Week Eleven in Review

Week Eleven marked the NFL regular season debut of Colin Holba in Jacksonville and the return of client Brett Goode to Green Bay.  In addition, it was a highly unusual week since no snapper recorded a tackle in punt coverage.  I have been tracking snapper tackles in punt coverage since the start of Longsnap.com in 2000 and I do not recall a week in which  no tackles occurred by a snapper.

The Saints have added veteran special teams coach Mike Westhoff to the existing special teams staff  to assist Brad Banta and his assistant Kevin O’Dea.

On the college snapping front, two snappers accepted invites to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.  Jake Wirsching from Bemidji State and Andy Rieman from Mount Union will be the snappers.  They join Tanner Carew of Oregon, who will snap in the Senior Bowl, as the snappers who have received all-star bids.

The Week Eleven NFL Long Snappers Chart is below.

2017 Week Eleven

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Week Ten in Review

Week Ten featured rare successful efforts by replacement snappers.  In recent NFL history, when a snapper goes down, the backup snapper or snappers have not always been up to the task.   This week, when Matt Overton was injured for the Jaguars, Tommy Bohanon filled in to perform punt snaps and Tyler Shatley did the same for the short snaps.  Both did well under the circumstances and the Jaguars won on a late field goal in overtime.

The Jaguars have since signed Colin Holba, who was drafted this year by the Steelers, to replace Overton. Before signing Holba, Andrew East, Drew Ferris and Ryan DiSalvo also worked out for the Jaguars.

During the bye week, the Eagles worked out three snappers, hosting East, client Jimmy Landes and Jeff Overbaugh.

Pro Football Focus, known for their analytical analysis of the NFL and college football, just released their mid-season rankings of all 32 NFL special teams units.  The Vikings have the top units due, at least in part, to snapper Kevin McDermott, who has only one negatively-graded snap.  The Eagles are second, followed by the 49ers, Dolphins and Ravens.  The bottom five are the Giants, Packers, Chargers, Redskins and the last-ranked Cardinals.

At least one college snapper who is a top prospect for the NFL Draft has been invited to a post-season all-star game.  Tanner Carew of Oregon has been invited to the Senior Bowl, the best of the various all-star games.  More invites for snappers will follow in the coming weeks.

Three snappers, Tyler Ott (Seahawks), Clark Harris (Bengals) and Nick Sundberg (Redskins), recorded solo tackles in punt coverage this week.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Ten is below.

2017 Week Ten

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Week Nine in Review

Week Nine is complete and marked the NFL regular season debut of client Derek Hart with the Packers last night.  Hart becomes the third snapper the Packers have used this season, following injuries to client Brett Goode and, most recently, Goode’s replacement Taybor Pepper this past week. To earn the Packers job, Hart competed against three other tryout snappers in Colin Holba, Nolan Frese and Zach Triner

Unfortunately, Hart had a poor field goal snap to start his NFL career, but rebounded on his remaining snaps and even recorded an assisted tackle in punt coverage.

John Denney of the Dolphins played in his 200th game this week to become only the third Dolphin to reach that milestone in team history.

A special note from the college ranks, as Iowa snapper Tyler Kluver helped execute a perfect fake field goal against Ohio State in which Kluver caught a pass after his snap and nearly scored a touchdown.

Although not a snapper story, punter Johnny Hekker of the Rams received some significant press attention this week when a New York Times story by Ben Shipgel asked whether he might be “The N.F.L.’s Most Valuable Player”.  Shipgel profiles Hekker’s rise from an undrafted free agent punter, noting his rare combination of distance, direction and hang times makes him a unique special teams weapon.

In addition to Hart’s assisted tackle, two other snappers, Jon Weeks (Texans) and Kyle Nelson (49ers), added assists this week in punt coverage.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Nine is below.

2017 Week Nine

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Week Eight in Review

Week Eight in the NFL is complete and was generally uneventful.  Bad weather, particularly for the east coast games, made some snaps difficult.

Prior to Week Eight action, two teams had snappers in for workouts in connection with  kicker and punter tryouts.  Trent Gow worked out with the Cowboys, while Anthony Kukwa snapped for the Giants.

Three snappers had tackles in punt coverage with Charley Hughlett (Browns) and Tyler Ott (Seahawks) adding solo tackles and Nick Sundberg (Redskins) tallying an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eight is below.

2017 Week Eight

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Week Seven in Review

Week Seven in the NFL is complete and perhaps the biggest story involving a long snapper is the 200 tickets that Joe Cardona of the Patriots donated to military members for the Falcons game on Sunday night,  The CFL also had a noteworthy event this week, as BC Lions snapper Mike Benson recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

Two teams worked out snappers prior to Week Seven action.  Detroit worked out Andrew East, Nolan Frese and Jeff Overbaugh, while the Giants had East, Derek Hart and Colin Holba in as well.  The Giants workout was precautionary, as Zak DeOssie had a minor injury, but he was healthy for Sunday’s game and no move was needed.

Three snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage, with Morgan Cox of the Ravens recording a solo tackle and Reid Ferguson of the Bills adding an assisted tackle.  DeOssie also tallied two assisted tackles for the Giants, proving that any injury is not impacting his excellent coverage skills.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Seven is below.

2017 Week Seven

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Week Six in Review

Week Six in the NFL brought some uncharacteristic bad snaps from Josh Harris of the Falcons and Jon Condo of the Raiders.  Harris appeared to have a punt snap accidentally blocked by a teammate, while Condo had a high snap on a late extra point attempt in a Raider loss.

Justin Drescher made a succesful debut with the Cardinals after taking over for Aaron Brewer, who has been placed on injured reserve.

The Bengals just extended the contract of Clark Harris for another season into 2018.  Harris has missed just three games since joining the Bengals in 2009 and completed 1,192 snaps and recorded 28 tackles.

Four snappers had tackles in punt coverage with Rick Lovato (Eagles), Joe Cardona (Patriots) and Zak DeOssie (Giants) recording solo tackles, while Charley Hughlett added an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Six is below.

2017 Week Six

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Week Five in Review

Week Five included the second injury during the regular season as Aaron Brewer of the Cardinals broke his wrist in the first quarter against the Eagles.  The Cardinals used position players Josh Mauro and Evan Boehm in place of Brewer.  The Cardinals worked out five snappers yesterday and signed former Saints snapper Justin Drescher to replace Brewer.  Other snappers included Andrew East, Jeff Overbaugh, Colin Holba and Drew Williams.

Despite the injury, Brewer did add an assisted tackle in punt coverage.  Jon Condo of the Raiders added a tackle and Thomas Hennessy of the Jets had an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Five is below.

2017 Week Five

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