Week Eleven of the NFL is done and, like every week before it this season, the snapping position remains stable and without change. The Eagles worked out Patrick Scales and Tyler Ott last week in case Jon Dorenbos continued to struggle. Dorenbos appeared to have a better day Sunday.
Four snappers had solo tackles in punt coverage this week, recorded by Matt Overton (Colts), Josh Harris (Falcons), Dorenbos (Eagles) and Kyle Nelson (49ers).
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eleven is below.
Week Eleven NFL Long Snappers Chart
Week Ten of the NFL season is now complete and the recent positive press for Garrison Sanborn of the Bills and Jon Dorenbos of the Eagles may have unfortunately jinxed them a bit this week. Each had a rough time snapping on Thursday and Sunday, respectively. However, there are still no changes at the snapping position due to injury or performance.
Five snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage, with John Denney (Dolphins) recording three solo tackles and Zak DeOssie (Giants) adding two. Tanner Purdum (Jets), Beau Brinkley (Titans) and Carson Tinker (Jaguars) each tallied solo tackles.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Ten is below.
Week Ten NFL Long Snappers Chart
Jon Dorenbos of the Eagles was the subject of an excellent in-depth profile by Richard Rys of Men’s Journal yesterday. Like many snappers, Dorenbos, who is also a professional magician, has a compelling story of how he made it to the upper echelon of NFL long snappers.
Among other obstacles, Dorenbos had to endure his father murdering his mother as a child and used some of his own tricks to get a college scholarship as well. The story is worth your time.
Week Nine of the NFL season is complete. There are still no changes at the snapping position, although the pressure is mounting on Justin Drescher of the Saints who had a few more poor snaps this week, including one on a late field goal attempt.
Two snappers, Andrew East (Chargers/Cardinals) and Brandon Hartson (Cardinals), had tryouts with teams.
Three snappers had tackles in punt coverage with Charley Hughlett (Browns), Carson Tinker (Jaguars) and Kyle Nelson (49ers) compiling solo tackles.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart for Week Nine is below.
Week Nine NFL Long Snappers Chart
Long snappers generally do not want much, if any, media attention. Usually, press is not a good thing for a snapper unless it is a story about their lack of notoriety. Client Brett Goode of the Packers and Garrison Sanborn of the Bills were each the subject of positive profiles the last few days in the local newspapers that cover their clubs.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal filed this story about Goode and Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle wrote this look at Sanborn’s career.
Of particular interest to the Goode story is a side item McGinn compiled that shows how each NFL snapper is paid, along with their age, years of service and current games played.
Week Eight of the NFL season is complete. It was another uneventful week at the snapping position, with the biggest story coming from the Steelers game. Greg Warren of the Steelers was inexplicably punched by Adam “Pacman” Jones of the Bengals. The play resulting in a 15 yard penalty against Jones.
After no workouts for a number of weeks, action picked up a bit this week. The Saints evaluated Patrick Scales and Christian Yount on Tuesday and Yount and Tyler Ott worked out for the Patriots yesterday.
Three snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage with Don Muhlbach (Lions) and Mike Windt (Chargers) tallying solo tackles and Beau Brinkley (Titans) adding an assisted tackle.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eight is below.
Week Eight NFL Long Snappers Chart
Of the three NFL long snappers to debut in an NFL regular season game this year, just one is a rookie. Joe Cardona of Navy, who was Fifth Round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, snaps for the Patriots and has been excellent in that role to date.
Like most long snappers, there is an interesting twist to Cardona’s narrative, as illustrated by yesterday’s story in Vice Sports. The piece describes Cardona’s “double life” as NFL player and as a Command Duty Officer in the Navy
Although the life of an NFL player is difficult enough by itself, Cardona’s ability to play dual roles and do both so well is a testament to his character and ability.