Matt Dodge is having a good practice, but then again, so did Rodney Williams a few years ago.
Dodge has hit four punts for an average of 58.3 yards, including sailers of 65 and 66 yards. That's okay, but observations from up north indicate he's only got so-so hang time. As Williams showed us all in 2001, it really doesn't matter if you can boom a punt 80 yards if you don't give your defense a chance to get down there and cover. More than once, he left us all agog with his tremendous foot, only to disappoint when he'd shank his next punt.
The expectation here is that, with the help of Jeff Feagles, Dodge will find some consistency. He'll need it, because Tom Coughlin won't tolerate a bunch of shanks for long. Also, he's preaching a directional philosophy, so Dodge will have to get in some heavy work on that. Despite everything, though, you might chalk up today as a good one for the seventh-round draft pick.
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