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Giants sign PK Mason Crosby, put Cade York on IR

Kicker situation takes another crazy turn for Giants

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Mason Crosby
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The New York Giants placekicker crazy train took another wild, unexpected turn on Friday as the team signed veteran kicker Mason Crosby to the practice squad and placed Cade York on practice squad-injured reserve with a quad injury suffered Thursday.

York is the third kicker the Giants have placed on injured reserve this season, joining Graham Gano and Randy Bullock. York, a fourth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2022, was expected to kick Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bullock was placed on IR Thursday after suffering a hamstring injury Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Crosby, 39, kicked for the Green Bay Packers from 2007-2022. He worked out for the Giants a few weeks ago with the Giants choosing to add Bullock to their practice squad at the time.

Crosby has made 395 of 485 field goal attempts in his career, 81.4%.

Here is something that special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey said in October, before the knee injury suffered by Gano that set this chain of events at placekicker in motion:

“I tell people this all the time: once you get on the kicker train, the destination is unknown. So, when you’re on that train that’s been steady, and you know the destination, you know exactly where you’re going, you like to ride on that train. But when you get one you really don’t know, you think you know, but you really don’t know until you know, you could be anywhere. You can look up and you could be halfway across the world before you find another one. That kicker train is dangerous. It can take you anywhere.”

It has certainly taken the Giants on a wild ride the past few weeks.