Ryan stays on even Kuehl

When Kuehl came aboard, a good friend in Cleveland, where he toiled the past four seasons, told TGI that Kuehl was perfect during his stint as a Brown.

Only a true-blue Giants fan could actually be excited about New York's off-season signing of Ryan Kuehl. After a couple weeks of training camp, however, it seems the excitement has been justified. What Kuehl does - snap the ball between his legs to a holder either seven or 15 yards away - seems relatively easy. Anyone who watched the Giants at all last season knows that's easier said than done. "I just try to get out in my own little world out there," said the 31-year-old Kuehl. "I just want to take care of the ball and put the ball in a good position for the kicker and the punter. It's just something that I work hard at. There's really no secret to it - it's just repetition, repetition. By the end of training camp we'll be fine and ready to head into the season."

When Kuehl came aboard, a good friend in Cleveland, where he toiled the past four seasons, told TGI that Kuehl was perfect during his stint as a Brown.

"You're never going to be perfect, but fortunately my not-so-good snaps nothing bad ever came of it," he said. "It's like golf. When you make your bad shots not so bad, you've gotten pretty good. It's the same thing with snapping."

Kuehl, 6-5, 280, was a defensive lineman by trade coming out of college. He said he knew that would never last so he took up snapping. He said he doesn't miss DL play one bit.

"It's no disappointment at all," the Virginia product said. "I knew I wouldn't be in the league right now if I wasn't snapping. I was always sort of a bubble guy because you're fighting every year. I'm in it to take care of my family and this is the best way to do it.

"I'm certainly better at snapping than playing D-line so I might as well play to my strengths." Fassel has clearly been pleased with what he's seen of Kuehl so far.

"It's amazing when I watch him snap and think what we were trying to do last year," he said. "It was foolish to even attempt it. I felt in the (New England) game totally different from last year. Last year I was almost just hoping every time - I'd turn my back sometimes. This year it's totally different."


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