Week Thirteen in Review

Week Thirteen had some unsual snapping situations.  Reliable veteran snapper Ethan Albright of the Redskins had a high snap on a late field goal attempt that contributed, at least in part, to a missed kick that would have given the Redskins a two score lead against the Saints.  The Saints eventually won the game in overtime to remain undefeated.  Albright admitted some responsibility for the miss, although he had not yet seen the film.  In commenting on his approach following a poor snap, he offered some advice for all snappers, noting that:

“For me, every snap’s a new snap. If, in my mind, I’m thinking last week I had a bad one, don’t do it again, don’t mess up, don’t mess up. I mean, that’s a recipe for disaster. I’ve got to do it like I’ve done it every time, getting the grip, follow through, go where it’s supposed to, and go to the next one.”

Chiefs snapper Thomas Gafford was the intended recipient of a pass on a fake punt against the Broncos.  Gafford was left uncovered and open, but the pass by backup quarterback Brodie Croyle was batted down.

A number of snappers had tackles this week, led by John Denney of the Dolphins, who had two solo tackles.  Jon Dorenbos (Eagles), Ryan Neill (Rams), Pat Mannelly (Bears), Jeremy Cain (Jaguars), Kevin Houser (Seahawks) each had a solo tackle, while Don Muhlbach (Lions) contributed an assist.  The NFL Long Snappers chart has been updated through Week Thirteen and can be accessed at the NFL Long Snappers page.

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