Steelers Release Warren

Last week, the Steelers released veteran snapper Greg Warren with a failed physical designation, ending his 12 season tenure with the team.  Warren apparently experienced some issues with a prior injury and felt playing the 2017 season would pose a significant risk.

Warren’s release clears the way for rookie Colin Holba, who was drafted last month out of Louisville, to assume the snapping duties in Pittsburgh.

Pro Football Focus published an interesting study of Warren following his release showing his accuracy had decreased the past few seasons.  According to PFF’s analysis, Warren was 98% accurate in 2013 and 98.6% in 2014 before dropping to 95.7% in 2015 and 94.9% in 2016.  The NFL average for long snapper accuracy in 2016 was 96.1% based on PFF’s review and grading of all punts and placement snaps.

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No Snappers Signed after Mini-Camp Tryouts

Rookie mini-camps are now complete in the NFL and it does not appear that any of the tryout snappers were offered contracts.  In Tampa Bay, former Bills snapper Garrison Sanborn will have the job for now, as Dax Dellenbach was waived.

There are just eight teams (Cowboys, Lions, Dolphins, Saints, Raiders, Eagles, Steelers and Seahawks) with two snappers on the roster at this time.

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Three Snappers Waived

No tryout snappers were signed as of yet from this past weekend’s rookie mini-camps.  However, three teams reduced the number of snappers on their roster, as Kameron Canaday (Steelers), Zach Triner (Jets) and Taybor Pepper (Packers) have all been let go.  Another snapper from last year’s Draft class, Nick Dooley, was a mini-camp invite for the Vikings.

Twenty teams will hold mini-camps this weekend and there is a chance one or two snappers may be signed after those.

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Snapping Cuts, Signings and Tryouts

It has been an active week at the long snapping position in the NFL.  After Colin Holba was the only snapper to be selected in the NFL Draft, three other snappers signed free agent contracts.  Other snappers were invited to rookie mini-camps that start this week for 12 teams and next weekend for the other 20 teams.  These developments also led some teams to remove snappers from their rosters, including veteran Matt Overton, who was released by the Colts.

Below is the latest summary of moves as of this morning.  Note that tryouts are typically not made public and are often confused and reported as signings.  If there are any snappers missing from this list, please let me know by emailed me at kevingold@longsnap.com.

DRAFTED

Colin Holba (Lousiville/Steelers)

SIGNED

Anthony Kukwa (Lake Erie/Raiders)

Thomas Hennessy (Duke/Colts)

Chase Dominguez (Utah/Saints)

TRYOUT

Nolan Dowling (Western Kentucky/Chiefs)

Drew Williams (South Carolina/Bucs)

Ryan Navarro (Oregon State/Raiders)

Jake Hurrell (Missouri/Ravens)

Jeremy Salmon (Maine/Saints-originally the Bills)

Cole Mazza (Alabama/Jets)

Darrell Travis (Louisiana Tech/Bengals)

Greg Hohenstein (Bowling Green/Chargers)

Scott Daly (Notre Dame/Bears)

Michael Martin (Illinois/Patriots)

Ty Yazujian (Penn State/Lions)

Josh Appel (Indiana State/Giants)

Paul Rucci (Rowan/Cardinals)

Bradley Northnagel (California/49ers and Colts)

WAIVED/RELEASED

Matt Overton (Colts)

Joe Fortunato (Colts)

Andrew East (Rams)

Jeff Overbaugh (Broncos)

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Holba Drafted by Steelers; Post-Draft Snapper Developments

For the second consecutive season, a long snapper was drafted in the Sixth Round of the NFL Draft.  Colin Holba of Louisville was drafted by the Steelers and will compete with veteran Greg Warren.  Last year, client Jimmy Landes was a Sixth Round pick of the Lions.

After the Draft, a number of snappers were either signed to free agents contracts or, in the majority of cases, given the opportunity to tryout at upcoming rookie mini-camps.  Below are some names of the snappers connected with teams at this time.

This list will be updated as more names are added and it becomes clear which are signings or tryouts.  Unsigned snappers from prior Draft classes may also be invited to tryout.  For example, former Cardinals snapper Danny Dillon has been invited to the Panthers mini-camp.

Any missing snapper signings or tryouts can be emailed to kevingold@longsnap.com.

Anthony Kukwa (Lake Erie/Raiders)

Thomas Hennessy (Duke/Colts)

Nolan Dowling (Western Kentucky/Chiefs)

Chase Dominguez (Utah/Saints)

Drew Williams (South Carolina/Bucs)

Ryan Navarro (Oregon State/Raiders)

Jake Hurrell (Missouri/Ravens)

Jeremy Salmon (Maine/Bills)

Cole Mazza (Alabama/Jets)

Darrell Travis (Louisiana Tech/Bengals)

Greg Hohenstein (Bowling Green/Chargers)

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Top Ranked Snappers for the NFL Draft

With the NFL Draft at the end of the month, this is the time when various publications for the event are released.  Two of the better guides, Dane Brugler’s 2017 NFL Draft Guide and Nolan Narwocki’s NFL Draft 2017 Preview, include their rankings of the top snappers.

Brugler has Cole Mazza (Alabama) as the top snapper, followed by Colin Holba (Louisville), Bradley Northnagel (California), Anthony Kukwa (Lake Erie) and Scott Daly (Notre Dame).  Narwocki has Holba, Northnagel, Nolan Dowling (Western Kentucky), Mazza, Mark Amann (San Jose State) and Billy Shipman (Cal Poly State).

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Two 2015 Draft Class Snappers Sign First NFL Contracts

With the NFL Draft approaching at the end of the month, teams are continuing to tinker with their rosters.  Two snappers from the 2015 Draft class, Joe Fortunato from Delaware and client Derek Hart from James Madison, each signed their first NFL contracts.

Fortunato signed with the Colts and Hart signed with the Packers.  Both performed well in free agent specialist camps the past few months.  Both attended the Zauner Free Agent Specialist’s Combine in Arizona and Hart also attended the Husted Kicking Pro Camp in Alabama.

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