.2 YPR). Michael Cox led the Giants in returns with 20, his longest going for 56 yards.

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Giants Special Teams Rankings

Kick return avg: 20.4 (21st overall) Long: 46 TD: 0

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Tom Quinn

The Giants' struggle on special teams this season has been well-noted, having given up four TDs on punt coverage. In the opening game against Dallas, the Giants held Cowboys' fleet PR Dwayne Harris to just 19 yards on two returns.

Giants' special teams coordinator Tom Quinn is aware that Harris is capable of beating his team with a long return, like he did earlier this season against Washington with an 86-yarder for a TD.

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The Giants are counting on rookie Damontre Moore to make some waves on special teams going forward.

It's become understood that the Giants' punt coverage and return units are just out there to take up time and space. The punt teams have become a detriment to the overall objective to win ballgames. The Giants are at the point where they're satisfied when those units don't lose ballgames.

The punt coverage unit has allowed three attempts to be returned for touchdowns. They've also given up a fourth TD on a wild snap. The return team appears to be out there simply as a formality with ball security the priority. ?They seem to be relieved after Rueben Randle calls for a fair catch, abandons the punt to be downed by the opponent or a touchback. At least he didn't fumble.

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The Giants special teams are going through a rough patch this season, giving up big plays on punt returns and not making anywhere near the impact they made on kickoff returns in 2012.

The Giants have given up three punt returns for TDs this season and 408 yards on 20 returns, which is the most in the league. Their 20.4 yards-per-attempt is 31st overall. Only the Redskins are worse, with at 21.6.

The addition of Josh Brown has helped the Giants' kickoff coverage. He's only allowed only 9 of his 27 kicks to be returned. On the kicks that were returned, the average attempt went for 24.3 yards.

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The Giants' offense doesn't look fixable. Neither does the defense. Age, injuries and stagnant coaching have overrun them and it may take awhile to get it all straightened out.

It wasn't too long ago that special teams coach Tom Quinn had his section of the team running like a top. Things have changed rapidly over the past year there, too.

The usually reliable punter, Steve Weatherford, is not kicking smartly. As a result, the team has surrendered two long returns for TDs in the first four games. Quinn is also finding out that his new placekicker, Josh Brown, is no Lawrence Tynes when it comes to automatic attempts inside the 40.

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Every year, it seems, special teams coach Tom Quinn is handed a rag tag group and has to make it work. This year, he's got a new kicker, new returners, new gunners and the team went and cut one of his best players this summer in Kyle Bosworth.

David Wilson led the NFL in kickoff return yardage last season. He's needed on offense, so rookie Michael Cox will be the primary returner. K Lawrence Tynes was one of the league's top scorers. In a move that stressed power over accuracy, the Giants replaced him with Josh Brown. Jayron Hosley and Jerrel Jernigan are best suited for punt returns, but due to ball security concerns, WR Rueben Randle will be fielding punts. ?Quinn spoke to the media today at Quest...

Do you find that some teams over-kick the players in camp?I don?t know.

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WR Rueben Randle is in the mix for both kick and punt returns.

For the first time in several years, the Giants are facing multiple changes on special teams. The constants they will carry into this season are the punter (Steve Weatherford) and the long snapper (Zak DeOssie). Weatherford also serves as the team's holder on PATs and FGs.

The openings lie at the kick and punt returner positions and at placekicker, where either Josh Brown or David Buehler will attempt to replace Lawrence Tynes.

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To borrow an awfully cliched and paraphrased quote from the media ether, "Adam Oates isn't walking through that door." When Oates left Jersey this past summer to become the head coach of the Capitals, he took the Devils' power play with him. So the Devils went out and got Matt Shaw from the Sharks, who happened to have the No. 2 overall power play last year. So how will things differ this season? Pete DeBoer explains:

Via Tom Gulitti of The Record:

?Matt?s coming from San Jose, which is a version of what the Detroit Red Wings do because of (Sharks head coach) Todd McLellan and Mike Babcock having been together at one point,? DeBoer said.

After working the power play a different way under Oates the last two seasons and having only sporadic success ? the Devils ended up ranked 15th in the NHL at 17.2 percent last season after getting off to a terrible start ? DeBoer anticipates it might take some time for the players to adjust.

