The New York Giants have one placekicker on the roster: Aldrick Rosas. Rosas has never kicked in an NFL regular season game but he is on track to be the Giants’ starter when they open against the Dallas Cowboys on the night of Sept. 10.
The kicker position has been one of great turnaround for the Giants as late. If Rosas wins/keeps the starting job, he will be the fourth kicker since the beginning of last season for Big Blue (Randy Bullock, Josh Brown, Robbie Gould).
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The Giants like Rosas’ size (6-foot-3, 232 pounds) and leg strength. They also appreciate his accuracy. Rosas kicked collegiately at Southern Oregon. During his college career, he had a streak of 116 consecutive extra point attempts made. Rosas made 25-of-32 field goals in the Raiders’ 2014 NAIA Championship season.
Rosas signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent last year. He was released during the final roster cuts before the start of the regular season.
Rosas had a tryout with the Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Minnesota Vikings last season but wasn’t signed. He is still considered a rookie because he didn’t participate in a regular season game in 2016.
The Giants signed Rosas to a futures contract in January. He participated in the rookie mini-camp last week. The team also brought in veteran kicker Travis Coons as a tryout player.Coons (and his 28 career NFL field goals) were not signed. This means the Giants will go into their OTAs and training camp with Rosas as the only kicker on the roster. Rosas, who spent last season training and working a day labor job, is not comfortable…and wisely so.
“The way I look at it is there are no free spots in the NFL. There are no free positions,” he said. “Every day they are looking at me. Every day I am looking to improve and just gradually build, get to know the system better and my coaches…I know that any moment, I can be gone or they can bring anyone else to compete against me if they’re not happy with what I can do.”
General manager Jerry Reese said he wanted to bring in another kicker after the draft. This has not come to fruition so far. Head coach Ben McAdoo and former punter turned broadcaster Jeff Feagles have publicly talked up Rosas.
Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn believes there are advantages to not having two kickers on the roster.
“I don’t know if you necessarily have to (have two kickers),” Quinn said. “The problem nowadays is there’s a lot less kicks than there used to be. With no more two-a-days and limited practice, you have to give the guys everything you can. If you start bringing in two or three kickers, it really waters it down.”