The New York Giants are currently carrying two punters on their 90-man roster, incumbent Steve Weatherford and journeyman Robert Malone. Let's look at Malone as we continue our series of player-by-player profiles heading into training camp.
2014 Season in Review
Malone has not had a full-time NFL job since the 2012 season with the New York Jets. He was cut by the Jets two games into the 2013 season and did not find another job. He was in training camp with the Washington Redskins a year ago, but was released and once again failed to hook on during the season. The Giants signed him to a reserve/futures contract at the end of the season.
Malone's 2012 season was a mixed bag. He averaged 45.8 yards per punt and his 39.4 yards per punt net average was equal to Weatherford's. Only 36.9 percent of his punts were returned that season. He did, however, have four punts blocked.
2015 Season Outlook
Not good. At least not with the Giants. Weatherford has been the Giants' punter since 2011, and unless he suffers a debilitating injury it is hard to imagine anyone else punting for the Giants this season. For the 25-year-old Malone that probably means another year of waiting by the phone and hoping someone needs a punter to fill in during the season.