Friday, August 24, 2012
Westhoff: Best kicking competition ever
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff has been around for three decades, and he's never seen anything quite like it. The Nick Folk-Josh Brown kicking battle, he said, is an all-timer.
"It's absolutely the most efficient, competitive battle I've ever seen," Westhoff told ESPNNewYork.com Friday. "I've had some great kickers in my career" -- he named several -- "but no one's had a better camp than these two guys have had. It's the best kicking competition I've ever seen. I'm willing to bet there's not another NFL team with two kickers that have done any better than these two guys."
Westhoff said it reminds him of the old Larry Bird-Michael Jordan TV commercial, when the two legends play H-O-R-S-E for a Big Mac. One night recently in Cortland, during a closed walk-through, Folk and Brown went kick for kick, Folk finally missing from 58 and Brown making from 63.
"The competition has caught everybody's respect on the team," Westhoff said.
So who's leading? Westhoff wouldn't say who has the edge. Statistically, Folk has a slighly higher percentage than Brown in practice. In games, Brown is 2-for-2, Folk 1-for-1. They will re-evaluate the competition after Sunday night's game, deciding if they want to extend it another week.
INJURY UPDATE: WR Santonio Holmes (ribs), WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) and WR Patrick Turner (ankle) will play Sunday night. S Yeremiah Bell (knee) and DT Mike DeVito (calf) are up in the air. ... NT Sione Pouha (back) won't play, as expected, but he said he's progressing and definitely will be ready for the regular-season opener. ... TE Jeff Cumberland (concussion), WR Chaz Schilens (ankle), CB Ellis Lankster (quadriceps), LB Ricky Sapp (ankle) and S Eric Smith (knee) are out.
ODDS AND ENDS: S LaRon Landry wasn't fined for his hit on Giants WR Victor Cruz. Landry said earlier in the week that he didn't expect to be fined, based on Cruz's postgame comments in which he called it a clean hit.