Ryan Santoso generating “significant business interest”?
The Giants might be able to find a draft pick from a kicker who didn’t try for a basket or extra point in an NFL regular season game. According to Ian Rapoport from NFL.com, the teams called the Giants to discuss a trade for Ryan Santoso because he is generating “significant business interest.” Santoso is blocked by Graham Gano in New York, but other clubs believe he’s an NFL caliber kicker.
Santoso signed with the Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2018, and he also spent time with the CFL Titans and Montreal Alouettes. He appeared in three games for Tennessee in 2019 and was deployed as a kickoff specialist during that streak. He handled 17 kickoffs, including nine for touchbacks, before being called off.
Last year, he bounced on and off the Giants’ training squad and active roster, and he signed a reserve / futures contract in January. During his first two years as a college student in Minnesota, he was the Golden Gophers’ main kicker. He’s been a bettor for the last two years of his college career, and while his versatility can be an asset, it seems his main focus right now is his kicking abilities. Although he only had one extra point attempt (which was crowned with success) in New York’s pre-season opener last week, he would have performed well at camp. coaching.
The Patriots Nick Folk suffers from injury and UDFA rookie Quinn Nordin struggled mightily in the team’s second preseason game on Thursday. As such, New England could be one of the clubs to learn about Santoso, and the Joe Judge-Pats connection could obviously help facilitate a deal. Giants’ Meadowlands rivals the Jets currently have just one kicker, Matt Ammendola, who was not drafted in 2020 and signed with the Panthers in May this year before being lifted and hanging on to Gang Green. The Jets are therefore emerging as another possible landing point.
Carolina might also be interested. Joey Slye, who has been the team’s spot kicker for the past two years, missed his third kick of the preseason in Saturday night’s loss to Baltimore, and the head coach Matt Rhule didn’t mince his words after the game.
“You have to produce and so far Joey hasn’t produced at the level that we need him to”, Rhule said, via Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper. “I think he would be the first guy to say that. We have to find a way to get over this bump with him.