The Giants career of one of the two remaining members of their Super Bowl teams likely will end when the team places long-snapper Zak DeOssie on injured reserve, a source told Newsday. His season-ending designation on the eve of what would have been his 200th game as a Giant will leave only Eli Manning as the last link to the championship teams of 2007 and 2011 on the active roster.
DeOssie, 35, suffered a knee injury in the game against the Jets and has had chronic wrist injuries that have required surgeries in the past, but he did not appear on any injury reports until Thursday.
He was a Pro Bowler throughout his career but struggled in 2019. His awful rolling snap on a field-goal attempt against the Bears last week contributed to the Giants’ loss.
“You know, snap, hold, kick, it’s a coordinated effort,” Pat Shurmur said on Wednesday of the process that has produced a missed kick in five straight games. “I think there are areas this year where we could have been better in. Obviously, the snap and then the kick. But we’re working on being consistent. It’s just like anything that you do in football. You just have to keep working on it.”
Now that work will be done with Colin Holba, the long-snapper who was signed to the practice squad earlier this month. Holba has snapped for the Steelers, Jaguars and 49ers.