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Aldrick Rosas: Will he be the Giants’ placekicker in 2020?

Legal issues, inconsistency cloud his future

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Aldrick Rosas

Will Aldrick Rosas be the New York Giants’ placekicker during the 2020 NFL season? That’s a good question, impacted both by his being charged in an alleged hit-and-run accident last month and by his inconsistency during three seasons with the Giants.

Let’s take a closer look.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 221
Age: 25
Position: Placekicker
Experience: 3
Contract: One-year, $3.259 million

How he got here

Rosas has had three wildly up-and-down seasons since winning the Giants’ plackicking job in 2017.

  • As a rookie, he made only 18 of 25 field goals, a 72 percent rate that put the Giants 31st in the league in field-goal conversional percentage.
  • In 2018, Rosas had a Pro Bowl season. He made a franchise record 97 percent of his field goal attempts, connecting on 32 of 33. He also missed only one of 32 tries on the 33-yard extra-point attempt.
  • In 2019, the sub-par Rosas re-appeared. He made only 12 of 17 field goal attempts, putting the Giants 30th in the league in field goal conversional percentage at 70.59 percentage.

For his career, Rosas has made 62 of 75 field goal tries, 82.7 percent. In 2019, 15 NFL teams made more than 82.7 percent of their field goals.

2020 outlook

The Giants did not cut Rosas after his rough rookie season, believing in the former NAIA kicker’s talent. That paid dividends in 2018. Last season not so much.

With two inconsistent seasons out of three and now the as-yet unresolved hit-and-run charges hanging over his head it’s anyone’s guess as to whether Rosas is even on the roster when the Giants open training camp July 28.

Coach Joe Judge has committed to not making rash decisions on the roster status of both Rosas and DeAndre Baker regarding their legal issues.

Even if the hit-and-run is resolved favorably for Rosas and the Giants are satisfied with that outcome, there is no guarantee Rosas will survive training camp as the Giants’ kicker.

There are roughly a dozen teams with more than one placekicker on their roster, as well as free agents both young and old available. Rosas could be the Giants’ kicker in 2020. It should not, though, surprise anyone if he is not.