XFL Teams Draft Long Snappers

The XFL concluded its two day draft this afternoon and today was the day that long snappers could be selected.  Each of the eight teams now has one snapper on the roster, although the DC club selected a player that also plays defensive end in Brian Khoury.

In addition, it appears that teams could select players that were not on the initially announced draft pool, as snappers John Wirtel and Nick Moore were both taken despite not being included in the announced player pool.

Below are the drafted snapper for each team.

Dallas: Colin Holba

DC: Brian Khoury

Houston: Colton Taylor

Los Angeles: Ryan Navarro

New York: Scott Daly

Seattle: Noah Borden

St. Louis: John Wirtel

Tampa: Nick Moore

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Week Six in Review

Week Six of the NFL season is complete and was a calm and uneventful one for long snappers.  Just two snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage, as Rick Lovato (Eagles) had a solo tackle and JJ Jansen (Panthers) recorded an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Six is below.

2019 Week Six

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Long Snappers Eligible for XFL Draft Pool

The XFL is coming back in 2020 and will conduct a player draft Tuesday and Wednesday of next week to populate team rosters for the eight teams.

The following 18 snappers are listed by the XFL as eligible to be selected next week.

Noah Borden

Drew Ferris

AJ Hantak

Nate Boyer

Scott Daly

Ryan DiSalvo

James Fisher

Ryan Navarro

Tanner Carew

Joe Fortunato

Austin Frey

Owen Gilbert

Seth Hebert

Paul Kelly

Joe Rotherman

Colton Taylor

Alonso Vera

Colin Holba




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Week Five in Review

Week Five had been an uneventful one on the field for long snappers until Monday Night Football.  New Niners snapper, veteran Garrison Sanborn, had a rough night and the Niners missed three field goals.

Sanborn is the third snapper for the Niners this year after they moved on from Colin Holba after two games and Jon Condo retired after one game.  The Niners will have Kyle Nelson back when his suspension expires after Week Seven.

The biggest snapping news off the field involved  Thomas Hennessy of the Jets.  Hennessy, who would have become a restricted free agent after this season, signed a four-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2023 season.

On the field, three tackles recorded assisted tackles in punt coverage, including Hennessy. Josh Harris (Falcons) and Nick Sundberg (Redskins) also had assists.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Five is below.

2019 Week Five

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Week Four in Review

Week Four was a quiet one at the snapping position, with no major issues or injuries.  Four snappers did record tackles in punt coverage, as client Casey Kreiter (Broncos) and Trent Sieg (Raiders) had solo tackles while JJ Jansen (Panther) and Jon Weeks (Texans) added assisted tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Four is below.

2019 Week Four

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Week Three in Review

Week Three brought the first change at the snapping position.  Looking for more consistency, the Niners waived Colin Holba and signed veteran Jon Condo.  Condo is a 13-year veteran who played with the Falcons last season.    The Niners also worked out Garrison Sanborn and Drew Scott.

However, after snapping Sunday, Condo decided to retire yesterday and the Niners signed  Sanborn.  The other Niners snapper, Kyle Nelson, is eligible to snap again in Week Seven,  when his 10 game suspension that started last season expires.

In addition to the Niners workout, the Falcons also had Nick Moore in for a tryout.  Moore was in camp with the Saints in the preseason.

Just one snapper, Thomas Hennessy of the Jets, recorded a tackle in punt coverage.  The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Three is below.

2019 Week Three

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Week Two in Review

Week Two is complete and the first game of the week on Thursday Night Football put new Bucs snapper Zach Triner squarely in the limelight.  Triner, who last played in a meaningful football game in 2014, made a nice desperation tackle in punt coverage.  That tackle got Triner some positive social media attention and, later, a profile story from noted NFL writer Peter King.

Like many long snappers, Triner’s journey to NFL success was not a straight or easy one.  He snapped just one season at Assumption and also played college lacrosse.  He had 13 tryouts over the past four years, including eight last year alone, before making the Bucs this season.

While Triner’s tackle may have been the most noteworthy, four other snappers also added tackles in punt coverage this week.  Thomas Hennessy (Jets) had two solo tackles, while Aaron Brewer (Cardinals) and client Patrick Scales (Bears) added solo tackles.  Beau Brinkley (Titans) had an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Two is below.

2019 Week Two

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