5. Long Snapper
Although not critical, the New York Giants will most likely need to get a new long snapper. It seems as if there has been a DeOssie (Steve or Zac) getting the ball back to the Giants punter or holder since the days of Bills Parcells.
Zak DeOssie has been with the team since the Giants drafted him in the fourth-round out of Brown University in 2007. He has excelled at an often thankless job as a two-time Pro Bowl selection. At age 35 and 199 games with Big Blue, DeOssie slipped a bit last season and finished 2019 on the injured list. His 13 year Giants career appears to be over.
Incumbent center Jon Halapio almost made it through the full 2019 season. Unfortunately, he tore an Achilles tendon with five minutes remaining in the last game. Surgery to repair the injury was successful, however, Halapio won’t be ready until training camp opens in July at the earliest. This was the latest setback for the interior lineman who has a history of serious injuries.
Halapio is a restricted free agent. All indications are that the G-Men want him back despite the injury. The fact that he’s played only 17 of 32 games since becoming the starter in 2018, should scare the heck out of Gettleman and company. Spencer Pulley is a capable backup and under contract for next season, but if he was that good, he would have beaten out Halapio as the starter.