Two Snapping Moves

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The second week of the NFL Preseason is now complete and, prior to this week’s game action, there were two snapping transactions.

The Steelers waived client Matt Dooley and the Packers reached an injury settlement with Jesse Schmitt.

NFL rosters, which are currently at 90 players, must be down to 75 by August 30th and then the final 53 on September 3rd.

Posted in NFL, Transactions

Interesting Analysis of NFL Team Spending on Special Teams

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Dave Archibald of Inside The recently wrote a comprehensive and unique analysis of how NFL teams allocate their spending to special teams.  Archibald concluded that there was a “mild correlation” between spending on special teams players and special teams performance, particularly in New England and Baltimore.

In the salary hierarchy of special teams, long snappers trail kickers and punters with most snappers earning barely more than minimum salaries and having little guaranteed money.

NFL Special Teams Investment

Posted in NFL, Snapping in the Media

Packers Sign Schmitt; Schmitt Breaks Hand

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The Packers signed Jesse Schmitt, a street free agent snapper from Purdue, who was previously  in mini-camp with Green Bay on a tryout basis.  Schmitt was signed to compete with Rick Lovato and participated in practice last night where he promptly broke his hand.

Schmitt is expected to be out 4-6 weeks and may reach an injury settlement with the club.

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Vikings Extend McDermott; Saints Add Highland

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There were two snapping transactions yesterday, as the Vikings gave Kevin McDermott a new four year contract that runs until the end of the 2020 season.  McDermott would have become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

In addition, the Saints brought back Chris Highland as training camp competition for Justin Drescher.  Highland has been signed by the Saints a few times since last season.

Posted in NFL, Transactions

Unique Insight into the Cardinals Search for a New Snapper

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As most aspiring professional long snappers know, it is very rare to have an open job in the NFL and even more unusual to have two rookies compete for it.  However, that is the exact scenario facing the Arizona Cardinals following the retirement of veteran Mike Leach after last season.

Matthew Bain of AZ Central Sports wrote an interesting story the other day about the competition between rookies Danny Dillon and Kameron Canady.  Bain describes how special teams coach Amos Jones, who coached Leach and, before that, Greg Warren from his time with the Steelers, was in an unusual position of having to find a replacement.

Given the blessing of General Manager Steve Keim to “find the guys you like”, Jones worked out about 12 long snappers but were focused on small school snappers Dillon from Campbell University and Canday from Portland State.  Both were signed as undrafted free agents and are roommates now competing for the job.

Of note in the story is that, during his search, Jones focused on the few remaining college teams that still use the punt protection schemes employed in the NFL requiring that the snapper block and protect before covering downfield.  Jones felt that finding a guy who knew how to protect was critical since it would minimize the amount of things the new snapper had to learn.

Posted in College, NFL, NFL Draft, Snapping in the Media, Uncategorized

Seahawks Drop Ferris

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In the effort to replace client Clint Gresham, who was released in the off-season, the Seahawks appear to have settled on rookie Nolan Frese.  The Seahawks waived Drew Ferris today making Frese the only snapper in camp.  Frese snapped at the University of Houston and was signed in late June.


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STATS FCS Preseason All-America Long Snappers

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The STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team was announced today and each of the three teams have a long snapper included.  Joshua Appel (Indiana State) is on the first team after landing on the second team last year.  Joseph Smith (Charleston Southern) is the second team snapper, while James Fisher (North Dakota State) repeats as the third team snapper.

Last year’s first team snapper, Kameron Canady (Portland State), is currently with the Arizona Cardinals.

Posted in College, Snapping in the Media