New York Giants: Graham Gano having excellent season despite team struggles

Anthony Rivardo
New York Giants, Graham Gano
Oct 11, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Giants kicker Graham Gano (5) is congratulated by holder Riley Dixon (9) after kicking a field goal in the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The 2-6 New York Giants are in the middle of another greatly disappointing season. The Giants have struggled to win games despite being within reach in many of their contests. The majority of the Giants’ roster is struggling, however, there are some bright spots. Graham Gano has been one of the biggest bright spots for the Giants in 2021 despite the team’s struggles.

Graham Gano stats and highlights

Since joining the Giants in 2020, Graham Gano has been one of the best and most consistent members of the team. Last season, Gano bounced back after missing the entirety of the 2019 season. His first season with the Giants saw Gano put 31 kicks through the upright on 31 attempts. Since entering the NFL in 2009, Graham has been one of the best kickers in the league. The veteran is holding strong and maintaining his status among the best.

This season, Graham Gano has made 88.9% of his field-goal attempts (16/18). His longest field goal of 55-yards has already tied his longest made kick from 2020. Gano has gone a perfect 10/10 on extra points, too. Gano has been kicking from deep more frequently this season, too.

In 2020, Gano made 5 of 6 field goals from 50+ yards out in 16 games. In 8 games this season, Gano is 5 of 6 on field goals of 50+ yards. Graham has been money from deep despite being called to kick from long-range more often than last year.

Graham Gano has also improved on kickoffs this season. 57.1% of Graham’s kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks this year, compared to 41.1% of his kickoffs from 2020.

The New York Giants might be one of the worst teams in the NFL, but they do have one of the league’s best kickers. Graham Gano has been a major bright spot on this team that has struggled to put together winning games. As a 34-year-old veteran in this league, Graham Gano’s window of opportunity to win serious games could be closing soon. But if the Giants can quickly propel their team into a winning situation, they will march into field goal situations comfortably with Graham Gano as their special teams captain.