NFL teams were required to move from 90 active players to 85 today and that deadline forced the Texans to waive recently signed snapper Harrison Elliott. That leaves the battle between veteran Clark Harris and rookie Cal Adomitis in Cincinnati as the only remaining snapping competition.
The Raiders worked out snapper Brian Khoury today in the only tryout involving a snapper.
The NFL slate of preseason games is starting and a few teams made moves and continued their evaluations in case of emergency at the snapping position.
In the past week, the Panthers waived last year’s Sixth Round pick Thomas Fletcher and the Packers did the same with Steven Wirtel, who spent the final half of last season in Green Bay.
The only team to add a snapper was the Texans, who added Harrison Elliott to the roster while Jon Weeks was out for medical reasons. Elliott is from the 2015 NFL Draft class and has prior mini-camp experience with the Broncos and Colts. With these moves, just the Bengals and Texans currently have two snappers on the roster.
The Packers and Broncos are two teams that have used the past week to evaluate other snapping options by conducting tryouts.
The Packers worked out rookie Antonio Ortiz, who signed with the Bears after rookie mini-camp before being waived, and Mitch Fraboni, who most recently snapped for Pittsburgh in the USFL.
The Broncos have worked out nine snappers in two separate workouts the past few days. The first one featured veterans Kameron Canaday, Joe Fortunato, Ryan Navarro and Matt Overton, while the most recent workout included rookies Tucker Addington, Adam Higuera, Cameron Kaye, Antonio Ortiz and Ross Reiter.
With college football season starting soon, the Watch List for the Patrick Mannelly Award, given annually to the snapper judged to be the best among all FBS teams, was announced today.
The initial Watch List has 25 snappers, but there are others under strong consideration for the Award. I am honored to be one of the Award’s founders and look forward to this year, which will be the fourth year it is presented. Apologies to South Alabama, who are incorrectly referred to as Southern Alabama in the announcement.
Ten semi-finalists will be announced on November 14, 2022 and those names will be narrowed to three on November 28, 2022. The three finalists will be invited to a live ceremony on December 10, 2022 in Lake Bluff, Illinois where the Award will be presented. The Award benefits Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization located in Lake Bluff.
With some NFL training camps already underway, two long snappers were waived before camps opened. Antonio Ortiz (Bears) and Ross Reiter (Patriots) were both waived after being signed as undrafted rookie free agents.
With these moves, just three clubs have two snappers in training camp. Those teams are the Panthers, Bengals and Packers.
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With NFL teams on break until training camps open in late July, there were a few additional snapping transactions.
The Packers signed a mini-camp tryout rookie snapper, Jack Coco, to the active roster. Coco was used as Georgia Tech’s short snapper during most of his career, but did not snap this past season. He will compete with Steven Wirtel.
With the signing of Coco, five NFL teams have two snappers on the roster. The others are the Panthers, Bears, Bengals and Patriots.
At least one team brought back a rookie mini-camp tryout snapper for mandatory mini-camp, as the Ravens invited snapper Alex Matheson from Cal Lutheran for another look. In addition, the Broncos had rookie snapper Daniel Cantrell from Boise State in for a tryout. Cantrell also was a tryout snapper for the Seahawks and Raiders right after the NFL Draft. Neither snapper was signed to a contract.
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This weekend, 24 NFL teams conducted rookie mini-camps and most had a long snapper invited on a tryout basis. A total of 18 teams had at least one snapper on a tryout during mini-camp, either this past weekend or the prior weekend, and a few snappers participated in more than one mini-camp.
To date, Ross Reiter (Colorado State) is the only snapper from this weekend’s tryouts to sign a contract, as he signed with the Patriots. Last week, Antonio Ortiz (TCU) signed with the Bears. They join Cal Adomitis (Pitt), who signed with the Bengals right after the Draft.
With the signings of Ortiz and Reiter from mini-camps, plus the signing of Adomitis after the Draft, four NFL teams currently have two snappers on the roster. Those teams are Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati and New England. Rex Sunahara, who was signed by the Steelers in January, was waived last week.
Below is a chart of all the snappers in mini-camp, including Adomitis, who is the only one listed that was not originally on a tryout.
Antonio Ortiz, a rookie snapper from TCU, was signed by the Bears after a tryout this weekend. Ortiz, who was also scheduled to tryout for the Cowboys next weekend, was one of six tryout players signed by Chicago.
Eight teams had tryouts this past weekend, while the remaining 24 will occur this weekend. Longsnap.com is tracking all the tryouts and transactions and will provide another update after the final round of rookie mini-camps next week.
For the first time since 2014, no long snapper was selected in the NFL Draft this weekend. In addition, just one snapper, Cal Adomitis from Pitt, signed a free agent contract after the Draft. Adomitis signed with the Bengals, where he will compete with veteran Clark Harris.
Some other rookie snappers earned tryout opportunities during rookie mini-camps over the next two weekends. They include Antonio Ortiz (TCU) with the Bears and Cowboys, Daniel Cantrell (Boise State) with the Raiders and Seahawks, Cameron Kaye (Troy) with the Packers and Billy Taylor (Rutgers) with the Jets.
Prior to the Draft, the Falcons signed client Liam McCullough after a tryout that included Brian Khoury. McCullough will compete with veteran Beau Brinkley who the Falcons signed in early April. During the Draft weekend, the Jaguars extended the contract of Ross Matiscik through the 2026 season.
With the signing of Adomitis by the Bengals and McCullough by the Falcons, four NFL teams have two snappers on the roster as of today. The two other teams are the Panthers who have JJ Jansen and Thomas Fletcher, while the Steelers have Christian Kuntz and Rex Sunahara.