Sometimes, players who sign reserve/futures contracts have interesting stories behind their NFL opportunities. Aldrick Rosas, a placekicker signed by the New York Giants on Thursday, is one of those.
Rosas kicked for Southern Oregon, an NAIA team in 2013 and 2014. Southern Oregon won the NAIA national title in 2014. Rosas suffered a torn ACL and didn’t kick in 2015. He actually declared early for the 2016 NFL Draft and ended up with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. He made four extra points and his only field-goal, a 33-yarder, but was released. His bio from his time with Tennessee lists his collegiate statistics.
Southern Oregon coach Craig Howard thinks Rosas has a chance.
“I’ve coached Jeff Chandler, who kicked for the San Francisco 49ers… Chandler was the all-time leading scorer in Florida Gators history… Aldrick Rosas is a lot better kicker than the guy that I knew, I coached, that become the all-time leading scorer in Florida, went to the 49ers, then the Washington Redskins. This guy’s got a bright future, you know.”
Chandler had a three-year NFL career from 2002-2004.
Robbie Gould, who finished the season as the Giants’ placekicker, is a free agent.
If you are interested in watching a placekicker hit a lot of kicks really far, and make a few pretty big hits for a kicker the video below is for you.
Here is the full list of players the Giants have signed to reserve/futures deals:
CB Michael Hunter
WR Darius Powe
RB Jacob Huesman
QB Keith Wenning
DE Jordan Williams
DE Stansly Maponga
WR Kevin Norwood
CB Donte Deayon
S Ryan Murphy
OL Jon Halapio
OL Adam Gettis
OT Michael Bowie
LB Curtis Grant
RB Daryl Virgies
K Aldrick Rosas
C Khaled Holmes