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Giants Sign Kicker Blanchard

The New York Giants signed former Jets kicker Cary Blanchard Wednesday, two days after Brad Daluiso tore a knee ligament on the final play of a game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Blanchard has played eight years in the NFL, most recently with the Washington Redskins last season, where he made 11 of 17 field goal attempts and 30 of 31 extra point attempts.

During his career, Blanchard has made 131 of 170 field goals. His longest field goal is 54 yards.

The 30-year-old Blanchard kicked for the Jets during the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

"I'm used to the stadium," said Blanchard, "but I'm a little bit more mature now since it was my first couple of years in, so I have to do better than I did back then."

Blanchard tried out for the team Wednesday under windy and rainy conditions. He beat out three other kickers.

"It went real good out here, considering the weather," Blanchard said. "I think that's one of the reasons why they had me in here because I had dealt with the stadium before."

Blanchard said also tried out for Chicago last week.

On Monday, Daluiso kicked a 22-yard, game-winning field goal to lead the Giants to a 13-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. But Daluiso tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while trying to make a tackle on a kickoff to end the game.

"All I know is that I walked off the field, got into the tunnel and was told I needed an X-ray," Daluiso said on Wednesday. "I don't know why I just didn't sit there because it hurt like crazy, but I didn't think I knew what was going on."

Daluiso is scheduled to have surgery in the next few weeks.

Blanchard said he was happy to get the opportunity to play for the Giants, but felt bad about what happened to Daluiso.

"I know Brad, he's a good friend of mine, and I've known him for quite a long time," said Blanchard. "But we've got 10 games left in the season, so let's get to the playoffs. I'll do my job now and make my field goals."

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