The story of long snapper Nate Boyer, who is trying to make the NFL as a 34-year old rookie, is now well-known. Today, Boyer was honored to have been selected to write the Monday Morning Quarterback column for vacationing Peter King for The MMQB website.
In his piece, titled “The American Dream“, Boyer writes an inspirational account about how he achieved his dreams of snapping in college and the NFL following his Army career. Although many stories have been written about Boyer’s journey, this may be the best because it is in his own words.
Although NFL training camps are a month away, the CFL season is underway. This year, three snappers have prior NFL experience, including veteran Randy Chevrier who returns in Calgary. Jorgen Hus and Chad Rempel have more recent NFL training camp experience and will snap in Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, respectively.
Below are the snappers for the 2015 CFL season based on opening day rosters and depth charts.
British Columbia 40 Mike Benson
Calgary 56 Randy Chevrier
Edmonton 53 Ryan King
Hamilton 47 Aaron Crawford
Montreal 37 Martin Bedard
Ottawa 50 Kevin Malcolm
Saskatchewan 46 Jorgen Hus
Toronto 58 Jake Reinhart
Winnipeg 46 Chad Rempel
Phil Steele’s 2015 College Football Preview has just been released. Once again, Steele’s magazine is one of the very few to include college long snappers on his All-American Team and, for the first time this year, as Draft prospects.
Both lists are identical as Steele lists LSU’s Reid Ferguson on his 1st Team and top NFL prospect. Ferguson is followed by Taybor Pepper (Michigan State), Nolan Frese (Houston), Jeff Overbaugh (San Diego State) and Cole Mazza (Alabama). All are seniors except for Mazza.
The Browns have terminated the contract of veteran long snapper Christian Yount. Yount, a five-year veteran, struggled at times last season. With Yount’s departure, Charley Hughlett is the only snapper on the roster. Hughlett spent some time on the practice squad with Cleveland last season.
Nearly every NFL team will conduct organized team practice activities, or OTAs, this week. OTAs are the third and final phase of the voluntary nine week offseason program. Currently, nine teams have two snappers on their 90-man rosters. The Ravens, Bears, Browns, Cowboys, Chiefs, Vikings, Seahawks, Rams and Buccaneers all have two snappers.
Two additional snappers earned a mini-camp invite after the Draft. Avery Rigg had a try out with the Bengals and Jake Edmiston earned one with the Chiefs. Neither snapper was signed.
Yesterday, the NFL approved a proposal to change the rule on extra point attempts. Instead of a kick from the two-yard line, kicks will now take place from the 15-yard line. Two point conversions will still be taken from the two, but now defenses can return a two-point attempt and blocked extra points can also be returned for two points.
The rule, which passed 30-2 with only Oakland and Washington voting against it, is just for the 2015 season. As such, more changes could be made in the future.
This week is the NFL’s annual spring meeting and three proposals for adjusting point attempts after a touchdown will be considered. After initially discussing changes at the March meeting, the proposals will be reviewed this week and 24 of 32 votes will be needed for approval. The proposals were submitted by the Eagles, Patriots and the NFL Competition Committee.
All three plans maintain the PAT kick, but each calls for the attempt to be taken from the 15 yard line instead of the two. The proposals vary on the two point conversion and where those are to be taken from on the field.