Week Twelve in Review

Week Twelve included a rare blocked extra point last night that was returned for a two-point conversion by the Seahawks against Washington. It was only the second blocked extra point this season and first to be returned for a score.

While there were no major snapping issues on the field, two snappers were placed on the COVID list. Charley Hughlett (Browns) and Trent Sieg (Raiders) were added to the list yesterday. Since the Browns are on a bye, Hughlett could return in Week Fourteen, while the Raiders will need to add a snapper, at least temporarily, this week. One option is veteran Carson Tinker, who was cut by the Bucs after Zach Triner returned last week.

Pro Bowl voting is underway and the leading vote getter in the AFC among snappers is Joe Cardona of the Patriots with 34,033 while Cameron Cheeseman of Washington leads the NFC with 27,778 votes as of November 23, 2021.

James Winchester of the Chiefs, who would have been an unrestricted free agent this off-season, signed a new two-year extension this week to stay in Kansas City.

Last night, Cal Adomitis (Pitt), Damon Johnson (USC) and Alex Ward (UCF) were announced as the three finalists for the third annual Patrick Mannelly Award given to the best senior FBS long snapper. The winner will be announced December 11, 2021 at a live ceremony outside of Chicago, Illinois.

Three snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week, with Morgan Cox (Titans) making a solo tackle and client Patrick Scales (Bears) and Scott Daly (Lions) each having assisted tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Twelve is below.

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Week Eleven in Review

Week Eleven was generally an uneventful one for snappers, although kicking operation issues continued in Green Bay and, at least this week, in Arizona. After Sunday’s game, the Cardinals waived Beau Brinkley. With a bye this week, it is unclear if Arizona plans to sign a new snapper or if they expect injured Aaron Brewer to return.

Zach Triner returned for the Buccaneers yesterday after being injured in Week One. Carson Tinker, who filled in well in Triner’s absence, remains on the Bucs roster for now.

Former NFL Draft pick Randy Chevrier spent most of his career snapping in the CFL before retiring in 2017. Chevrier, who is 45 years old, made news this past week when he came out of retirement to sign with the practice roster of the Calgary Stampeders.

A quick college snapping note about a snapper who is also versatile. In this case, it does not mean he can play another position, but he does have other valuable skills. Pittsburg State freshman snapper Timmy Malinowski was an off-field hero recently when he was able to fix the team bus on the way to an away game.

Four long snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week. Josh Harris (Falcons), Reid Ferguson (Bills) and Rick Lovato (Eagles) had solo tackles, while Clark Harris (Bengals) added an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eleven is below.

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Week Ten in Review

Week Ten brought another snapping change after Aaron Brewer of the Cardinals left the game last week due to injury. Brewer broke his hand, so the team conducted a tryout of three veterans. Kyle Nelson was signed to the practice squad after the workout, but was injured almost immediately after joining the team. The Cardinals next added Beau Brinkley, who snapped well in his Arizona debut Sunday. The other snapper at the workout was Colin Holba.

Now that we are beyond the half-way point of the NFL season, it is a good time to look at the Pro Football Focus grades for some of this season’s top snappers. Pro Football Focus grades every player in the NFL and most colleges and snappers are no exception.

After Week Nine, the top graded snapper by PFF was Andrew DePaola (Vikings). Josh Harris (Falcons) was next, followed by Carson Tinker (Bucs) and Matt Overton (Chargers). Tied for the fifth-highest grade was Morgan Cox (Titans) and Christian Kuntz (Steelers).

Harris had a solo tackle this week, while DePaola added an assisted tackle. Rick Lovato (Eagles) also had a solo tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Ten is below.

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2021 Patrick Mannelly Award Semi-Finalists

This evening, 10 senior FBS long snappers were announced as semi-finalists for the Patrick Mannelly Award. This will be the third season for the Award and the winner will be announced at a live event on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

A graphic will the names of the final 10 is below. The definition of “senior” has changed since COVID, as players are allowed to return for another season. However, best efforts were made to limit consideration to those snappers that do not plan to return to school next season. With a number of players returning that had been under consideration last year, the competition to make the list this year was more competitive than ever.

The semi-finalists will be narrowed to the final three on Monday, November 29, 2021. In the meantime, congratulations to all the semi-finalists, those on the Watch List and those that submitted film for our consideration.

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Week Nine in Review

Week Nine brought the second change at the snapping position this season and first due to performance. Steven Wirtel replaced Hunter Bradley in Green Bay. Wirtel had a tough NFL debut, as the kicking operation in Green Bay remained off this week.

Another snapper change may be coming for the Cardinals this week. Veteran Aaron Brewer is expected to miss a few weeks due to a hand injury. Offensive lineman Sean Harlow handled a late snap in Brewer’s absence. Ironically, Bradley had a workout with the Cardinals last week following his departure from the Packers and prior to Brewer’s injury and could be signed to fill in.

