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Monday, October 31, 2011
Giants' Weatherford is 'Punter of the Day'

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

We love our punter news here at the NFC East blog, and Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information knows this. So he emails me whenever there's an NFC East connection to his weekly "Punter of the Day" award. This week, there's a big one.

New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford on Sunday became the second NFC East punter to win the award this year. (Washington's Sav Rocca, who's having the best overall year of any punter in the division, is the other.) Here's what Mark had to say about Weatherford's performance in the Giants' comeback victory over the Dolphins on Sunday:
Weatherford averaged 44.5 net yards on four punts, booting the four punts to the Dolphins 17, 5, 10, and 20. The last of those was a 55-yard boomer with 3:47 left and return man Reggie Bush was hit for a four-yard loss, leaving the Dolphins on their own 16-yard line. The punt improved the Giants win probability from 66.7 percent to 69.4 percent The Giants were able to hold on for the 20-17 win. The 44.5 net average was Weatherford's best net average of the season.

Congratulations to Weatherford for winning this prestigious award, and congratulations to Giants fans who wanted an upgrade over Matt Dodge. As soon as Weatherford signed in the offseason, I told you they'd found one. And quite frankly, this is the kind of thing that matters to a team that's 5-2 while outscoring its opponents by an average of just 1.4 points per game.