Week Five in Review

Week Five was a crazy one for kickers and missed kicks. Heading into Sunday Night Football, kickers missed 12 extra points and 12 field goals. That included an NFL record five missed field goals in the Packers win over the Bengals. While there were no kicking issues Sunday night, the Colts kicker missed two field goals, one of which was blocked, and an extra point last night.

News also broke last night that Jon Gruden of the Raiders was resigning as head coach and that special teams coach Rich Bisaccia would be taking over.

Just one snapper, Garrison Sanborn, has a tryout with the Niners but was not signed.

This week, two snappers were the subject of in-depth media profiles. Ravens snapper Nick Moore was featured in The Athletic by Jeff Zrebiec. While every NFL snapper has an interesting story about how they made it to the NFL, Moore’s is unique because he first played professional baseball. Moore signed a contract with the Red Sox 10 years ago. When he was released, he returned to play football at the University of Georgia and ultimately became a long snapper there. After time in NFL camps and tryouts and a season in the XFL, he made the Ravens practice squad last year and became their full-time snapper this year.

Dennis Young of the New York Daily News wrote about Jets snapper Thomas Hennessy, one of the Jets longest-tenured players and one of their most reliable. In his four seasons, Hennessy has been ranked one of the top long snappers and has never had a blocked punt or kick attempt and not been flagged for a penalty.

Four snappers recorded tackles this week with Matt Orzech (Rams), Christian Kuntz (Steelers) and Moore (Ravens) tallying solo tackles and Andrew DePaola (Vikings) added an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Five is below.

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Week Four in Review

Week Four was a stable one at the snapping position, with no major issues, injuries or changes.

Two teams conducted snapper tryouts this past week, with the Giants bringing in Kameron Canaday, Kyle Nelson and Drew Scott, while the Patriots had rookies Ryan Langan and Turner Bernard workout. None of the snappers were signed.

Two snappers had tackles in punt coverage this week, as Christian Kuntz (Steelers) had a solo tackle and Jacob Bobenmoyer (Broncos) recorded an assist. Blake Ferguson of the Dolphins recovered a muffed against the Colts.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Four is below.

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Week Three in Review

Week Three in the NFL underscored the importance of special teams and kickers in particular. There were four game-winning kicks and none bigger than Justin Tucker of the Ravens. Tucker set an NFL record with a 66-yard kick as time expired to beat the Lions. Of course, all of the kicks start with the snap and Nick Moore’s short snap to holder Sam Koch was perfect.

Prior to Tucker’s record-setting kick, the Cardinals attempted a 68-yard field goal attempt to end the first half, but Matt Prater’s attempt was short and returned for a touchdown by the Jaguars.

There were a few tryouts this week for snappers, as the Falcons worked out Drew Scott and the Lions brought in veteran Beau Brinkley. Brinkley was later added to the practice squad for the weekend then released.

Two snappers added tackles in punt coverage this week, with Matt Overton of the Chargers recording a solo tackle and Jake McQuaide of the Cowboys an assisted tackle last night.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Three is below.

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2021 Division One FBS Long Snappers Chart

Longsnap.com is proud to reveal one of the most popular posts every football season.

Below is the chart containing the long snappers for each FBS football team. Sorted by conference, this exclusive compilation includes the snapper’s uniform number, name, height, weight and class year.

A couple of important notes. This list was based on the punt snapper named on each team’s official depth chart for their first game. Some teams, particularly in the the Big Ten, did not reveal their depth charts before the first game, while others have different snappers for punts and placement kicks. Some listed two snappers, so the first name listed was included. In addition, some snappers have taken an extra year of eligibility due to COVID, so the class years are those listed by the school.

If there are any significant errors, please let me know by email at kevingold@longsnap.com.

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Week Two in Review

Week Two brought the first change at snapper, with veteran Carson Tinker replacing the injured Zach Triner in Tampa Bay. Tinker had not snapped in a regular season game in about three years, although he was on the Giants practice squad last season.

Tinker snapped without incident and it was generally a smooth week for snappers. There was an unusual punt miscue for a touchdown in the Rams game against the Colts. It appears the Rams personal protector was not lined up properly and snapper Matt Orzech’s punt snap hit the personal protector’s hip and went into the end zone, where the Colts recovered it for a touchdown. The Rams did come back to win the game.

Perhaps the biggest snapping news of the week occurred off the field during Patriots Heard Coach Bill Belichick’s weekly press conference. When asked about the importance of a long snapper, Belichick gave a 1,506 word answer that took 9 minutes and 10 seconds to deliver.

