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Mid-term reports: Looking at the special teams

Back to football today, gang. By the way, if you haven't voted on your favorite 'Unofficial Giants Cheerleader' I will leave the poll available for a couple more days.

Anyway, on to football. Let's continue our mid-season look at the New York Giants by reviewing the special teams.

Return Game: Reuben Droughns (kickoffs) and RW McQuarters (punts) have been adequate. The best thing you can say for both of them is that ball security has not been an issue. On the flip side, if you are looking for a big play you aren't going to get it from these guys. Ahmad Bradshaw has shown some potential on kickoff returns, but until Tom Coughlin trusts him not to fumble his chances will be very limited. Grade: C+

Kick Coverage: This is always a bit dicey, it seems. Leon Washington of the Jets burned the Giants for a touchdown on a kickoff return. Antwaan Randle El of Washington nearly did the same on a punt return. Seems like I'm always holding my breath hoping someone will make a tackle. Grade: C-

Kicking Game: Punter Jeff Feagles has been, well, just like Feagles. He's a tremendous punter and after what seems like 100 years in the league is still skilled at dropping punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. Placekicker Lawrence Tynes has been another story. Two extra points and three fairly short field goals missed, and I'm wondering why he still has a job. Rookie snapper Jay Alford has not been perfect on placekicks, but he seems to be getting better. Zak DeOssie will be snapping on punts in the NFL for a long time. This grade is weighed down severely by Tynes' inconsistencies. Grade: D+