Rosas converted a 25-yard field goal and an extra point in Monday's 24-10 loss to Detroit. The first-year kicker has now hit both of his attempts on the season, both within 29 yards. Typically the kicker on a team with Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Eli Manning would have starting potential. At this point, however, the Giants don't look good enough on that side of the ball to give their kicker much of a chance.
Rosas made his only field-goal attempt Sunday night, a chip shot. He won the job in camp and obviously hasn't done anything to lose it just yet.
Rosas won the Giants kicker job following the release of K Mike Nugent, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Rosas joined the Giants on a reserve/future contract in January as a young but promising prospect with a reputable strong leg. He fared extremely well in the preseason -- going a perfect 8-of-8 on his field-goal attempts while showing plenty of strength on kickoffs -- and could be the team's long-term answer at kicker.
The Giants signed 35-year-old Mike Nugent to compete with Rosas, ESPN.com's Jordan Raanan reports. Signed to a reserve/future contract in January, the 22-year-old Rosas was the only kicker on New York's roster throughout the offseason and into the start of training camp. The team likely hopes the youngster will display enough accuracy to beat out Nugent, a sub-par veteran who has never offered much from long range and missed six field goals and six extra points in only 13 games for Cincinnati last season.
Rosas has impressed the Giants brass during the offseason and looks poised to enter training camp as the team's top kicker, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. "He's got nice size, a nice strong leg and he's been highly accurate since he's been here," special teams coach Tom Quinn said of Rosas last week. "He's very coachable, so he's been very good to work with. We've only had a couple of weeks that we've been able to get him out here with a snap and hold." When the Giants signed the Southern Oregon product to a reserve/future contract in January, it was expected that he'd be more of a training-camp body than a serious candidate to assume kicking duties in the 2017 season. However, with incumbent kicker Robbie Gould not retained and the Giants opting not to address the position in the draft or free agency, Rosas suddenly looks like a good bet to crack the 53-man roster, despite his lack of prior NFL experience. Unlike Gould and Josh Brown before him, Rosas offers a big leg to the Giants' kicking game, and the consistency with which he's hit field goals so far in offseason workouts has helped assuage some of the concerns the organization had about his accuracy. Given his lack of track record at the professional level, Rosas will still need a strong preseason to solidify his spot with the Giants, but the 22-year-old could carry some intrigue as a final-round flier in fantasy drafts while he supports what could be a potent Giants offense.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||1.00|
|5||10/08||Los Angeles Chargers||25||10.00|
|9||11/05||Los Angeles Rams||12||6.00|
|10||11/12||@San Francisco 49ers||21||8.50|
|11||11/19||Kansas City Chiefs||20||8.50|