Giants sign snapper Junkin

The Giants signed long-snapper Trey Junkin, a veteran of 19 NFL seasons. To make room on the roster, the Giants placed long-snapper Dan O'Leary on injured reserve. O'Leary has a torn thumb ligament.

Junkin, 41, will make his Giants debut in Sunday's NFC Wild Card Playoff game
against the 49ers in San Francisco. He has played 281 regular season games
for Buffalo, Washington, the Raiders, Seattle and Arizona in a career that
began in 1983. Junkin has played in four postseason games, one with the
Redskins in 1984, one with the Raiders in 1985 and two with the Cardinals in
1998.

"Trey is a veteran of many years in the National Football League," Head Coach
Jim Fassel said. "I was with him in Arizona. I have a lot of faith in him. We
need a guy with experience to step in and help us right now."

Junkin has also played tight end and linebacker in his career (he has 17
receptions and seven touchdowns), though he hasn't caught a pass since 1994.
He has been almost exclusively a long snapper for most of his career.

Junkin was Buffalo's fourth-round draft choice in 1983, after a career at
Louisiana Tech. He was released by the Bills after two games in the 1984
season and picked up by Washington, who let him go at the end of the year.
Junkin then spent five seasons with the Raiders (who were then in Los
Angeles) and six in Seattle before returning to the Raiders (who were then in
Oakland) for six games in 1996. He was released and signed by the Cardinals,
with whom he remained through the 2001 season.

Junkin was with the Dallas Cowboys in the 2002 preseason, and played in two
games: Aug. 24 against Atlanta and Aug. 29 versus Jacksonville.

He will be the Giants' third long-snapper this season, following Bob Jones
and O'Leary.

O'Leary was signed to the practice squad on Nov. 27 and added to the active
roster three days later. He was the snapper for the final five games of the
regular season.


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