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Friday, July 29, 2011
Matt Dodge on the hot seat

By Dan Graziano

More punter news!

On Thursday, The Star-Ledger reported that the Giants were talking to Brad Maynard about coming in to replace embattled punter Matt Dodge. Today brings news, courtesy of The New York Post, that they're also talking to 43-year-old veteran Matt Turk.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin repeatedly expressed confidence last year in Dodge and his ability while Dodge was struggling through some high-profile mistakes. That seemed to fall apart in the wake of DeSean Jackson's game-winning punt return in Week 15, when Coughlin was famously caught on camera chewing out Dodge for not punting the ball out of bounds. And if the Giants are poking around on veteran punters now, it could mean that the importance of winning this season outweighs the importance of maintaining patience with Dodge.