The New York Giants have added another player to their roster, signing former Virginia Tech placekicker Joey Slye.
Looks like the New York Giants are adding yet another player that participated in their rookie minicamp this past weekend—Joey Slye.
— New York Giants (@Giants) May 6, 2019
On Tuesday, the Giants signed former Virginia Tech kicker Joey Slye. Slye played for the Hokies from 2014-2017. He was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award for best kicker in the nation in 2015 and then again in 2016. In the 2016 season, Slye was named to the All-ACC First Team.
In 50-career games for the Hokies, Slye converted on 98.3% of extra points. He also connected on 72.2% of his field goals, giving him 403-career points during his time in college.
Slye was mostly brought in to be a safety valve if any injury befalls Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas prior to the regular season. Rosas will most definitely be the starting kicker after having a fantastic year in his sophomore season in 2018.
Rosas, who was signed as an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, connected on 97% of his field goals last season, along with 96.9% of his extra point attempts. His efforts earned him his first-career Pro Bowl. Rosas was also named to the AP All-Pro Second Team.
If Rosas is healthy at the start of the regular season, Slye most likely will be released. He would thus become a free agent once again and will begin searching for another opportunity. Slye tried out for numerous organizations prior to the 2018 regular season to no avail.
Slye isn’t the only special teams player the Giants signed after their rookie minicamp. The Giants recently signed former Rutgers punter Ryan Anderson. Anderson will go into Organized Training Activities and training camp looking to compete with current Giants punter Riley Dixon. OTAs begin May 20 and last until May 29.