With NFL training camps about to open, some teams are still making roster moves. When that happens, the second long snapper is often at risk, as was the case with the Raiders. Anthony Kukwa, who signed with Oakland after the Draft, was waived yesterday leaving veteran Jon Condo as the only snapper on the roster.
Just six teams (Cowboys, Dolphins, Saints, Eagles, Steelers and Seahawks) have two snappers on the roster heading into training camp. With Kukwa’s departure, the only snappers remaining on rosters from this year’s Draft class are Colin Holba (Steelers), Thomas Hennessy (Colts), Chase Dominguez (Saints).
Phil Steele’s 2017 College Football Preview is on newsstands now and remains the best source for college football information. Steele always includes long snappers on his Preseason All-American Team and his previews of all FBS schools.
This year’s team features Ike Powell of Auburn as the First Team snapper. Wesley Horky (Oklahoma) is Second Team, while Dan Godsil (Indiana) and CJ Keller (Stanford) are the Third and Fourth, respectively. All are seniors, except for Godsil, who is a junior.
The 2017 CFL regular season got underway last night, so it is a good time to take a look at the starting snapper for each club. There is only one change since last season’s opening day starters, as Louis-Phillippe Bourassa is now the snapper for Ottawa. Jorgen Hus of Saskatchewan and Chad Rempel of Winnipeg are the only snappers with NFL training camp experience.
British Columbia 40 Mike Benson
Calgary 54 Pierre-Luc Caron
Edmonton 53 Ryan King
Hamilton 47 Aaron Crawford
Montreal 37 Martin Bedard
Ottawa 50 Louis-Phillippe Bourassa
Saskatchewan 46 Jorgen Hus
Toronto 58 Jake Reinhart
Winnipeg 46 Chad Rempel
With mini-camps ended, there have been a few snapping transactions this week. Client Jimmy Landes, who was drafted by the Lions last year, was waived leaving Don Muhlbach for another season in Detroit. The Saints waived Tyler Schmitt and added veteran Thomas Gafford, who will compete with rookie Chase Dominguez.
Two high school long snappers from the 2019 class have just received full scholarship offers. Quentin Skinner from Georgia has an offer from LSU and Simon Samarzich from California picked up an offer from Fresno State.
Both snappers trained with snapping guru Chris Rubio. Rubio told me he started training them at the age of nine!
This week is the final week for off-season workouts in the NFL. After this week, the next official action will be the opening of training camps at the end of July.
I do not expect many snapping moves before training camp, although the Steelers recently re-signed Kameron Canaday. Canaday was signed in February and then released last month before his recent return. The Jaguars had some snappers workout last week, including Matt Overton, Andrew East, Jeff Overbaugh and Taybor Pepper, but no one has been signed as of yet.
I often say that every long snapper has an interesting story. One of the more fascinating stories of a snapper’s path to the NFL involves client, Derek Hart.
As explained in more detail in this new Packer Report and Bill Huber story, Hart gave up football last year after his senior year at James Madison.. Personal circumstances compelled him to give the NFL a shot and, after strong performances at two free agent combines earlier this year, he is now the snapper in Green Bay.