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Giants’ Aldrick Rosas Learning To Kick Under Pressure

Former NAIA kicker aims to do something that no one ever expected

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Aldrick Rosas is performing well at camp and showing more and more why he has a chance to make the New York Giants roster. Rosas has never kicked for an NFL team and hails from an NAIA college. Last year, Rosas was cut by the Tennessee Titans despite hitting all three of his extra points and a 33-yard field goal in the preseason. This year, he will try and shock everyone and make the Giants Week 1 roster as the team’s placekicker.

Since Rosas has yet to kick in an NFL regular season game, it is yet to be known if he will be able to kick in those pressure situations.

“Put 80,000 people in the stands and watch him kick,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “That’s the best way to put pressure on him.

“It’s a great environment out here. Our fans are tremendous, they’re out there and they’re yelling some things at him, too, that helps put the pressure on him. So we do appreciate that, but there’s nothing like kicking in games, even in preseason games. That’s the best way to put pressure on him.”

Rosas doesn't seem to be worried about the pressure situations. Whether or not he has kicked in a regular season game doesn't bother him. He is ready to go out there and prove that her can excel in the pressure situations and so far he has.

“It’s just how everything slows down in a way,” Rosas said. “I’m out there and it’s easier in the game because in the game I just see the line and I see my holder, my snapper and everything slows down for me. It’s easier.”

Rosas had been the only kicker on the Giants’ roster until the team signed veteran Mike Nugent on Tuesday morning.

“The way I look at it is there is a lot of competitions going around with other teams. So, every day it’s not just me kicking by myself out here. I’m looking constantly with every team, every competition keeping up with everybody,” Rosas said. “At the end of the day, I’m competing against 32 teams, 32 other spots.”

It remains to be seen if the Giants will give Rosas one of those 32 spots when the regular season starts.