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The Giants seemed to have solved their special teams woes over time. Special teams coach Tom Quinn has taken the wide array of talent afforded him and made the units respectable - even formidable - again. With the offense drying up and the defense falling apart, the specials have become the club's most consistent part of the team this season.

The Meltdown at the Meadowlands against the Eagles in 2010 is a distant memory these days. They are covering kickoffs and punts better, making fewer mistakes not allowing a punt to be returned to the house since that fateful game. The Giants have not allowed a KO to be returned for a TD since 2007.

These days have an explosive returner of their own in rookie David Wilson, who has had numerous long KO returns including a 97-yarder several weeks ago vs the Saints.

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Shortly ago today, Mike Westhoff addressed the media in what might be his last time as an NFL coach.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? On a day where Tim Tebow and anonymous quotes were all the talk at the Jets facility, punter Robert Malone somehow squeezed out a rare compliment from head coach Rex Ryan on Wednesday afternoon. The irony is that he has Tebow to thank for it.

Ryan was talking about the impact that Tebow has had on his team this season and mentioned the once scoffed at idea of his role on special teams as a personal punt protector. Tebow?s impact has been felt on special teams, including most recently in Week 6 when the Jets faked a punt and he tossed to linebacker Nick Bellore for a 23-yard gain and a first down. It was a major moment in what turned out to be a Jets blowout win over the Colts.

But what?s not been talked about is the impact that Tebow?s presence is having on Robert Malone?s ability to punt.

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It was not too long ago that the Giants' special teams were a running joke. Their entire 2010 season was blown up by a punt return.

Since then, they signed a professional punter in Steve Weatherford and their placekicker is setting team records. Even though Lawrence Tynes failed on what would have been a game-winning 54-yard FG last Sunday, he can't be held accountable for the miss. It was way out of his range...

The return game has been revitalized by rookie RB David Wilson, who has three kickoff returns of 40 or more yards. He is averaging 30.2 yards per attempt, the highest of any NFL player with 10 or more returns.

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The Giants' special teams coordinator is looking for his unit be more physical and dynamic vs Tampa Bat this Sunday:

How?d you feel about your performance in Week 1?We did some good things, but not enough good things, not enough momentum-changing plays.? We had some opportunities.? I thought we could?ve gotten more out of the kickoff return right before the half, could?ve had a plus-10 down, could?ve had a tackle inside the 15, but we weren?t physical enough.? It was solid, but it wasn?t real good.

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UConn wide receiver Nick Williams runs a pass route in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma on Jan. 1 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Rick Scuteri/AP Images)

BY JOHN SILVER

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How serious are the Jets about using Tim Tebow as their personal punt protector this season? ?Sounds like it's pretty serious according to the article Rich Cimini wrote for ESPN New York a few days back. ?In it, Cimini details how the team came up with the role for the backup quarterback and what it means for him to play special teams in such a capacity.

The Jets have had some quality protectors in past years but as Cimini notes, there's one big concern about using a guy like Tebow in such a role for the Jets.

Critics of the Tebow plan will argue that the Jets are sacrificing coverage ability by using a player with no experience as a tackler. Tebow, used extensively in the preseason, didn't make a single tackle.

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Last season, the Giants - as a team ? only returned 28 punts in the regular season. That was good (or bad) enough for 29th overall in that category in the NFL. When they did return a punt, they only gained 6.1 yards per attempt, ranking them 29th is that category as well.

A lot could be blamed on the fact that their primary punt returner ? Domenik Hixon ? went down for the season with a knee injury after only two games. Hixon returned 3 punts in those two games for a total of 31 yards with a long of 18.

In Hixon?s absence, several players fielded punts: Victor Cruz, Antrel Rolle, Will Blackmon and Aaron Ross. None did anything of significance. Ross actually had only one more return (14) that he had fair catches (13).

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Rookie CB Jayron Hosley has the potential to beat out Domenik Hixon and Jerrel Jernigan for the Giants' punt return duties this season. At Virginia Tech, Hosley averaged 12 yards per attempt and had TDs of 64 and 80 yards.


