Giants punter Steve Weatherford was released on Friday by the team. The fans weren't the only ones that were caught off guard by the move.  

"Was I surprised they cut him?" said Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, on 104.5 The Team. "Yes … I didn’t see it coming.

"I had a locker next to him and it was sad to see him pack his stuff. You never want to see a good teammate of yours go."

A member of the team since 2011, Weatherford's talents went beyond the game of football. He has been a personality on ESPN Radio and viewed as a interesting character for those both inside and outside the organization.

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Physically built like a linebacker, Weatherford had a larger role with the Giants than most punters traditionally have on a team.

"He was a great leader. Guys looked up to him. He was always so energetic … that’s what you get, what you see from Steve. His energy, his passion for the game, his passion for his fitness. He rubs off on people."

It was reported that the staff had been disappointed with Weatherford's directional punts this pre-season.

"I hope he sticks around in the area and I get to see him from time to time. I hope he gets picked up and gets to play. I know he was obviously disappointed to see the team let him go, but they moved on, the NFL moves on and we got to get ready for Dallas."

The Giants traded for Steelers punter Brad Wing with a 7th round conditional pick on Friday afternoon.

Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz joins Armen and Levack every Tuesday at 5:15pm ET, thanks to McLane Food Service, on 104.5 The Team.

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