NFL Long Snappers List on Twitter

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Last September, I debuted a Twitter list I created containing only the tweets of active NFL long snappers.  For those interested, click the link below and you can subscribe to this list.

https://twitter.com/longsnapcom/lists/nfl-long-snappers

Of the 32 current NFL snappers, just four do not appear to have a Twitter account.  The four are Aaron Brewer (Broncos), John Denney (Dolphins), Greg Warren (Steelers) and Mike Windt (Chargers).

Of the 28 snappers on Twitter, 19 of them have are verified accounts with a blue check.  Those without the blue check are Beau Brinkley (Titans), Jeremy Cain (Bears), Thomas Gafford (Chiefs), LP Ladouceur (Cowboys), Mike Leach (Cardinals), Cullen Loeffler (Vikings), Don Muhlbach (Lions), Kyle Nelson (49ers) and Tanner Purdum (Jets).

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Field Goal Controversy in Thursday Night Football

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Last night’s game between the Jets and Patriots has caused a bit of a controversy with a long snapper in the middle of it.  A 58-yard field goal attempt by Nick Folk of the Jets was blocked, giving the Patriots a narrow victory.  The controversy surrounds what happened just prior to the failed kick.

Specifically, Dont’a Hightower of the Patriots lined up in a standing position and directly over snapper Tanner Purdum of the Jets.  This would violate NFL Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3 that requires the defender on a kick attempt to “have his entire body outside of the snapper’s shoulder pads at the snap.”

Instead of a flag being thrown, the official notified Hightower to move out of the illegal formation and he promptly shifted his position.  The issue is whether the official should have thrown the flag or was it appropriate to first warn the player.  An NFL spokesperson called it “standard operating procedure” to have the official assist, since the goal of the rule is player safety.

 

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Week Six in Review

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Week Six produced more big special teams plays, including multiple blocked kicks and punts.  However, the snapping issues in Cleveland appear to have been resolved, as Christian Yount has rebounded and even added an assisted tackle this week in punt coverage, his second tackle in two weeks.  The Browns released Charley Hughlett from the practice squad shortly after last week’s game.  Snapper Danny Aiken of the Patriots had a rough sequence against the Bills Sunday with a false start penalty, followed immediately by a low snap on a field goal.

Heading into this week’s action, only 9 players had played in all of their team’s games since the 2005 NFL season.  Two of them are snappers, Mike Leach (Cardinals) and John Denney (Dolphins).  Ironically, Denney may have his streak ended this week due to an injury he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Packers.

In addition to Yount’s assisted tackle, Josh Harris (Falcons) had a solo tackle, while Garrison Sanborn (Bills), Greg Warren (Steelers) and Jon Condo (Raiders) had assisted stops.  The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Five is below.

Week Six NFL Long Snappers Chart

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Week Five in Review

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Week Five featured some more big special teams plays,  including the Eagles blocking a punt against the Rams for a touchdown, the Browns blocking a Titans punt for a safety, the Niners converting a fake punt late in the game against the Chiefs and the Seahawks also converting a fake punt late against the Redskins.  All four teams won their games.

Browns snapper Christian Yount rebounded with a solid game Sunday and even recorded a tackle in punt coverage.  Earlier in the week, the Browns added Charley Hughlett to the practice squad in case he was needed.  Yount’s troubles led to an in-depth article on ESPNCleveland.com that looked into the psychology of snappers and featured my own insight into the situation.

In addition to Yount’s tackle, Cullen Loeffler (Vikings), Andrew DePaola (Buccaneers), Mike Leach (Cardinals) and Clark Harris (Bengals) added solo tackles.  The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Five is below.

Week Five NFL Long Snappers Chart

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Week Four in Review

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Week Four included an extremely rare event in the NFL.  Although there have been over 14,000 regular season games in the 94 years of the NFL, only twice has there been a game without a punt.  It happened for the second time Sunday, as the Bears and Packers did not have a single punt.   Prior to yesterday’s game, it first occurred in 1992 between the Bills and 49ers.

Christian Yount of the Browns, who has had a tough few weeks with his short snaps, appears safe for now.  The Browns had a bye and recently worked out Kevin McDermott and Charley Hughlett, but neither snapper has been signed.

Two snappers, Greg Warren (Steelers) and Beau Brinkley (Titans) had solo tackles, while Jon Condo of the Raiders recovered a fumbled punt in this week’s game action.  The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Four is below.

Week Four NFL Long Snappers Chart

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Week Three in Review

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Week Three of the NFL is done and there were some big special teams plays this week, including the Cardinals blocking a field goal attempt by the Niners.  This is a common occurrence, as the Cardinals have blocked an amazing 17 kicks since 2008.  Sunday’s block was more notable since they had only nine men on the field.

The Browns also had a field goal kick blocked by the Ravens and Browns snapper Christian Yount may be vulnerable after some poor kick snaps the last few weeks.  The Giants blocked a punt in their win against the Texans, although Zak DeOssie of the Giants had a poor field goal snap in the same game.  The three teams that had either a blocked field goal or punt all won their games.

Earlier in the week, the Falcons extended the contract of snapper Josh Harris until the 2018 season.  Harris would have been a restricted free agent after this season and joins Garrison Sanborn of the Bills, who had his deal extended just prior to the start of the regular season.

Jon Weeks (Texans) and DeOssie (Giants) had solo tackles this week, while Jon Condo (Raiders) and Jeremy Cain (Bears) each added an assisted tackle.  The NFL Long Snapper Chart after Week Three is below.

Week Three NFL Long Snappers Chart

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2014 Division One Long Snapper Chart

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Longsnap.com’s exclusive long snapper chart for each Division One football team is now complete for the 2014 season.  The starting punt snapper for each team is listed by conference and also includes the snapper’s uniform number, height, weight and class year.

The attached chart was prepared over the last few weeks, so there may have already been some changes due to such things as injuries or performance.  Special thanks again this year to my son, Henry, who spent many hours with me preparing this list from each team’s official depth chart.

You can also click on the D1 Long Snappers page for the charts from the 2010 season to the present.

2014 Division One Long Snappers

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