Giants release punter Riley Dixon

The New York Giants released punter Riley Dixon, the team announced Thursday.

Dixon, who spent four seasons with the Giants, became expendable after New York signed former Browns punter Jamie Gillan.

According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, the Giants will save $2.8 million in cap space by releasing Dixon.

In 2021, the 28-year-old Dixon struggled and finished with a 44.4-yard gross average(worst of his career) and a 39.5-yard net average.

The six-year veteran was acquired by the Giants from the Denver Broncos in a trade for a conditional seventh-round draft choice on April 23, 2018, before his third NFL season.

Dixon owns the Giants’ two highest single-season net punting averages since that became an official statistic in 1976 with 42.0 yards in 2019 and 41.8 yards in 2018.

In 65 games, Dixon had a 45.2-yard gross average and a 40.6-yard net average on 279 punts. He placed 101 kicks inside the 20-yard line and had three punts blocked.

In his first year with the Giants, Dixon set a then franchise record with his 41.8-yard net average on 71 punts. The following season, he reset the record with a 42.0-yard net average.