The place kicker, Lawrence Tynes, has won the NFC Special Teams Player of The Week Award. Yes, you read that correctly. Tynes, who has been a sore point with fans for years had a tremendous night last Thursday versus the Carolina Panthers. Tynes was 5 for 5 in field goals and 3 for 3 on extra points with a long of 49 yards. All of Tynes’ kicks were dead down the middle with plenty to spare in distance. I ene commented to my wife while watching the game “Who is this guy and what happened to Lawrence Tynes?”
Tynes came over from the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2007 season after averaging 77% in made field goals with a long of 53 yards and making all but 4 extra points. In 2007, Lawrence bumped up his stats to 85% while making 23 of 27, while missing 2 extra points. Many have thought he would have been replaced, or at least threatened with competition had he not made the final kick in Green Bay to send the Giants to the Super Bowl. Since then he has not been stellar in field goals, averaging just under 82% made, or kickoffs, but once again we heard Bob Papa utter the phrase “Lawrence Tynes has kicked the Giants to the Super Bowl” and we knew Lawrence would be back as the starter.
It looks like the Giants patience has paid off once again. Lawrence Tynes is 10 for 10 with a long of 49 and seems to have developed an arsenal of different kickoffs for all occasions. The season is young, but with the offense struggling slightly in the “Green Zone”, Tynes has been a steady contributor through three games. Maybe his friendship with punter, and holder Steve Weatherford has given him more confidence, whatever it is, it’s working.
Congratulations Lawrence…Keep it up, and maybe Bob Papa will utter that famous phrase a few more times….