Week Eleven in Review

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Week Eleven in the NFL is complete and there were a few snapping issues around the league.  Kyle Nelson of the Niners had a poor field goal snap against the Giants that prevented the kick attempt, while Christian Yount of the Browns had a poor punt snap against the Texans.  Luckily, the Browns punter was able to get the punt off.

Four snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage, with Mike Leach (Cardinals) adding a solo and assisted tackle, while Justin Drescher (Saints) and Matt Overton (Colts) had solo stops.  Josh Harris (Falcons) added an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eleven is below.

Week Eleven NFL Long Snapper Chart


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Overton Featured in Sounds of the Game

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Although Longsnap.com has covered virtually every imaginable aspect of the long snapping position since its creation in 2000, one thing that has not been addressed is the actual sounds of an NFL game from the snapper’s perspective.

Colts.com has fixed that problem by covering snapper Matt Overton in its Sounds of the Game feature.  The video is approximately three minutes of Overton’s experiences, from warm ups to the end of the game, thanks to a microphone he was wearing during last week’s win against the Giants.

For those looking for an audible view of the life of a snapper during an NFL game, the video is worth a look.

Overton Sounds of the Game

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Week Ten in Review

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Week Ten in the NFL is complete and was largely an uneventful one at the snapping position.  Don Muhlbach of the Lions appeared to injure himself Sunday, but was able to return to the game.

Six different snappers recorded solo tackles in punt coverage this week.  The six were Jeremy Cain (Chicago), Aaron Brewer (Denver), Thomas Gafford (Kansas City), Zak DeOssie (Giants), Jon Dorenbos (Philadelphia) and Kyle Nelson (San Francisco).  The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Ten is below.

Week Ten NFL Long Snappers

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Navy Snapper Cardona Accepts Senior Bowl Invite

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In prior years, the long snapper was one of the last positions to be selected in the premier college all-star game, the Senior Bowl.  This year, at least one snapping specialist was in the very first group.

Joe Cardona of Navy accepted his invitation today and will be able to showcase his snapping skills for all 32 NFL teams in Mobile, Alabama on January 25, 2015.

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Week Nine in Review

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Week Nine in the NFL is complete and there were no major snapping issues, although the Jaguars special teams units had a few problems against the Bengals, including a blocked punt for a safety.

Last week marked the 150th consecutive game for John Denney of the Dolphins, who set the team record for consecutive appearances.  Denney has snapped in every Miami game since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2005.

Carson Tinker of the Jaguars recorded a solo tackle in punt coverage, while Zak DeOssie of the Giants had an assist.  The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Nine is below.

Week Nine NFL Long Snappers Chart


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CFL Snapper Matechuk to Snap with Four Fingers on Right Hand

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No one should ever question the toughness of those who fill the snapper position in football.  The latest evidence comes from the CFL, where veteran snapper Jordan Matechuk of the BC Lions will have the ring finger on his right hand removed this week.  Matechuk has suffered numerous finger injuries during his career and the impact on the injuries that have occurred to his ring finger cannot be fixed.

To avoid pain, Matechuk made the difficult decision to remove the finger and plans to return to snapping in the CFL.

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Week Eight in Review

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Week Eight in the NFL is complete and included the return to the NFL for Kevin McDermott.  McDermott, who made the Niners as a rookie free agent last year before being cut before the regular season this year, replaced injured Morgan Cox in Baltimore.

This week also included another game with no punts, the third in NFL history and second this season. The Packers and Saints game featured zero punts and marks the second game this season for Green Bay with no punts.  It previously happened in Week Four against the Bears.

Five snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week, with John Denney (Dolphins), Jake McQuaide (Rams) and Andrew DePaola (Buccaneers) tallying solo tackles and Garrison Sanborn (Bills) and Christian Yount (Browns) adding assists.  The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eight is below.

Week Eight NFL Long Snappers Chart

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