The New York Giants left London with a big win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
They also left without their punter.
Jamie Gillan, affectionately known as ‘The Scottish Hammer’, is said to have passport issues and has not been allowed to return to the United States, the NFL Network has reported.
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The hope is that Gillan will return to the United States on Thursday. To be sure, the Giants will work out bettors in case Gillan can’t play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
One of the Giants’ newest members this season after the team left Riley Dixon, Gillan has been solid for New York in all five of his games. Against the Packers, he took a safety running around the end zone before going out of bounds to kill the clock. That decision ultimately led to victory, with Aaron Rodgers being sacked on a potential Hail Mary.
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Gillan is also fourth in the league in average punt yards with 51.0 on 21 attempts. He also had four punts inside the 20-yard line.
Gillan also appears to be performing his starting duties well for placekicker Graham Gano.
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Gillan was born in Scotland and began his career playing rugby before moving to Maryland with his father in the Royal Air Force. That’s when Gillan started playing football in high school, and he was hooked from there.
In 2019, in his first year with the Cleveland Browns, Gillan even said he popped three out of four regulation-sized footballs he bought to practice punting. He beat veteran Britton Colquitt that year for the starting punter role.
Gillan had a connection with head coach Brian Daboll. He was on the Bills’ practice squad at the end of last season after the Browns waived him. Daboll coached the Bills’ offense last season.
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Daboll and the rest of the Giants are hoping their punter can join them soon.