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DeOssie To Short Snap:

From The Star Ledger:

Asked what the difference between snapping for field goals and punts is, Zak DeOssie cracked, “About eight yards.”

Translation: DeOssie, who has served as the team’s long snapper for two seasons, doesn’t foresee any hitch in taking over short snapping duties in the wake of Jay Alford’s knee injury.

Alford, who tore his MCL and partially tore his ACL in Saturday’s preseason game Saturday against Chicago, will spend the next two weeks strengthening and rehabbing his knee before the team determines if he needs season-ending surgery. Meanwhile, DeOssie will take his place on the field goal unit — a switch DeOssie said the team actually considered before Alford’s injury, because of Alford’s emergence as a talented defensive tackle.

“There was some question there whether or not I was going to do it or Jay, because Jay is a really good D-tackle” DeOssie said. “But now the decision is easy for the coaches because unfortunately Jay got hurt, and I’ve got to step in there.”

DeOssie did both snaps at Brown. He also got experience at the pro level during February’s Pro Bowl, when he was selected as the NFC’s “need” player to short snap for John Carney’s field goals/extra points and long snap for Jeff Feagles’ punts.


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