The move seemed curious at first as the Giants already had two punters on their 90-man roster, but multiple reports have quickly surfaced that the Giants are waiving punter Ryan Anderson.
Anderson, who kicked at Rutgers in 2017, is a left-footed punter who was impressive throughout the spring and summer. His departure at this point should be considered a bit of a surprise.
Here is what Giants coach Pat Shurmur said about Anderson earlier this week:
“I think he’s done a good job in terms of he’s kind of caught our eye. He’s made plays. He’s worthy of the reps that he’s getting.”
Now, the Giants have replaced Anderson and added Townsend to the mix. The 24-year-old averaged 43.2 yards per punt in 2018, 31st in the league, during his rookie season. He was 29th in the league with a 38.3-yard net average.