Zak DeOssie has been the long-snapper for the New York Giants since 2007, and indications are that he isn’t going anywhere just yet. Still, it’s good to have a Plan B when your snapper is 35 and entering his 13th NFL season.
Enter Taybor Pepper.
Let’s learn about Pepper as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp later this summer.
Position: Long snapper
How he got here
Pepper snapped at Michigan State from 2013-15. He was out of football in 2016, but got an opportunity in 2017 with the Green Bay Packers via a reserve/futures contract. He ended up getting cut by both the Packers and then the Baltimore Ravens before an injury re-opened a door in Green Bay. He snapped for the Packers in four 2017 regular-season games before breaking his foot and landing on IR. Pepper signed a reserve-futures contract for 2019 with the Giants.
As long as DeOssie is healthy, probably not good. At least with the Giants. Like many players across the league on 90-man rosters, though, Pepper can put himself in position to step in for the Giants if DeOssie is injured. Or, perhaps find work with another team in need of a snapper.