Giants win — despite Dodge

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

Perhaps it’s time Dodge just got the hell out.

That would be Giants punter Matt Dodge, who may be the most inconsistent punter of his generation.

Dodge yesterday brought out the boo birds on his first punt of the game against the Lions when he dropped the snap from centre, managed to retrieve it and then fumbled it again, much to the dismay of the Giants faithful.

The mistake led to a Detroit touchdown. Were it the first such Dodge-play of the season, it likely would have gone unnoticed, but this guy already marked himself as Target No. 1 with his shaky performances.

Fortunately for Dodge, the opposition was the equally hapless Detroit Lions who would have no luck at all if they didn’t have bad luck, eventually dropping a 28-20 decision.

The Lions are now down to their No. 3 quarterback in Drew Stanton after Shaun Hill left just before the half with a broken left forearm. Hill had been holding his own with the Giants, but the drop to the No. 3 certainly made New York’s afternoon easier and helped mask Dodge’s earlier miscue.

Dodge did manage to redeem himself later in the game with a 59-yard punt that got some of the naysayers off his back, but when you’re asked to do only one thing and you somehow manage to mess that one thing up, people tend to take notice.

Earlier in the week, the shaky-handed punter had his holding duties on placekicks taken away from him.

If he manages to fumble any more punts or strings together a series of short ones, don’t be surprised to hear the Giants are in the market for a new punter.


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