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Giants’ 90-man roster: Punter Riley Dixon coming off good season

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Dixon has company in the form of Ryan Anderson, but does he really have competition

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Riley Dixon had a good season for the New York Giants in 2018 after being acquired from the Denver Broncos. Let’s take a closer look at the punter as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp this summer.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 221
Age: 25
Position: Punter
Experience: 3

2018 season in review

Not wanted by the Denver Broncos after they acquired Marquette King, the Giants traded a seventh-round pick to get Dixon as a replacement for Brad Wing. That turned out to be an excellent move.

Despite concerns that his distance would suffer without spending half the season kicking in the Denver altitude, Dixon’s 45.4 yards per punt average was only two-tenths of below his career 45.6 mark. That placed him 11th in the league.

Dixon helped the Giants average 41.8 net yards per punt attempt, seventh in the NFL.

2019 outlook

A little bit like with long-snapper Zak DeOssie, why mess with something that isn’t broken. At 25, Dixon is entering his fourth NFL season. He figures to continue to get better as he fine tunes his craft.

Undrafted free agent punter Ryan Anderson is in camp, and in the one OTA practice witnessed thus far, he looks like a legitimate punter. In all likelihood, though, that is going to have to be with someone else.