In comment 13398567
Big Blue '56 said:
| I'm always skeptical about a rookie PK handling the NY pressure..
I'm not sure there is really much "NY pressure" for a FA kicker.
In order for NY pressure to be a factor I think one or more of the following has to apply:
1. The player just signed a FA contract for BIG money.
2. The player is a high draft choice.
3. The player plays a prominent position.
The media and fans are all over players in the above-mentioned categories and that creates external pressure on the player. But there is almost no external pressure on a kicker. People only really notice kickers when they start missing kicks. And if they do start missing kicks the fans and media will be calling for their heads, no matter what NFL city they play in.
I would also contend that if the Giants do go with a rookie kicker this year he will have LESS pressure than the Tampa Bay kicker last year.
You may remember that the Bucs traded up in the second round to take their kicker, Roberto Aguayo. That meant Aguayo had the added (external) pressure of playing up to his draft position. Before he even lined up for his first kick he had to hear from the media and the fans criticizing the Bucs for trading up into the second round to draft a kicker. He had to hear about how he was the highest drafted kicker in over a decade.
And since Aguayo played at FL State he also had to deal with the pressure of playing in front of more family and friends than the average rookie kicker.
That's external pressure.
There's no way to know for sure of course, but I think Aguayo would have had a much better year if he was a FA kicker, playing in NY.