Former NFL long snapper Jon Dorenbos has just published his autobiography, Life Is Magic. Dorenbos suffered tragedy earlier in his life, when his father killed his mother when he was 12. Despite that, Dorenbos has an incredible story of perseverance and how he used football and a positive attitude to play college football and make the NFL.
In addition to having been a professional football player, Dorenbos is also a professional magician and motivational speaker. Life is Magic is an inspirational and fascinating book. While it does contain some very valuable lessons about snapping and the mental approach required to perform at the highest levels, it also has a much bigger message about forgiveness.
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Week Ten featured many close games, including one in which a premature field goal snap by James Winchester of the Chiefs played a key role. Winchester snapped the ball too early on a late field goal attempt that prevented the kick. Later, a Chiefs game winning field goal attempt was blocked by Tennessee. Titans defender Joshua Kalu said after the game that he timed his block perfectly because the Chiefs failed to change the cadence on kick attempts during the game.
Earlier in the week, the Dolphins worked out veteran snappers Kevin McDermott, Matt Overton and Garrison Sanborn but did not make a change.
Off the field, the NFL announced its Salute to Service nominees for each team and three snappers were included on the list. Client Patrick Scales (Bears), Jon Weeks (Texans) and Joe Cardona (Patriots) were all nominated. The award is presented by the NFL in conjunction with USAA and honors someone that demonstrates an exemplary commitment to supporting the military community. The winner will be recognized the night before the Super Bowl.
Just one snapper, Josh Harris of the Falcons, recorded a solo tackle in punt coverage. The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Ten is below.
2019 Week Ten
Week Nine of the NFL season was a quiet one for snappers, although there were still many missed field goals and extra points. It appeared Giants veteran Zak DeOssie may have had some issues with his short snaps last night on Monday Night Football.
There was some off-field news for LP Ladouceur of the Cowboys, as it was made public that the Canadian citizen had become a citizen of the United States. For Ladouceur, the entire process took about six years.
I inadvertently left out a workout of three snappers the Texans conducted after Jon Weeks was injured during his Week Seven game. Weeks was able to finish the game and snap in Week Eight. As a precaution, however, the Texans worked out Matt Overton, Andrew DePaola and Wes Farnsworth.
Two snappers, James Winchester (Chiefs) and Rick Lovato (Eagles), recorded solo tackles in punt coverage. The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Nine is below.
2019 Week Nine
FBS senior college long snappers can now submit their information and videos to be considered for the first annual Patrick Mannelly Award. Snappers must perform both long and short snaps and submit a link to video for all of this season’s snaps.
The Profile Form, linked below, will be used to narrow the list of eligible FBS senior snappers to ten by Monday, November 18th. The following Monday, November 25th, three finalists will be announced and then the Award will be presented Saturday, December 14th.
PMA Long Snapper Profile Form
Week Eight is complete and missed field goal and extra point attempts were critical in a number of games. However, few appeared to be related to the snap.
After using three snappers while he was suspended, Kyle Nelson returned to action this week for the Niners. Garrison Sanborn was waived due to Nelson’s return after he missed ten games dating back to last season.
Three snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage as Zak DeOssie (Giants) and Luke Rhodes (Colts) had solo tackles and Joe Cardona (Patriots) added an assisted tackle.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eight is below.
2019 Week Eight
On December 14th, the Patrick Mannelly Award will be presented, for the first time, to the best senior FBS long snapper. An initial Watch List of 25 snappers was announced on August 1, 2019 and, on Wednesday, seven new names were added.
Patrick Phibbs (Clemson), Blake Best (Kentucky), Keegan Firth (Oregon State), Devin King (Ohio), Steven Nixon (Georgia), Matt Oliveira (South Carolina) and Anthony Ratliff (East Carolina) were all added to the Watch List.
Ten semi-finalists will be announced Monday, November 18th and then narrowed to the three finalists the following Monday, November 25th before the selection of the winner December 14th.
Week Seven is complete and Don Muhlbach of the Lions continues to move up the all-time games played list. With Sunday’s appearance, Muhlbach has played in 234 games over his 16 seasons that puts him 88th in NFL history for games played.
The Niners now have Kyle Nelson available from his 10 game suspension. The Niners can activate him this week or have a one week exemption to activate him next week. In his absence, San Francisco used Colin Holba, Jon Condo and current snapper Garrison Sanborn.
Just one snapper, Aaron Brewer (Cardinals), recorded a tackle this week, as he had an assisted tackle.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Seven is below.
2019 Week Seven