Monthly Archives: August 2009

Patriots Release Hodel

The Patriots have released veteran snapper Nate Hodel, signaling that draft pick Jake Ingram from Hawaii has won the Patriots’ snapping job.  Hodel was signed by the Patriots in the off-season after being let go by the Cardinals, where he spent … Continue reading

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Falcons Waive Shiver

With the first mandatory NFL roster cuts coming this week, some teams have let go of players before Tuesday’s deadline.  One such player is rookie free agent snapper Robert Shiver from Auburn, who was challenging veteran Mike Schneck in Atlanta.  … Continue reading

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Belichick on Long Snappers

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spent a great deal of time at his press conference today talking about the role of long snappers and the history of specialization.  Belichick gave a very detailed history of snapping in the … Continue reading

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Giants Short Snapper Alford Injured

The Giants are the only NFL team to divide snapping duties between two different players, but it looks like that will not be possible this season.  Short snapper Jay Alford was injured in the game against the Bears and may … Continue reading

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Bills Waive Neill

The Bills waived incumbent snapper Ryan Neill today, leaving Garrison Sanborn as the snapper.  Neill had been the snapper in Buffalo for the last two seasons.  Sanborn went undrafted last year out of Florida State but impressed the Bills at a workout … Continue reading

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The Importance of the Holder

Although this blog seeks to illuminate the anonymous role of the long snapper, there are other key components in the kicking game.  Like snapping, another role often taken for granted is the holder.  In the case of the Colts and snapper Justin Snow, … Continue reading

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Chiefs and Bears Snapping Moves

With the pre-season schedule just beginning, some teams have had to adjust their snappers.  Bears veteran Pat Mannelly has been sidelined with a minor hip injury and, as a precautionary move, the Bears signed J.J. Milan to fill-in.  Milan has … Continue reading

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