Two snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week as Jacob Bobenmoyer (Broncos) and Ross Matiscik (Jaguars) each tallied solo stops.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Nine is below.

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Week Eight in Review

Week Eight of the NFL regular season is complete and without any significant injuries or performance concerns at the snapping position. The only snapping change so far was in Tampa Bay after Zack Triner was placed on injured reserve following Week One.

Bears special teams coach Chris Tabor served as head coach this week, replacing Matt Nagy who was unable to coach due to Covid.

The Ravens worked out Beau Brinkley and Rex Sunahara last week as part of a tryout for other specialists. In addition, Eagles snapper Rick Lovato was released after Week Seven in a temporary move for roster space and quickly brought back.

Four snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week, all recording solo tackles. They are client Patrick Scales (Bears), Matt Overton (Chargers), Jacob Bobenmoyer (Broncos) and Andrew DePaola (Vikings).

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eight is below.

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Week Seven in Review

Week Seven was another quiet one at the snapping position. There were no major issues or injuries.

After last week’s game action, three teams had tryouts that included snappers, with Chicago working out Mitchell Fraboni and John Wirtel, Cleveland had Rex Sunahara in and Washington brought in Garrison Sanborn. None were signed. There was also a workout of veteran snappers in Jacksonville yesterday with Sanborn, along with Beau Brinkley and Kameron Canaday.

The Patrick Mannelly Award, given annually to the best senior FBS long snapper, announced its new Mid-Season Top Performer list. The four snappers were Cal Adomitis (Pittsburgh), Damon Johnson (USC), Ross Reiter (Colorado State) and Jordan Silver (Arkansas).

The Award will announce 10 semi-finalists on Monday, November 15th and then the list will be narrowed to three finalists made public on November 29th. The winner will be selected on December 11th. I am honored to be one of the founders of the Award and look forward to it growing each year.

For the second week in a row, just one snapper recorded a tackle in punt coverage. Josh Harris of the Falcons had a solo tackle and now leads the league among snappers with four total tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Seven is below.

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Week Six in Review

Week Six brought more stability to the kicking position after 14 missed field goals and 13 missed extra points last week.

Rich Bisaccia made his debut as the interim Head Coach of the Raiders and won his first game. Bisaccia will continue to coach special teams in Vegas.

There was just one tryout this week, as the Panthers brought in rookie snapper Turner Bernard as part of a punter workout.

Jon Weeks (Texans) recorded the only statistic by a long snapper when he tallied a solo tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Six is below.

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Week Five in Review

Week Five was a crazy one for kickers and missed kicks. Heading into Sunday Night Football, kickers missed 12 extra points and 12 field goals. That included an NFL record five missed field goals in the Packers win over the Bengals. While there were no kicking issues Sunday night, the Colts kicker missed two field goals, one of which was blocked, and an extra point last night.

News also broke last night that Jon Gruden of the Raiders was resigning as head coach and that special teams coach Rich Bisaccia would be taking over.

Just one snapper, Garrison Sanborn, has a tryout with the Niners but was not signed.

This week, two snappers were the subject of in-depth media profiles. Ravens snapper Nick Moore was featured in The Athletic by Jeff Zrebiec. While every NFL snapper has an interesting story about how they made it to the NFL, Moore’s is unique because he first played professional baseball. Moore signed a contract with the Red Sox 10 years ago. When he was released, he returned to play football at the University of Georgia and ultimately became a long snapper there. After time in NFL camps and tryouts and a season in the XFL, he made the Ravens practice squad last year and became their full-time snapper this year.

Dennis Young of the New York Daily News wrote about Jets snapper Thomas Hennessy, one of the Jets longest-tenured players and one of their most reliable. In his four seasons, Hennessy has been ranked one of the top long snappers and has never had a blocked punt or kick attempt and not been flagged for a penalty.

Four snappers recorded tackles this week with Matt Orzech (Rams), Christian Kuntz (Steelers) and Moore (Ravens) tallying solo tackles and Andrew DePaola (Vikings) added an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Five is below.

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Week Four in Review

Week Four was a stable one at the snapping position, with no major issues, injuries or changes.

Two teams conducted snapper tryouts this past week, with the Giants bringing in Kameron Canaday, Kyle Nelson and Drew Scott, while the Patriots had rookies Ryan Langan and Turner Bernard workout. None of the snappers were signed.

Two snappers had tackles in punt coverage this week, as Christian Kuntz (Steelers) had a solo tackle and Jacob Bobenmoyer (Broncos) recorded an assist. Blake Ferguson of the Dolphins recovered a muffed against the Colts.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Four is below.

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