Monday, December 11, 2023

Giants' Thomas McGaughey: Casey Kreiter the glue that holds us together


GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 17: Long snapper Casey Kreiter #59 of the New York Giants during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on September 17, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Cardinals 31-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)



By Dan Benton 



New York Giants long-snapper Casey Kreiter is somewhat of a forgotten man. If he doesn’t make a mistake, he’s generally an afterthought to those in the media and the fans in the stands.

Inside of the building at 1925 Giants Drive, it’s a different story, however.

While meeting with reporters earlier this week, special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey heaped praise upon Kreiter and had to stop himself from carrying on for an extended period of time.

“Casey’s the glue. He is, he’s the glue to our special teams unit. He is the quarterback of our punt team,” McGaughey told reporters this week. “I couldn’t sit here and tell you how much he means to our special teams unit. He’s a great leader, he’s insightful, he thinks like a coach on the field, he’s a real leader in our room, he gets the guys together every week.

“He does his own scouting report, writes it on the board, they come in, they watch it, they talk about it, each unit as a whole, and I couldn’t begin to explain to you how much he means to us as a special teams group.”

Kreiter essentially serves as an extra assistant coach in addition to a player on the field. That will likely position him well when the time comes to hang up his cleats, as he’ll ultimately be afforded similar opportunities to another former Giant, Chase Blackburn.

Unfortunately for Kreiter, there isn’t much gloating to be done here in 2023. Through no fault of his own, the Giants’ special teams unit is among the worst in football.

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