For the first time since 2006, the New York Giants are about to enter a season without Zak DeOssie handling some if not all of the long-snapping duties. That job is expected to fall to Casey Kreiter.
So, who is Kreiter? Let’s take a closer look.
Age: 30 when season begins
Contract: One-year, $1.475 million
How he got here
Snapped at Iowa for four seasons. Went undrafted in 2014, then spent two training camps with the Dallas Cowboys, failing to make the team each time.
Kreiter joined the Denver Broncos in 2016 and spent the last four seasons snapping there. Giants punter Riley Dixon was the punter and holder in Denver for two of those seasons. Kreiter was named to the Pro Bowl in 2018. He delivered 146 punt and field-goal snaps without a miscue that season.
Apparently seeking to get younger at the position, the Broncos chose not to-resign Kreiter this offseason. With DeOssie gone and apparently feeling they needed an upgrade from Colin Holba, who snapped in fives games for them last season, the Giants signed Kreiter.
Kreiter should be the Giants’ long-snapper. Currently, he is the only experienced one on the roster. The Giants will hope Kreiter can be the long-term answer at a position no one notices until something goes wrong.
The Giants have placed added emphasis on special teams since Dave Gettleman became GM, and that will only be intensified with Joe Judge, a former special teams coach, now the team’s head coach.
It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the Giants thus added an established snapper like Kreiter to be the DeOssie replacement.