Rick Gosselin’s All-Time Special Teams Unit Snappers

Rick Gosselin recently named his all-time NFL Special Teams Unit, which included three long snappers.  Gosselin, who has ranked each NFL teams special teams groups for 38 seasons, created a First Team, Second Team and some wild card spots to fill out a proposed 53-man roster of the best special teams players.

The First Team snapper was Steve DeOssie.  Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has called him “one of the most impactful players in the punting game” for his ability to snap, block and cover.  DeOssie had 81 career tackles on special teams, including 20 in the 1998 season alone.

Patrick Mannelly was the Second Team snapper for his 16 seasons in Chicago and his ability to turn snapping into a science.  Dave Toub, one of Mannelly’s special teams coaches with the Bears, noted that Mannelly was the first to count rotations of the ball on short snaps to make sure the holder never got the laces.

Don Muhlbach, who is still playing after entering the NFL in 2004, was the wild card snapper for “his rocket snaps”.

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Tryout Snapper Drew Scott Signed by Oakland

It appears that at least one tryout long snapper has been signed to a contract.  Drew Scott from Kansas State, who first tried out with the Raiders and then the Saints this past weekend, was signed by the Raiders.  With Scott’s signing, nine teams (Ravens, Cowboys, Broncos, Packers, Jaguars, Chargers, Dolphins, Raiders and Seahawks) has two snappers on the roster.

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Snapping Moves after the Draft

NFL rookie mini-camps have just concluded and below is a  summary of activity at the snapping position since the Draft.  Note that mini-camp tryouts are typically not made public and are often confused as signings.  In addition, players from prior Draft classes are eligible for tryouts, so a handful of snappers got opportunities in mini-camp and, depending on the timing, some snappers were able to attend two mini-camps.  At this time, it does not appear that any of the tryout snappers have been signed to contracts.

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


Hunter Bradley (Mississippi State/Packers)


Trent Seig (Colorado State/Ravens)

Lucas Gravelle (TCU/Dolphins)

Taner Carew (Oregon/Seahawks)


James Fisher (North Dakota State/Bears)

Colton Taylor (Virginia Tech/Jets and Redskins)

Dennis Long (East Stroudsburg/Jets)

Ike Powell (Auburn/ Chiefs)

Brock Barr (Boise State/Falcons and Raiders)

AJ Hantak (Eastern Illinois/Saints)

Nick Meadows (West Virginia/Colts)

Mitchell Fraboni (Arizona State/Texans)

Drew Van Maanen (Wyoming/Texans)

Nick Seme (Ohio State/Browns)

Wesley Horky (Oklahoma/Eagles)

Scott Sypniewski (Vanderbilt/Jaguars)

Trent Frix (Georgia/Jaguars)

CJ Keller (Stanford/49ers)

Ty Yazujian (Penn State/Cardinals)

Drew Williams (South Carolina/Buccaneers)

Ryan Navarro (Oregon State/Redskins)

Cole Mazza (Alabama/Giants)

Drew Scott (Kansas State/Saints)

Andrew East (Vanderbilt/Titans)

David Mackie (Western University/Giants)


Nick Dooley (Vikings)

Drew Williams (Cardinals)

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One Snapper Drafted; Three Sign Free Agent Contracts

A snapper was drafted for the fourth consecutive season as the Packers drafted Mississippi State’s Hunter Bradley in Round Seven.  Three other rookie snappers, Tanner Carew  (Oregon-Seahawks), Trent Sieg (Colorado State-Ravens) and Lucas Gravelle (TCU-Dolphins), signed free agent contracts immediately after the conclusion of the Draft.

There will likely be another 15 or more snappers that will get tryout opportunities in rookie mini-camps, either this coming weekend or the following weekend.  Longsnap.com will track all of the tryouts and provide a post with all of the known tryouts.  Many teams do not publicize the tryout players, so any long snapper that has earned a mini-camp invite can email the information to me at kevingold@longsnap.com


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Additional Long Snapper Transactions

With the NFL Draft commencing Thursday, one team added some snapping depth, as the Cowboys signed Scott Daly from last year’s Draft class.  In addition, the lone remaining exclusive rights free agent, Tyler Ott, signed his new contract with the Seahawks.

Stayed tuned to Longsnap.com during the upcoming weekend, as I will be tracking all the snapping moves during and after the Draft.

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NFL Teams Still Need Dedicated Long Snappers

NFL teams still need dedicated long snappers.  Alex Kirshner of SB Nation recently wrote an excellent analysis of how NFL teams still need a specialist that does nothing other than snap despite the trend toward versatility in other positions.

In his story, titled “Why NFL teams still can’t live without a long snapper”, Kirshner describes the trend from the early 2000’s of teams employing a pure snapper.  Featuring comments from client Brett Goode, NFL coaches and remarks from an interview Kirshner did with me, the article describes the unique nature of snappers who have both the most, and the least, job security in the NFL.

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Latest Long Snapper Transactions

With the NFL Draft a few weeks away, the snapper signings have slowed.  Two exclusive rights free agents, client Casey Kreiter (Broncos) and Luke Rhodes (Colts), have each signed their one-year contracts.  Client Patrick Scales, who was not tendered by the Bears as an exclusive rights free agent, recently signed a new one-year contract with Chicago.  Tyler Ott remains the only exclusive rights free agent that was tendered by Seattle to keep his rights, but has not actually signed his contract but that is expected to happen soon.

Andrew East was waived by the Raiders, leaving newly-signed Andrew DePaola as the only snapper on the Oakland roster.   As of right now, just five teams (Cardinals, Broncos, Jaguars, Chargers and Vikings) have two snappers on the roster.

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