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Giants’ 90-man roster: Zak DeOssie just keeps on doing his job

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Long snapper is getting ready for 13th NFL season

NFL: New York Giants at Denver Broncos
Zak DeOssie
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Here’s a question — Which New York Giants elder statesman, Eli Manning or Zak DeOssie, will be the last man standing from the team’s 2007 Super Bowl title?

The safe money might be on DeOssie, the 35-year-old long snapper entering his 13th NFL season. He just seems to keep on going ... and going ... and going.

Let’s look a little bit at DeOssie as we continue our player-by-player look at the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 250
Position: Long snapper
Age: 35
Experience: 12

2018 season in review

DeOssie played in all 16 games for the Giants, the 11th time he has appeared in every game. The only season he missed any time was in 2015 when a wrist injury limited him to 12 games. DeOssie had three solo tackles, amazingly his first tackles since 2014. If he delivered any errant snaps, I can’t recall them.

2019 outlook

There really isn’t any reason to think DeOssie won’t continue as the team’s snapper. Taybor Pepper is in camp, but probably not a threat. Pepper did snap for the Green Bay Packers for four games in 2017. Undrafted free agent Jake Carlock (LIU Post) also has significant snapping experience.

Why, though, try to fix something that isn’t broken? Only two long snappers, Don Muhlbach of the Detroit Lions (15 seasons) and John Denney of the Miami Dolphins (14 seasons) are longer-tenured, per longsnap.com