Monday, November 7, 2011
Weatherford repeats as 'Punter of the Day'
By Dan Graziano
New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford is mounting a serious challenge to Sav Rocca's spot on the NFC East All-Division Team. Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information is making sure I don't overlook Weatherford, who was the Giants' offensive star of the scoreless first half of Sunday's victory in New England. For the second week in a row, Mark has named Weatherford his "Punter of the Day," making Weatherford the first two-time winner of the award Mark established this year. From Mark:
Weatherford put five of his eight punts inside the 20-yard line. He's the first punter this season to have five punts in a game that were inside the 20-yard line, the first Giant with that many since Jeff Feagles had six in a game in the 2006 season.
Of the seven punts that Weatherford had in which the Patriots maintained possession, their average starting field position was their own 13-yard line. The two punts on which they didn't start inside the 20, they started on the 20- and 21-yard lines.
Also worth saluting is the Giants punt return coverage unit, which has allowed only 37 yards on nine punts returned in the last three games.
Who'd'a thunk? The Giants earning special teams accolades. Things really are upside down in this division.
Anyway, Mark named the Seahawks' Jon Ryan and the Colts' Pat McAfee as two punters who had a strong case to beat out Weatherford for the award this week, but one of the criteria Mark uses is that he only awards Punter of the Day to a punter on a winning team. And since Mark invented the award and is the only voter who votes on it ... well, he can pretty much do whatever he wants with it, can't he?