In the first two preseason games, both incumbent Matt Dodge and former Jet Steve Weatherford have both had their moments: some down, but mostly up. Dodge has the stronger leg. Weatherford is the more seasoned player.
Against the Bears, Dodge crushed a 63-yarder. Weatherford hit a 57. Dodge has 48.2 average thus far this summer. Weatherford is slightly ahead at 50 yards per attempt. Weatherford can directionally and is more adept at pinning the ball inside the 20, something Dodge has yet to master.
Dodge said he has been working on the finesse portion of his game, which the team has been stressing him to do, so he will be a more complete punter.
"When you have a head coach telling you we need it by the sidelines before you punt it every time, you have to try," Dodge told reporters this week. "It comes with time and the more consistent ball you can hit, the better direction you are going to do it. Yes, I definitely tried it."
In the fan's estimation, Dodge cannot do enough to make them forget his faux pas of kicking the ball directly to Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson last November. They boo him regularly.
"I am getting kind of used to it. I just have to try to keep doing well and win them back over," he said.
He may not get the chance. Even with his solid performance this summer, Dodge is behind Weatherford on many of the judges' scorecards. Not only is Weatherford a better situational punter, he is the current holder for field goals and PATs. Dodge has been playing catch-up in that area as well.
"I have been taking reps but obviously they need a guy to step right in and (Steve) has done it for many years so he is the guy."
That may seal Dodge's fate as a Giant. The final cuts are six days away. Jerry Reese is going to have no choice but to put this experiment behind him.