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The Giants have released K Josh Brown, a move long overdue since the domestic violence allegations against him. The G-Men will move forward with K Robbie Gould, who connected on 1 FG and 2 XPs in his team debut last week.

9:04pm EDT 10/20/16

The Giants have signed K Robbie Gould. He'll kick vs. the Rams this Sunday and presumably for the rest of the season. Gould drilled 33 of 39 FGs (84.6%) for the Bears last year and sits on a career 85.4% conversion rate. He's on the spot-start radar, but we wouldn't use him this week.

The Giants have announced that K Josh Brown won't travel with them to London and plan to "revisit the situation when they return," according to ESPN's Jordan Ranaan. The only change to the Brown "situation" is that a journal entry in which he admitted abusing his wife has come to light, which only makes it tougher for the team to keep ignoring the charges that have already been hanging over Brown for more than a year. Fantasy owners should go ahead and drop Brown for a replacement this week. Don't be surprised if Brown doesn't kick again for the Giants -- at least this season. This reminds us of the Ray Rice "situation" in Baltimore.

The Giants on Monday signed K Randy Bullock to at least serve as the Week 1 replacement for Josh Brown. The league suspended Brown 1 game over domestic violence chargers. The "at least" is significant here because we've seen the NFL stiffen domestic-violence discipline in the past after receiving more information. The suspension stemmed from a May 2015 arrest for 4th-degree assault, but more alarming allegations have surfaced recently. We'll see if turns into any further discipline.

Giants K Josh Brown has been suspended 1 game for violating the league's personal conduct policy. It's unclear what Brown did to draw the ban. He'll be a fine fantasy option starting in Week 2, but he's not worth a pick in drafts now.

Update: Brown's suspension was the result of a domestic violence charge against him in 2015.

The Broncos have traded a 7th-round pick to the Giants in exchange for K Brandon McManus.  Denver needs a kicker for the first 4 games with Matt Prater suspended.  It looks like McManus is their guy.  The rookie nailed his only 2 preseason FG attempts, 46-and 47-yarders, and has a booming leg.  He drilled a 75-yarder in practice, according to the New York Times' Bill Pennington.  McManus will be an intriguing fantasy spot starter kicker for Denver's high-powered offense.  The Giants, meanwhile are sticking with K Josh Brown.

10:43am EDT 3/13/13

The Giants have signed K Josh Brown.  Stepping in for an injured Mike Nugent in Cincinnati last year, Brown drilled 13 of 14 FGs in 5 games.  He sports a career 81.3% FG conversion rate.  Considering the Giants provided Lawrence Tynes 39 FG attempts last year -- 2nd most league-wide -- Brown will be on the radar as a fantasy starter in 2013.  Speaking of Tynes, the free agent will start looking for a new home for the upcoming season.

2:29pm EST 12/28/12

Bengals K Mike Nugent (calf) has been placed on IR.  Josh Brown will kick for Cincy in Week 17 and in the playoffs.  He's gone 8 for 9 on FGs over the past 3 weeks, with his only miss coming from 56 yards out.

12:03pm EST 12/23/12

Bengals K Mike Nugent (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Steelers.  Josh Brown will kick again for Cincy.

Bengals K Mike Nugent (calf) is a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt against the Steelers. Josh Brown will kick again if Nugent can't go. Avoid the situation in fantasy.

11:36am EST 12/9/12

As expected, Bengals K Mike Nugent is inactive for today's game against the Cowboys.  Josh Brown kicks in his place.  He's not a recommended fantasy option.

Bengals K Mike Nugent is likely out for this weekend's game against the Cowboys with a calf injury.  According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Cincy will sign K Josh Brown to replace Nugent.  Avoid the situation in fantasy.

10:19am EDT 8/27/12

The Jets have released K Josh Brown.  They'll stick with Nick Folk as their kicker.  Folk has gone 4 of 4 on FGs this preseason but connected on just 76% last year.  On an uninspiring offense, he's not a recommended fantasy option.

The Jets have signed K Josh Brown, who was just released by the Rams.  Brown will enter a camp battle with incumbent Nick Folk.  Our money is on Brown, who sports a 81% career FG conversion rate, compared to Folk's 78% mark.  Neither guy will be a particularly attractive fantasy option though.

12:04pm EDT 4/29/12

The Browns have released K Josh Brown.  The 33-year-old made just 75% of his FG attempts last season -- his lowest mark since 2005.  St. Louis will forge ahead with 6th-round rookie Greg Zuerlein.  The Missouri Western State product set a DII record last year with 21 consecutive FGs.  He made 23 of 24 overall.

Rams K Josh Brown injured his groin last week in practice. He shanked a 42-yarder wide right yesterday. "He should be OK," said Jim Haslett. Brown has quietly been productive for the Rams, hitting 24 of 29 FG attempts, including a sizzling 6-8 from 50+ yards.

Less than 24 hours after K Jeff Wilkins retired, the Rams signed free-agent K Josh Brown (Seattle) to a 5-year, $14.2 million contract.  That's ridiculous money for a kicker, especially for a guy who's missed 3 of his last 7 tries *in* St. Louis.  However, Brown did drill a 54-yard game winner against them in 2006. He'll be just as reliable as Wilkins was.

Back on Sept. 15th we mentioned (on the Friday e-mail recap) that the Seahawks replaced their long snapper on field goals. It turns out new LS Derek Rackley is indeed having trouble getting in rhythm with holder Ryan Plackmeier. Last Sunday Plackemeier dropped a snap, leading to the team's 3rd blocked field goal in 2 games. "I tried to stop," K Josh Brown said. "I didn't want to kick it. Things were off and I felt the best option for me was to stop, but I couldn't stop fast enough." This isn't a cause for major panic -- kickers are still kickers -- but if these guys are learning on the job you may want to lean on another kicker for a week or two. Joe Nedney & Rian Lindell are both htting the ball well and both can smack 'em from 50-55 yards.

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