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On Monday, Tom Coughlin was asked why he still has patience for struggling rookie punter Matt Dodge.


"I’m a very patient person," the Giants coach deadpanned.


Well, someone's patience is starting to at least run a bit thin.


The Giants brought in 11-year veteran punter Hunter Smith for a workout on Tuesday, according to someone who has seen the official NFL transaction wire. The person requested anonymity because the contents of the wire were to remain private.


Smith's agent, Tom Mills, could not be reached immediately for comment, so it's unclear if he left the area without signing a contract.


Smith, 33, spent the first decade of his career with the Colts, who drafted him in the seventh round of the 1998 draft. Smith was a solid punter for Indianapolis all the way through the 2008 season when he recorded a career-best net average of 38.8 yards. Despite that solid figure and 23 punts inside the 20-yard line, the Colts did not attempt to re-sign Smith, who then joined the Redskins as a free agent. Smith played in 13 games with Washington last season, recording a gross average of 41.3 yards and a net of 36.8 yards on 57 punts.


Smith has also served as a holder for place kicks, which also makes him a threat to Dodge. Over the past two weeks, Dodge has committed a pair of mistakes on field goals. The first came against the Titans when he failed to signal for the snap in time and the Giants were flagged for a delay-of-game penalty that pushed Lawrence Tynes' field goal attempt (one he would miss) to 44 yards instead of 39. This past Sunday, Dodge failed to spin the laces outward for Tynes, who missed a 38-yard attempt.


Dodge, who has struggled as a punter in three of the Giants' first four games, is averaging 43.5 yards per kick with a net average of 34.1 yards.


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Also working out for the Giants on Tuesday: former Steelers CB Joe Burnett, veteran OL Ike Ndukwe and rookie TE Nathan Overbay.



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As much as it might be technique to spin the laces out. A good kicker should be kicking a 38 yard field goal. Tynes has shown in the past even with Feagles or whoever is holding the ball, that it doesn't take a whole lot for him to get distracted.


Dodge should only be judged on his kicking, which I'll admit has been enought to lose the job.I was wrong it seems.

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he also left ny without a contract.


I think Dodge will will be kept until the bye. These type of tryouts are probably to gauge who's available and if Dodge continues to stink it up he can be cut and another punter can be signed quickly.

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