This week is a very notable one for the long snapping position.
On Saturday, the winner will be announced for the first annual Patrick Mannelly Award to be given to the top senior long snapper at the FBS level. The selection committee for the Award will be choosing the winner from the three finalists, Liam McCullough (Ohio State), John Shannon (Notre Dame) and Steven Wirtel (Iowa State).
In addition, it became public today that NFL players will help select the Pro Bowl long snappers. While long snappers have been included in the Pro Bowl for a number of years, they have historically been selected by the coaching staff of the NFL teams involved in coaching the game. This years is the first in which active players can vote to choose the long snappers.
Week Fourteen of the NFL season is complete and was a relatively quiet one for snappers. It is worth noting that the Patriots had their fourth punt block of the season against the Chiefs and remain one of the better special teams units in that regard.
The Lions worked out a trio of snappers last week that included James Fisher, John Wirtel and Christian Kuntz.
Just one snapper, Cole Mazza (Chargers), recorded a tackle in punt coverage this week. The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Fourteen is below.
2019 Week Fourteen
Week Thirteen of the NFL season may mark the end of an era. After battling wrist and knee injuries, the Giants placed veteran long snapper Zak DeOssie on injured reserve, which may mark the end of his career, at least with the Giants.
DeOssie, who spent 13 years and 199 games with the Giants, was well known for his excellent coverage skills. DeOssie was replaced by Colin Holba from the practice squad. This is the only the second long snapping change since the start of the regular season, with the Niners previously using Holba, Jon Condo and Garrison Sanborn during Kyle Nelson’s suspension.
Three snappers had tackles in punt coverage this week, with Charley Hughlett (Browns) tallying a solo tackle and James Winchester (Chiefs) and Joe Cardona (Patriots) adding assisted tackles.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Thirteen is below.
2019 Week Thirteen
Week Twelve of the NFL season is done and Zak DeOssie of the Giants had another rough day on short snaps, including a field goal snap that rolled on the ground. JJ Jansen of the Panthers was involved in the latest snapper contact issue on a late field goal attempt against the Saints. One official threw a flag claiming Jansen was pulled to the ground after the snap, while another official disagreed and, ultimately, no penalty was called.
Off the field, Rick Lovato of the Eagles received a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2023 season. Lovato would have been a restricted free agent after the season.
Three snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage. Patrick Scales (Bears), Casey Kreiter (Broncos) and Lovato (Eagles) each had solo tackles. The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Twelve is below.
2019 Week Twelve
Last night, the Patrick Mannelly Award announced the ten semi-finalists eligible for the inaugural award to be presented to the top senior long snapper at the FBS level.
Below are the ten names that will be narrowed to three finalists next Monday night.
Week Eleven is complete and there was nearly a temporary change at snapper for the Chargers. Cole Mazza was suffering from an illness that jeopardized his ability to play last night. As a precaution, the Chargers worked out Matt Overton and Garrison Sanborn before signing Overton. Once it became clear Mazza could play, Overton was released.
The Giants and Dolphins each added potential future snappers to their practice squads, as the Giants signed Colin Holba and the Dolphins added linebacker/snapper Jake Carlock. Before signing Holba, the Giants also worked out Dan Godsil and Drew Scott.
Just one snapper, Trent Sieg of the Raiders, recorded a tackle in punt coverage as he tallied an assisted tackle. The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eleven is below.
2019 Week Eleven
Former NFL long snapper Jon Dorenbos has just published his autobiography, Life Is Magic. Dorenbos suffered tragedy earlier in his life, when his father killed his mother when he was 12. Despite that, Dorenbos has an incredible story of perseverance and how he used football and a positive attitude to play college football and make the NFL.
In addition to having been a professional football player, Dorenbos is also a professional magician and motivational speaker. Life is Magic is an inspirational and fascinating book. While it does contain some very valuable lessons about snapping and the mental approach required to perform at the highest levels, it also has a much bigger message about forgiveness.
For those who are interested in his story, the book is now available on Amazon by clicking below.