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Giants keep a short list of potential long snappers just in case

Zak DeOssie at practice during training camp at

Zak DeOssie at practice during training camp at the Timex Performance Center. (Aug. 9, 2011) Credit: Joe Epstein

They say the NFL is a copycat league, but when something bad happens to one particular team and they are exposed, it becomes a scaredy-cat league. That’s what’s been going on around the country since the Raiders lost their opener due in part to losing their long-snapper.

“And Washington’s guy broke his arm but he kept snapping,” Giants special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said today.

The Giants, therefore, spent some time this week preparing for an instance of Zak DeOssie not being available. Quinn said the Giants have three players who can handle the job if DeOssie had to come out … and one of them who did last year when DeOssie was out. Those three are Chase Blackburn, Jim Cordle and Mark Herzlich.

“We’re trying to train as many guys as we can,” Quinn said. “We fell in this situation last year where we almost had to use Herzlich for one game, and we did have to use Jimmy (Cordle) for three snaps against Seattle. It’s not a great situation to be in. It’s tough. You just have to try and prepare the guys, and hope they’re active …It’s hard to carry a second long snapper, but you try and build it through the offseason.”

So any changes this week after what’s happened around the league?

“I’m sure every team is doing the same thing,” Quinn said. “We’re giving those guys a little extra work this week.”

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