Kreiter Signs with Giants; Two XFL Snappers Sign NFL Deals

Veteran snappers rarely change teams in free agency, but it happened yesterday.  Former Broncos snapper Casey Kreiter signed a one-year deal with the Giants.  The Giants already have Colin Holba on the roster and previously signed Drew Scott after the 2019 season.

Two XFL long snappers, Christian Kuntz and Nick Moore, also earned NFL contracts. Kuntz signed with the Steelers and Moore with the Ravens.  Kuntz previously spent time with the Steelers during the 2019 preseason, while Moore was with the Saints last preseason.

Posted in NFL, Transactions, XFL

Veteran Free Agency Update for Long Snappers

The only real news coming from the sports world is the NFL and veteran free agency.  That includes a number of snappers that have reached new deals, either just prior to, or right after, the start of free agency.

Of the 6 unrestricted free agents, only two, Casey Kreiter and Zak DeOssie, remain unsigned at this time.  The other four, client Patrick Scales (Bears), Don Muhlbach (Lions), LP LaDouceur (Cowboys) and Jon Weeks (Texans) have all signed, or reportedly about to sign, one-year deals to return.

The two restricted free agents, Kameron Canaday (Steelers) and Zach Wood (Saints), each inked new, multi-year deals to stay with their clubs.

Posted in NFL, Transactions

Snapping and Coaching Update as the NFL Pauses

While it is possible that veteran free agency may begin this week in the NFL, much of the football world is otherwise paused due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, news broke today that one potential veteran free agent long snapper, Don Muhlbach, re-signed with the Lions on a one-year deal as he enters his 17th NFL season.  Other unrestricted free agent snappers such as Jon Weeks (Texans)  and Patrick Scales (Bears) are expected to return to their teams.  The Broncos have added another snapper by signing Jacob Bobenmoyer who joins Wes Farnsworth on the roster with Casey Kreiter about to become a free agent.  Trent Sieg, who was an exclusive rights free agent, has re-signed with the Raiders.

To close the loop on the special teams coaching changes, John Bonamego is the new special teams coach for the Rams and it appears Cameron Achord will be the replacement for Joe Judge in New England.

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Ferguson and Wirtel Invited to NFL Scouting Combine

For the first time since 2017, the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of this month will feature two long snappers.  Blake Ferguson (LSU) and Steven Wirtel (Iowa State) have both been invited to the Combine.

Both snappers were also the Senior Bowl long snappers and Wirtel was a finalist for the first annual Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award.

Posted in College, NFL, NFL Draft, Patrick Mannelly Award

XFL Long Snappers

With the NFL season finished, the new XFL season starts on February 8th.

Below are the snappers for the eight teams in the latest version of the league that initially played one season back in 2001.

DALLAS: Christian Kuntz

DC: Brian Khoury

HOUSTON: Colton Taylor

LOS ANGELES: Ryan Navarro

NEW YORK: Scott Daly

ST. LOUIS: Tanner Carew

SEATTLE: Noah Borden

TAMPA BAY: Nick Moore

Posted in XFL

Snapping News and Notes Before the Super Bowl

With the Super Bowl this Sunday, it is a good time to catch-up on some snapping and snapping-related developments around the NFL over the past few weeks.

Sunday’s game will include snappers James Winchester (Chiefs) and Kyle Nelson (Niners).  Winchester recorded a tackle in punt coverage in its win over the Titans, while Austin Cutting of the Vikings added a tackle during the Wild Card round.

There has been one additional future/reserve contract signing, as the Bengals signed Dan Godsil, who was with them in training camp.  As the regular season was ending, there were two snappers that earned tryouts, as the Chiefs had Drew Scott in for a workout and the Steelers brought in Kyle Vasey.  Scott later signed a future/reserve contract with the Giants.

Every off-season brings a string of special teams coaching changes and so far there have been just a handful to date.  Joe Judge of the Patriots became the Giants head coach, creating a vacancy in New England.  John Fassel went from the Rams to the Cowboys and Brayden Coombs will coach the Lions special teams units.  The Patriots and Rame are the two vacancies, but both should be filled soon.

Posted in Coaching, NFL, Tackles, Transactions

NFL Special Teams Unit Rankings

The end of the NFL regular season means that the annual rankings of each special teams unit in the NFL are finalized.  Rick Gosselin, who is famous for his compilation of 22 different kicking game categories, just published his ranking of all 32 special teams units.  New Orleans, under special teams Darren Rizzi, had the top unit, while Tampa Bay was ranked last.

Football Outsiders has its own ranking of special teams units and had Cincinnati, coached by Darrin Simmons, as the top team based on its unique criteria.  The Chargers were ranked last.

The top five and bottom five for each are below:

RICK GOSSELIN

TOP 5 (1-5): New Orleans, Cincinnati, New England, Washington and Jacksonville

BOTTOM 5 (28-32): Carolina, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Dallas and Tampa Bay

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS

TOP 5 (1-5): Cincinnati, Kansas City, New Orleans, Jets and Houston

BOTTOM 5 (28-32): Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Dallas, Carolina and Chargers

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