Riley Dixon will have competition for the New York Giants punting job. The Giants confirmed Tuesday afternoon that they are using one of their two newly-created roster vacancies on punter Taylor Symmank.
Symmank was with the Vikings during the 2017 preseason. The 25-year-old punted nine times for an average of 42.9 yards per punt, with five punts being downed inside the 20-yard line. His longest punt was 60 yards. Symmank has never punted in an NFL regular-season game.
Symmank punted collegiately at Texas Tech. He lost a competition for the Minnesota punting job last year with veteran Ryan Quigley. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was offensive coordinator of the Vikings last season, so he has familiarity with Symmank.
The Giants acquired Dixon from the Denver Broncos in a trade for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Two roster spots were opened on Monday when the Giants cut three players and added only one, undrafted free agent rookie tight end Garrett Dickerson.
The Symmank signing has not been officially announced by the Giants. Nor has a move to fill the second available roster spot.