The New York Giants have found a new holder. And in the process, they may have helped their rookie punter become a better punter.
Backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels replaced Matt Dodge as the holder and he helped Lawrence Tynes convert field goals of 45 and 42 yards. With Dodge struggling as the holder, Tynes had missed three field goals in the previous two games.
“(Rosenfels) has very good hands and places the ball very fast,” Tynes said. “I was very pleased with how he did today. We only worked since Wednesday so that was good.”
“That is not a knock against Matt but that is something Sage as a veteran figured out real quickly.”
Rosenfels, who will be the holder from now on according to Tynes, handled a couple of less-than-ideal snaps well and the overall field goal operation went smoothly. Dodge admitted he struggled sometimes to find the laces on the ball before putting it down.
Without having to worry about affecting Tynes’ livelihood, Dodge actually had one of his best days punting. He punted four times for a net average of 42.8, well above his season average of 34.1.
“It is one less thing for Matt to deal with so that will be beneficial for him,” Tynes said.