Week Thirteen brought an interesting change to the snapping position. With Danny Aiken of the Patriots unable to snap due to a concussion suffered in last week’s game, the Patriots used starting defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, to snap against the Packers.
Ninkovich, who came into the league in 2009 with the Saints as a snapper, performed well under difficult circumstances. Earlier in the week, the Patriots added Charley Hughlett to the practice squad, but waived him a few days later. Most assumed from that transaction that Aiken would be able to snap, but he was inactive for the game.
Four snappers had tackles in punt coverage this week, with LP Ladouceur (Cowboys), Kyle Nelson (Niners), Zak DeOssie (Giants) and Carson Tinker (Jaguars) each recording tackles, with Ladouceur’s tackle an assisted stop.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Thirteen is below.