In game action, two snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage. Blake Ferguson had a solo tackle for the Dolphins in the “Ferguson Bowl” game against the Bills where his brother Reid is the snapper and Ross Matiscik also had a solo tackle for the Jaguars.

The NFL Long Snapper Chart after Week Two is below.

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Week One In Review

The 2021 NFL Regular Season commenced without significant issues at the snapping position, although there will be a change next week due to injury.

Camaron Cheeseman (Washington) was the only rookie snapper to debut this week, while two first year snappers, Scott Daly (Lions) and Christian Kuntz (Steelers), also made their NFL debuts. Both Daly and Kuntz are great examples of the perseverance and dedication required to snap in the NFL, as both were part of the 2018 Draft class and endured many ups and downs.

As for the snapping change in Week Two, the Bucs put Zach Triner on injured reserve. Carson Tinker will be the replacement, as he was signed after a tryout yesterday featuring Kameron Canaday, Garrison Sanborn and Brian Khoury.

Earlier this week, veteran snapper Don Muhlbach officially retired to return to Detroit as a special assistant to the front office.

For the sake of completeness for any NFL transactions that include a snapper, a number of veterans were released, but quickly brought back, around the final cutdown. They include Reid Ferguson (Bills), Jake McQuaide (Cowboys), Andrew DePaola (Vikings), Casey Kreiter (Giants) and Josh Harris (Falcons).

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Finally, four snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage the week, led by Harris who had three assisted tackles. DePaola and Sieg (Raiders) had solo tackles, while Thomas Hennessy (Jets) tallied an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snapper Chart following Week One is below.

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Wirtel Added to Packers Practice Squad

After final roster cuts last week, just one team, the Green Bay Packers, added a long snapper to its practice squad. After a tryout that included Brian Khoury, the Packers signed Steven Wirtel, who has been in training camp with the Rams.

Khoury and veteran snapper Beau Brinkley had a tryout with the Falcons yesterday but neither player was added to the roster.

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“Final” 53 Man Rosters Set and Snapping Battles Resolved

Today is the final cutdown day in the NFL and all rosters must be at 53 players. Practice squads can be formed tomorrow afternoon with up to 16 players. Thus, rosters and the snapping role for each team is set, but always subject to change. For example, some teams may take the same approach as last season and keep a snapper on the practice squad in case of an emergency.

A few teams went down to the wire with their snapping decisions. The Panther kept veteran JJ Jansen over drafted rookie Thomas Fletcher, who was placed on injured reserve. The Chargers kept Matt Overton after incumbent Cole Mazza was injured, the Rams went with Matt Orzech over Steven Wirtel and the Steelers chose Christian Kuntz over Kameron Canaday.

Stay tuned for any practice squad moves or other possible changes before Week One action.

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Long Snapping Update at the 80 Man Roster Deadline

One NFL preseason game remains and one roster cut to get to 53 next week. Before that, each team had to get to 80 players by 4PM Eastern time today.

Today’s deadline impacted the snapping position, with veteran Carson Tinker released by the Giants. The Patriots waived recently signed Brian Khoury with Joe Cardona returning to practice, while the Chargers waived Ryan Langan.

Snapping competitions remain with the Panthers, Chargers, Rams and Steelers.

Last week marked the potential end of an era for Lions snapper Don Muhlbach, who was released by Detroit on his 40th birthday. If this is the end of the line, Muhlbach played 17 seasons, 260 games and made 2,347 total snaps with just one block. Congrats on a great career.

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NFL Snapping Update after First Mandated Roster Cuts

The first week of the NFL preseason is complete and the first mandatory roster reduction from 90 to 85 players happened yesterday.

A few snappers were waived at the deadline, including client Liam McCullough (Raiders) and rookie Turner Bernard (Vikings). Veteran snapper Matt Overton was added yesterday by the Chargers after Cole Mazza suffered an apparent shoulder injury. The Chargers also have rookie Ryan Langan on the roster.

Other snappers were re-signed and waived again prior to the 85 man roster deadline and first preseason game, including Mitchell Fraboni (Texans) and Rex Sunahara (Dolphins). Drew Scott (Chiefs) and Joe Fortunato (Packers) were also waived in recent weeks and prior to any game action. Brian Khoury was added by the Patriots following an injury to Joe Cardona.

While client Patrick Scales was on the COVID list, the Bears worked out veterans Beau Brinkley, Kyle Nelson and Garrison Sanborn. The Chargers also had a workout for Brinkley and Nelson as well prior to signing Overton and before Mazza’s injury.

With all of these moves and rosters now locked at 85, the Panthers, Lions, Chargers, Rams, Patriots, Giants and Steelers have multiple snappers on the roster with the 80 man reduction deadline coming August 24.

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