One of those small moves that I talked about yesterday was the signing of kicker Lawrence Tynes by the New York Giants. Tynes has struggled at times throughout his career and gave fans heartburn during the 2007 NFC Championship game, however, he’s been one of the best kickers in the league this year. He was rewarded for this by being named the NFC Special Teams Player Of The Month for October.
The Giants went undefeated for the month of October and Tynes played a major role about it. People don’t care about who their kicker is, however, he’s important. Tynes went 13-14 in field goal kicks in the past month. He’s only missed two field goals the entire year and has made each of his extra point attempts.
Tynes already has registered 94 points which is just six points less than the past two seasons. His career high came back in 2009 with 126 points. If Tynes’ field goal percentage remains the same or close to it for the rest of the season, it would also be a career high.
Tynes is rebounding off a sub-par year last season. Tynes only made 79% of his kicks which was his lowest as a Giant and lowest for his career since 2006.
No one cares who the kicker is until he misses a critical kick. Tynes has had his moments throughout his time with the Giants, however this year he’s performing at an all time career high. If Tynes can keep doing this the rest of the way, he’s going to be a huge asset as the schedule just gets harder.