Week Fourteen in Review

Week Fourteen brought another snapper injury and an emergency replacement pressed into action.  Thomas Hennessy of the Jets suffered an apparent concussion against the Broncos in the first half, forcing tight end Eric Tomlinson to assume the snapper role.  Tomlinson did a decent job in relief.

Justin Drescher, who filled in for injured Aaron Brewer in Arizona since Week Five, was released yesterday and Brewer is set to resume snapping duties for the Cardinals.

In college a news, Ike Powell of Auburn will join Tanner Carew of Oregon as the two snappers in the Senior Bowl next month.  Both are the top snapping prospects for the Draft.

Four snappers recorded tackles in Week Fourteen, with JJ Jansen (Panthers) and Zak DeOssie (Giants) tallying solo tackles and Hennessy and John Denney (Dolphins) adding assisted tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Fourteen is below.

2017 Week Fourteen

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Week Thirteen in Review

Week Thirteen marked the return of tackles by snappers in punt coverage.  After two unprecedented weeks of no tackles, Justin Drescher of the Cardinals added a solo tackle and client Casey Kreiter of the Broncos added an assisted tackle.  LP Ladouceur of the Cowboys had a fumble recovery in the Thursday game.

Prior to Week Thirteen action, Jeff Overbaugh worked out for the Chargers and Overbaugh and Andrew East had tryouts with the Redskins yesterday.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Thirteen is below.

2017 Week Thirteen

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Week Twelve in Review

Week Twelve was a quiet one in the snapping world.  For a second consecutive week, there were no tackles in punt coverage by an NFL snapper.  The only team to workout a snapper was Jacksonville, who had client Derek Hart in for a tryout earlier in the week.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Twelve is below.

2017 Week Twelve

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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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