Giants decide to have kicking competition, sign Mike Nugent

AP

The Giants went through the entire offseason with one kicker who had never kicked in an NFL game, but added plenty of experience today.

The team announced they had signed 13-year veteran kicker Mike Nugent.

He will compete with Aldrick Rosas, who had handled all the offseason work as the lone kicker on the roster. Rosas was in Titans camp last year, after playing one season at Southern Oregon.

Nugent, 35, spent the last seven years with the Bengals. He’s also done stints with the Jets, Buccaneers and Cardinals. He’s been a solid 80.8 percent field goal kicker, and he’s tied for 50th on the league’s all-time scoring lost (with Nick Folk and some guy named Emmitt Smith).

The Bengals cut him late last year after some persistent struggles on extra points (he missed six), replacing him down the stretch with Randy Bullock.

5 responses to “Giants decide to have kicking competition, sign Mike Nugent

  1. Nugent lost 3 games for the Bengals last year. They say don’t blame the kicker but the offense got him within 35-40 yds and he didn’t do his job. Not to mention he missed too many extra points. Bengals had to draft a kicker.

  2. As a Giants fan, I’m very confused… I’m friends with some Bengal fans and they were ecstatic when they finally cut Nugent last year. I remember watching their game last year against Washington and Nugent was definitely the main reason they didn’t win. His kickoffs were pathetic too. Why even kick the tires on this scrub?

    WTF are we doing here?

  3. Hope you’re not planning on making any FGs past 40 yards this year. I think I’m a little insulted that he’s still trying to play in the NFL. After the last couple years you have to realize your career is over.

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