Former Syracuse football punter Riley Dixon is having a career year in 2019. Here are the details on the New York Giants rewarding him with an extension.
Riley Dixon may be headed to his first Pro Bowl since entering the league back in 2016 from Syracuse football.
On Sunday morning he was rewarded with a fat contract extension from the New York Giants. Jordan Raanan of ESPN was first on the story.
The pair agreed to a three-year contract extension that’ll keep the 26-year old in the blue and white for the foreseeable future. Riley was in the last year of his rookie contract making just under $800K.
Raanan called Dixon, “the Giants’ most consistent player during the 2019 season.”
The New York Giants season hasn’t gone according to the script. Big Blue currently holds the rights to the No. 2 overall pick and with that owns one of the worst records in the NFL. But don’t blame the former Orange star for the team’s struggles.
Riley is having a career year averaging 47 yards per punt, which ranks sixth in the NFL this season. He’s really helped the Giants in the battle for field position, which is an underrated part of the game we rarely discuss.
Since being taken 228th overall in the seventh round out of Syracuse, Dixon played two seasons with the Denver Broncos and was then traded to the Giants.
Since joining Big Blue, Riley has taken his game to another level.
Per the Giants, “he’s punted 46 times this season and career-best averages in both gross (47.0, sixth in the NFL), and net yardage (42.8, fifth in the league and on pace to set a franchise record). Dixon has placed 20 inside the 20-yard line – matching his total for the entire 2018 season – and Giants opponents have only 110 return yards in 12 games. His longest punt was 62 yards two weeks ago at Chicago.”
A huge part of recruiting in college football is your alum doing special things at the next level. For years former Syracuse football star Chandler Jones has carried that torch for the program and still continues to do so. But perhaps now he can at least share it with one of the best punters in the NFL, Riley Dixon.