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The Giants, for better or worse, had a very Giants-like draft. Jerry Reese and the rest of the draft-day decision makers selected seven players befitting of the team-first, no-nonsense Big Blue mold. Some of these players will be asked to fill immediate needs, make meaningful plays in meaningful game situations right away, while others can and will be excused should they not impact the Giants? season in any sort of visible, tangible way this season.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, 2011 NFL Draft, Da'Rel Scott, Eli Manning, giants, Giants Defense, Giants News, Giants Offense, Giants Preseason, Giants Special Teams
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The secondary struggled throughout most of the regular season, ranking 29th in pass yards per game allowed with 225.1. Luckily, Eli Manning made a habit of putting up those same numbers?often better?against opposing pass defenses.

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The words "special teams" make Giants fans cringe. From the Trey Junkin debacle to last year's game against the Eagles, special teams have not been friendly to Big Blue. Thankfully, at least through 19 games (and especially in the NFC Championship game), the Giants' special teams have actually been pretty solid this season.

Steve Weatherford replaced the mistake-prone Matt Dodge and proved to be one of the best under-the-radar free agent signings of the season. Aside from his excellent punting, Weatherford has saved many a bad snap on field goal holds, including a low snap on the NFC Championship game winner.

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Field position and turnovers are always the key to winning games in the NFL. So what happened to the New York Giants special teams?

To say they are bad would be an understatement. If you are a pint glass "half full" type of guy, then you would say the special teams are consistent. I hope that makes you feel better. One could also say that the special teams plays haven't hurt us so far in the 2011 season.

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The Giants will make their roster cuts the next two days and either Matt Dodge or Steve Weatherford will be one of them. The Giants will not carry two punters.

It is a shame that one of them has to go. Both have performed admirably this preseason. They have been going blow for blow each week, one upstaging the other and making the coaches' decision on who to keep and who to cut more difficult.

Last night, again, it was hard to say who was the better punter. Dodge punted three times for and average or 44 yards. Weatherford averaged 42 yards on two attempts. Both had punts land inside the 20. Dodge had a 53-yarder, but also recorded a touchback.

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Last year, the Giants' special teams were a rag-tag bunch that ended up costing the team dearly. That was due to the pre-season injury to the units' everyman - Domenik Hixon - and the inconsistency of rookie punter Matt Dodge.

Those two faults have been resolved. Hixon is back and ready to roll. Dodge is in danger of being replaced by the steadier Steve Weatherford. In addition, the league voted to move up the kickoff line five yards, virtually eliminating the kickoff return as a threat. The Giants have always given up more big plays on special teams than they've made, so the club sees this rule change as one that favors them.

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In the 3rd round of the 2011 draft, the New York Giants draft...FUMBLE!

Kordell Stewart...I mean Jerrel Jernigan wider receiver from Troy.?? Really?

The Associated Press announced that the New York Giants have filled their need a wide receiver with standout Jerrel Jernigan.? Need?

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The Giants had their eye on Will Blackmon ever since the Packers released him earlier in the year. Blackmon missed most of 2009 with a knee injury. It appears the Giants, who found themselves in need of a PR after Domenik Hixon blew out his knee were waiting for Blackmon to get healthy to bring him in.? He spoke to reporters yesterday.....

Listen below...

[audio:http://snygiants.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/11-1-cb-will-blackmon.mp3|titles=11.1 CB Will Blackmon]

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The Giants' Rookie punter, Matt Dodge has a big time leg. He can boom the ball with the best of them. Unfortunately, he kicks it too far sometimes. He "outkicks the coverage", giving the returner plenty of room to make a big return.

Special teams coach Tom Quinn was asked last week about what he would like to see from Dodge going forward...

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...and why should we think he's an improvement over Darius Reynaud...?

Because anyone would be an improvement, that's why. Darius Reynaud leads the league with 22 punt returns. He is averaging 5.9 yards per return.

That does not lead the league, by the way. Of all the punt returners in the NFL with 12 or more attempts, Reynaud is by far the least productive.

When the Vikings threw Reynaud in the Sage Rosefels deal, most Giant fans felt like they got a steal.? They got robbed, instead....

