Marshall Koehn was driving in a van delivering carpeting and tile in Iowa on Monday morning when he took a quick break and checked his phone. Two missed calls from his mom. Two missed calls from his dad. Two missed calls from his agent.
“Everyone was freaking out,” he said.
He knew something was up.
That something wound up being a call from the Giants, the team with which he spent a good deal of the offseason and preseason, asking him to return as a practice-squad player after their kicker, Aldrick Rosas, suffered a quad injury in Sunday’s loss to the Panthers. The Giants are hopeful that Rosas will be well enough to kick against the Eagles on Thursday night. But just in case, they poached one of the part-time deliverymen from Randy’s Flooring in Coralville, Iowa.
“I definitely didn’t expect it,” Koehn said in the Giants’ locker room just about 24 hours after that series of missed calls. “But I’ve been kicking still and staying ready. Whatever they need me to do, I think I’ll be ready to go.”
The Giants have until 4 p.m. on Thursday to make a move on their active roster, so Koehn will wake up on Thursday not even knowing if he’ll be expected to kick for the Giants in a nationally televised game later that day or if he’ll remain on the practice squad . . . and then probably be cut from it if Rosas is fully healthy. The Giants’ full-time kicker has gone 13-for-13 on field goals this season, including a career-high 53-yarder against the Panthers.
Pat Shurmur said Rosas was feeling “better” on Tuesday. “We’re hopeful he’ll be ready to go on Thursday… We’ll just see how quickly he can come back.”
Koehn has been through this type of situation before. Last year he was on the Bengals’ active roster for their game against the Jaguars and Randy Bullock was nursing an injury.
“I hung around all week not knowing if I was going to go or not,” Koehn said. “So right before pregame Randy was out there kicking balls and they were like ‘Can you go or can’t you go?’ and he said he didn’t feel great . . . Hopefully that can help me if I have to go this weekend.”
The Bengals lost that game but Koehn made his only kick, which was an extra point, and handled two kickoffs. This preseason with the Giant,s he was good on his only field goal attempt — a 44-yarder — but was 3-for-5 on extra points.
If and when his current tenure with the Giants ends — if it even really begins — Koehn, 26, likely will head back to Iowa, back to delivering flooring, and back to kicking at his old high school and at the University of Iowa to stay in shape for the next call.
“They’re definitely pretty lenient,” Koehn said of his bosses at Randy’s. “Really supportive. They let me leave during the day and go kick for an hour or whatever. I was getting like 25 hours a week. Nothing too strenuous. Just keeping my head above water.”
Where his head will be on Thursday is still uncertain.