New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, linebacker Jonathan Casillas and long snapper Zak DeOssie were voted by teammates to reprise their 2016 roles as season-long captains of the offense, defense and special teams respectively, the club announced.
“The group of captains is a special group of men,” head coach Ben McAdoo said in the team’s weekly McAdoo Report interview with the head coach.
Manning has been a team captain since 2007, the year he led the Giants to the first of two Super Bowls since joining the team in 2004.
“Obviously, Eli’s history in this building speaks for itself, and a lot of the things that he has accomplished with this team. Just a tremendous pro,” McAdoo said.
DeOssie, a fourth-round draft pick in 2007, was first voted a team captain in 2011, the year of the team’s most recent Super Bowl championship.
“Zak, you know he is an all-day, everyday type guy. He’s a man’s man. He really gets that special teams unit going. He ignites them. He leads by example and he knows how to push some buttons, which is always great,” McAdoo said.
This is Casillas’ second go-round as defensive captain. Casillas joined the Giants as an unrestricted free agent in 2015. He is a nine-year NFL veteran who has won two Super Bowl championships, one with New Orleans and one with New England.
“J.C. has been a few different places and I think he has found a good home here. He’s a guy who has football get-it. We are fortunate to have all of those guys.”
McAdoo also plans to name three game-day captains each week throughout the season. those captains are usually chosen based on the prior week’s showing.