Will Kicker Josh Brown Be Reliable For New York Giants in 2013?

By Michael Terrill
Will Kicker Josh Brown Be Reliable For New York Giants in 2013
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Through the first couple preseason games, New York Giants kicker Josh Brown has proven the organization made the right decision to sign him in free agency. He has made seven of his eight field goal attempts and looks to be on track for a stellar season. As good as Brown has been in his career, will the 34-year-old be reliable for the Giants in 2013?

Brown was on the verge of calling his career over when the Cincinnati Bengals gave him a call late last year when they needed a solid kicker to replace the injured Mike Nugent. Brown answered by converting 91.7 percent (11-for-12) of his field goal attempts during the regular season and making both attempts in the team’s playoff loss.

Even though the Bengals re-signed Nugent in the offseason, the performance garnered plenty of attention for Brown.

“The Giants were right there as free agency opened,” Brown said, according to NJ.com. “They were like, ‘Get up here. Get on a plane right now.’”

A one-year, $1.005 million deal is all he could ask for after staring at life without football. There is no question Brown is excited about the possibilities that playing for New York brings.

“This is a great situation,” Brown told NJ.com. “I’m with one of those prime organizations, a place guys want to play. This is a great place to be.”

At this point, Brown just needs to be consistent, which is something he has done for a majority of his career. As long as he does his job correctly, which includes converting a field goal in harsh weather conditions with the game on the line, all will be well. For someone who has made 81.3 percent of his field goals over an 11-year span, there should not be a position where the pressure is too much to handle.

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