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Rhys Lloyd lands with the Giants


With the NFL’s misguided kickoff-placement rule creating an incentive to have strong-legged men who can bang the ball into the end zone and beyond, guys who possess that skill have unprecedented value.

For that reason, kicker Rhys Lloyd finally has gotten another job, with the Giants.

Of course, it helped that Lawrence Tynes is injured.  But Lloyd now has a chance to show what he can do with the ball teed up at the 35.

Lloyd recently worked out for the Patriots.  He worked out for the Giants on Tuesday.  As pointed out in the Wednesday one-liners, Lloyd agreed to terms last night.

Lloyd signed as a free agent in 2010 with the Vikings after several years with the Panthers.  The Vikings cut Lloyd, and he returned to Carolina, kicking off 53 times and generating 11 touchbacks, a 20-percent rate.

For his career, Lloyd has a touchback rate of more than 28 percent, on 224 kickoffs.  His average distance is 66.9 yards per kick, which under the new rule puts every kickoff two yards into the end zone.

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11 Responses to “Rhys Lloyd lands with the Giants”
  1. swpstks says: Aug 17, 2011 9:05 AM

    who?? o jus an idiot kicker

  2. powderedme says: Aug 17, 2011 9:09 AM

    Good. Now the Giants can finally murder Matt Dodge.

  3. realitypolice says: Aug 17, 2011 9:23 AM

    Dude’s got an aawwfffuuulll lot of consonants in his name.

    Just sayin’.

  4. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 17, 2011 9:39 AM

    Considering how awful our special teams coverage is, this could actually prove to be very valuable to us. We’re just pitiful on kickoff and punt coverage, I’ll never understand why. Hopefully Izzo gets this straightened out.

  5. besafewithit says: Aug 17, 2011 9:48 AM

    Greatest British player ever.

  6. sportsfuhnatic says: Aug 17, 2011 10:09 AM

    Kickoffs, check.

    Now how about someone that can make field goals? Lawrence Tynes will be healthy soon, you say?

    Like I said, how about someone that can make field goals?

  7. east96st says: Aug 17, 2011 10:19 AM

    Giants should sign him to a five year contract. As long as Quinn is the special teams coach, the more touchbacks, the better. Giants special teams coverage is one of the worse in the NFL and may be one of the worse in the CFL, Arena, and the NCAA as well. Pretty sure they could kick butt on the High School level, though.

  8. nedhigginssports says: Aug 17, 2011 10:25 AM

    Hopefully this guy can kick field goals. Lawrence Tynes Field Goal attempts over 35 yards is the second leading cause of hypertension in males over the age of 30.

  9. pilot2011 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:15 AM

    Panthers should have kept him… Actually, Panthers should have kept JOHN freaking Kasay too… I mean seriously, the guy has been money for this franchise from the beginning, and was having an under the radar HOF career. But they fire him and bring in a guy that’s only 3 years younger??

    With the added player to the game day roster, having 2 kickers isn’t that bad of a thing. And for the Giants situation, some insurance if one gets injured.

    Rhys is good dude too, good luck to him.

  10. luckyarmpit says: Aug 17, 2011 1:42 PM

    ANYONE is better than Matt Dodge.

  11. johnsticle says: Aug 17, 2011 6:42 PM

    I forgot kickers were still considered part of a team, thank you PFT.

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