Summary of NFL Draft Snapping Transactions

NFL rookie mini-camps ended Sunday and below is a summary of the recent activity at the snapping position regarding those drafted, signed or offered tryouts since the NFL Draft.  Only certain mini-camp tryouts are made public and some are reported incorrectly as contract signings.  Further, depending on the timing, some snappers were able to attend two mini-camps.  Some of the tryout snappers have prior NFL experience, having either been in training camp or having attended prior mini-camp tryouts.

If there are any snappers missing from this list, please let me know by emailing me at kevingold@longsnap.com.

DRAFTED

Austin Cutting (Air Force/Vikings)

SIGNED

Kyle Casey (Penn State/Falcons)

Matt Orzech (Azusa Pacific/Ravens)

John Wirtel (Kansas/Bears)

Wes Farnsworth (Nevada/Dolphins)

Nick Moore (Georgia/Saints)

Dan Godsil (Indiana/Buccaneers)

TRYOUT

Joe Fortunato (Delaware/Giants)

Nick Reinhardt (Arizona/Browns)

Luke Idoni (Central Michigan/Bears and Lions)

Jacob Bobenmoyer (Northern Colorado/Bears and Broncos)

Patrick Eby (Columbia/Packers)

Owen Gilbert (Marian/Colts)

Lucas Gravelle (TCU/Raiders)

Chris Wilkerson (Stephen F. Austin/49ers and Titans)

Mitchell Fraboni (Arizona State/Cardinals)

Matt Tunnacliffe (Dayton/Bengals)

Tyler Heinsma (Mesa State/Texans)

Anthony Kukwa (Lake Erie/Texans)

AJ Hantak (Eastern Illinois/Patriots)

Drew Ferris (Florida/Redskins)

Zach Roberts (Georgia Tech/Redskins)

 

 

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Experienced Snappers Earn Mini-Camp Tryouts

While many NFL team either sign or invite rookie long snappers into mini-camp, some teams use the opportunity to invite an experienced snapper.  At least three snappers with prior mini-camp experience have earned tryouts again this season.

The three that have been identified so far are AJ Hantak (New England), Lucas Gravelle (Oakland) and Mitch Fraboni (Arizona).

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Cutting Drafted by Vikings; Other Snapper Signings and Tryouts

At least one snapper has been drafted each of the last five NFL Drafts, as Austin Cutting from Air Force kept the streak going when he was selected by the Vikings in the Seventh Round today.  Cutting is reportedly working on postponing his military commitment to join the Vikings.

After the Draft ended tonight, there was a flurry of signings and tryouts.  Since tryouts often get mistakenly reported as contracts, I am going to list all of the snappers and teams they have been associated with until the information can be confirmed.  Once the details are confirmed, I will provide an update.  Any missing transactions can be emailed to me at kevingold@longsnap.com

Dan Godsil (Indiana)-Tampa Bay

Nick Moore (Georgia)-New Orleans

Chris Wilkerson (Stephen F. Austin)-San Francisco

Wes Farnsworth (Nevada)-Miami

Patrick Eby (Columbia)-Green Bay

Owen Gilbert (Marian)-Indianapolis

Kyle Vasey (Penn State)-Atlanta

John Wirtel (Kansas)-Chicago

Nick Reinhardt (Arizona)-Cleveland

Matt Orzech (Azusa Pacific)-Baltimore

Austin Frey (Texas A&M)-Kansas City

Jacob Bobbenmoyer (Northern Colorado)-Denver

 

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Snapping Update for NFL Draft Week

The NFL Draft is just days away.  Saturday will be the big day for snappers, either during the Draft or right after it ends when teams can sign undrafted snappers to contracts or invite them to tryouts.

One team has added a snapper from the now bankrupt AAF, as the Chargers signed Cole Mazza to compete with Mike Windt.  With Mazza signing with the Chargers, six other teams (Cowboys, Jaguars, Giants, Raiders, Niners and Redskins) head into the Draft with two snappers on the roster.

Longsnap.com will provide immediate updates on Saturday with the latest snapper transactions.  Any signings or tryouts can be reported to kevingold@longsnap.com.

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Snapping Update Before the NFL Draft

With the NFL Draft at the end of this month, it is a good time for an update on recent developments at the snapping position.  Three unrestricted free agent snappers have signed one-year deals to rejoin their teams. They are LP Ladouceur (Cowboys), Zak DeOssie (Giants) and, most recently, client Patrick Scales (Bears).

Garrison Sanborn and Jon Condo are two veteran snappers still on the market and likely candidates should a need develop.  The Cowboys also added Drew Scott to the roster after signing Ladouceur.

The Ravens will have a new special teams coach this season, as long-time coach Jerry Rosburg is retiring. Chris Horton will take his place.

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Free Agency Update for Long Snappers

NFL veteran free agency has just begun and below is the latest with respect to the long snappers in each free agent category.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS:  Luke Rhodes (Colts), Trent Sieg (Raiders) and Tyler Ott (Seahawks) were each tendered and will remain under contract to their existing teams.

RESTRICTED: Client Casey Kreiter (Broncos) signed a new contract to remain in Denver for another season before the tender deadline.  Client Patrick Scales (Bears) was not tendered and is currently an unrestricted free agent.

UNRESTRICTED: Matt Overton (Jaguars) signed a one year deal and Kyle Nelson (49ers) signed a four-year deal, each to remain with their clubs.  Veteran Carson Tinker (Jaguars) was waived and is now a free agent.  Zak DeOssie (Giants) and LP Ladouceur (Cowboys) are expected to re-sign with their teams.  That leaves two other unrestricted free agent snappers, Jon Condo (Falcons) and Garrison Sanborn (Buccaneers), and their status is unknown at this time.

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NFL Free Agency Preview for Snappers

NFL free agency starts next month and has already impacted the snapping position  during the past few weeks.  Below is a look at the various categories of free agents and where things stand with each snapper.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: Three of the six exclusive rights snappers have already signed new one-year deals.  They are Zach Wood (Saints), Rick Lovato (Eagles) and Kameron Canaday (Steelers).  The others, Luke Rhodes (Colts), Trent Sieg (Raiders) and Tyler Ott (Seahawks), are all expected to sign new deals to remain with their teams.

RESTRICTED: Clients Patrick Scales (Bears) and Casey Kreiter (Broncos) must either sign a new contract or at least be offered a one-year deal before free agency starts to stay with their existing teams.  If not, both will become unrestricted free agents and free to sign with any team.

UNRESTRICTED: Don Muhlbach (Lions) and John Denney (Dolphins) have each signed one-year deals to stay with their teams.  It is expected that LP Ladouceur will do the same to remain with the Cowboys.  That leaves Jon Condo (Falcons), Matt Overton (Jaguars), Zak DeOssie (Giants), Garrison Sanborn (Buccaneers) and Kyle Nelson (49ers) as the remaining snappers who can sign anywhere once free agency begins.

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