Punter Riley Dixon has been traded to the New York Giants for a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick.
The 2016 seventh-round pick out of Syracuse became surplus to requirements in Denver after the Broncos snapped up former Oakland punter Marquette King in free agency.
The 24-year-old stayed away from the Broncos’ voluntary workouts while the team tried to find a trade partner.
With the Giants in the market to fill a hole after they released Brad Wing last month after a disappointing season and, with a deal completed, it means a return to his home state for Dixon 20 months after winning the starting job and taking over from Britton Colquitt, who was cut to save money.
Dixon averaged 45.6 yards a punt last season with a 40.2-yard net average. Twenty three of his punts were downed inside the 20, with three touchbacks, two blocked punts, and allowed one touchdown return.
It was a notable fall off from his rookie season in 2016 when he averaged 45.7 yards a punt with a 41.3-yard net average that saw 28 punts downed inside the 20 and six touchbacks that saw him set records as a rookie punter.
While Dixon was lauded as one of the most accurate punters coming out of Syracuse, his big knock is his weak leg, as evidenced in 2017 with a long-field average of just 45.04 yards when kicking from within his own 40, while his short-field average when kicking within the opposition’s 40 is a whopping 83.01% making him the most accurate punter.