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Giants' special team coach Tom Quinn knows his feet are to the fire these days even if Tom Coughlin continues to endorse him through this rough patch....

Q: How do you get the return stuff going? Coverage has improved:

A: Just have to keep pressing, keep working. The kickoff return has been a lot better than punt return. Punt return is not doing much of anything there. Have to keep working on it and hope we get one. Just keep doing what we're doing on kickoff return.

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From SNY Giants correspondent Mike Garafolo...

"The Giants brought in 11-year veteran punter Hunter Smith for a workout on Tuesday, Smith's agent, Tom Mills, confirmed. Mills said Smith believed he had a solid workout but left without signing a contract. Mills has yet to speak to the Giants about the workout but believes his client could be an option for the team moving forward...."

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On a night when they inducted 30 former players, team executives, and coaches?into their Roll of Honor, the Giants played in one of the wackiest first halves of football that you'll ever see. Defense and special teams stand out the most. Here are some highlights:

The Bears ran 27 plays in the first half. New York sacked Jay Cutler on nine of those plays. The Giants held Chicago to 22 total yards, minus 13 yards passing, and minus 1.2 yards per pass in the first half. Chicago was 0-for-7 on third-down attempts. And despite holding the ball for 16:08, the Giants' defense recorded two turnovers, limited?Chicago to two first downs,?got on a roll in the second quarter and knocked the ball out of Cutler's hands three times, and didn't allow the Bears to score.

The pressure they put on Cutler was remarkable, especially considering all the panic heading in when it was learned that Mathias Kiwanuka would miss the game with a neck injury. Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, who finished the game with three sacks apiece, were all over the place all night, and provided much-needed leadership on a defensive unit that's still a work in progress. Jonathan Goff, Chris Canty, and Barry Cofield were there to help out throughout the night.

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You don't have to remind Giants' special teams coach Tom Quinn that #23 on the Chicago Bears just might be the best kick returner anyone has ever seen. ?He knows.

"He's electric. He's dangerous when he touches the ball, so you have to do your best to try and claw at it. You have to try and keep the ball out of his hands, and there is not a lot you can do. It was tough to do last time we played him, he touched it three times. We are prepared to get down there, cover, and tackle."

That is, if they decide to kick it to him.....

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Giants' rookie punter Matt Dodge was feeling the heat after his sub par debut Week 1 against the Panthers.

Sunday night, he bounced back with a steadier performance, averaging 45.2 yards on six attempts. Among those six punts was a 62-yard punt and one that pinned the Colts back at their own 2-yard line.

Listen [audio:http://snygiants.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/dodge.mp3|titles=dodge]

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Giants' special teams coach Tom Quinn is normally in control. For years, he had the luxury of having special teams aces such as punter Jeff Feagles and gunner/returner Domenik Hixon.

Ho no longer has either. Feagles retired after last season and Hixon's season was ended after he tore his knee up practicing in the new stadium.

Players have come in to assume those positions, but they are hardly filling the bill.

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With special teams ace Domenik Hixon gone for the season with a knee injury, the Giants are trying out several players at the kick and punt returner spots.

"We're in the process of being in transition in a lot of spots," said Tom Coughlin, "you could take each one of those spots in the special teams operation and they're all open to evaluation, but if you don't look at them in a game, well that's where the evaluation takes place, you chart everything at practice but you've got to put them in a game."

On kickoffs, backup RBs DJ Ware and Andre Brown will get reps Monday against the Jets as will UDFA Victor Cruz.

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Feagles' Retirement Forces Changes

Rookie mini-camp was especially important to Giants' special teams coach Tom Quinn. He doesn't normally draw the attention of the media pool at Timex, but at this point in time, he has suddenly become a person of interest.

Punter Jeff Feagles announced his retirement last week, leaving the punting duties to the winner of a rookie standoff between 7th round draft-pick Matt Dodge and unproven Australian Jy Bond.

Feagles was also a the holder for PATs and FGs - a good one, too - and the Giants are uncertain who will fill that position.? In addition, Quinn is trying out new punt and kickoff returners as well a finding a placekicker to challenge the erratic Lawrence Tynes in training camp.

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