He is a kicker who’s constructed like a linebacker.
Even with a bye this weekend, the Giants may need to depend on Ryan Santoso for discipline targets, PATs and kickoffs once they return to motion Nov. 29 in opposition to the Bengals. If that’s the case — Graham Gano examined optimistic for COVID-19 and is within the recovery protocols — the Giants don’t anticipate to go for fourth downs and two-point conversions to keep away from Santoso.
“Ryan has a huge leg and has shown a tremendous amount of improvement since he’s been here,” Judge mentioned. “It’s a unique skill set that he does all three – field goals, kickoffs and punts. He’s a mentally tough guy, too. He’s one of my favorite guys on the practice field.”
The 6-foot-5, 258-pound Santoso beforehand was with the Lions and Titans however has by no means tried a kick in a recreation. He will get most of his apply reps on Fridays.
“Me and him normally have some kind of side bets going on as he’s kicking [to] kind of put a little bit of pressure on it,” mentioned Judge, a longtime particular groups coordinator who credited his lieutenants Thomas McGaughey and Tom Quinn for growing Santoso.
“I think he’s a little better in terms of roping that thing through the uprights when I’m talking a little smack behind him.”
The Giants have protected Santoso from getting signed by one other staff off their apply squad all through the season simply in case they wound up in this actual spot. He was added to the 53-man roster Monday.
“We have a lot of confidence in Ryan,” Judge mentioned. “He’s definitely a developing player. I think he’s got a big upside in this league for a long time.”
Giants offensive guard Will Hernandez missed two video games earlier this month after a optimistic COVID-19 check. Could Gano actually miss none? He is required to overlook no less than 10 days if he’s symptomatic however might return sooner if he will get two consecutive PCR exams separated by 24 hours.
“There’s an opportunity for that,” Judge mentioned, “but there are some other things that go into that as well. Are there any setbacks in that time window? When does the physician clear him? There’s a ramp-up period. We have to be fair to this guy sitting in a hotel room for a couple weeks.”
Gano is 21-for-22 on discipline targets this season and simply signed a contract extension by means of 2023.
“In fantasy football, yeah, plug him in and we’re good to go,” Judge mentioned. “But, in reality, are we doing the fair thing to him individually and the team collectively to take someone who hasn’t had two weeks of an opportunity to prepare to go out there and do a job?”