How much is there really to write, or say, about a long-snapper? Well, in terms of performance review and outlook probably not a whole lot. Still, Zak DeOssie is next on our list as we profile each player on the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
Position: Long snapper
Weight: 249 pounds
2017 season in review
DeOssie just keeps on keeping on. He played all 16 games for the Giants in 2017, with nary a bad snap. He tied Andrew Adams for second on the team with six special teams tackles. Nat Berhe led the team with 10.
At 34, DeOssie still appears to love his job. He snaps well and he continues to be able to get down the field quickly to contribute in punt coverage.
Things you may not know, or remember
- DeOssie was drafted in the fourth round in 2007 as a linebacker. He did get some playing time there in 2008, but that was really it for his linebacking career.
- DeOssie gave up any pretense of being a linebacker in the 2010 season.
- DeOssie initially snapped on only punts. He didn’t snap for placekicks until taking ovber for an injured Jay Alford in 2010.
- DeOssie was the 116th player selected in the 2007. Current teammate William Gay was also selected in that draft, (Round 5, 170th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers.