Week Seven of the NFL was a welcome one for this blog. While some weeks are quiet for snappers, once in awhile there are weeks like this one in which snappers were involved in a number of key plays.
For example, Aaron Brewer of the Cardinals was part of a memorable field goal attempt in Arizona’s game against Seattle. On the 39 yard field goal attempt, Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner leaped over Brewer after the snap to block the kick. The Wagner play, while dramatic, was not without controversy, as the Cardinals believed any contact with the snapper is a penalty and it appeared Wagner’s foot hit Brewer in the back. The NFL VP of Officiating, Dean Blandino, clarified that a player has to land on another player for it to be a foul.
The game was notable for other reasons, including the fact that ach team missed short field goals late in overtime and the game ending in a 6-6 tie. Wagner also leaped Brewer on the final Cardinals’ field goal attempt but without making contact with Brewer. Wagner commented after the game that he studied video of Brewer and noticed that he gets low on field goal snaps and he thought he would be able to leap over him.
Jon Condo of the Raiders had a rare poor punt snap late in the game against the Jaguars. Condo’s snap bounced to punter Marquette King with the Raiders facing a 4th and 24. King fielded the snap on one hop and ended up running for a first down, demonstrating incredible speed to avoid a potential disaster.
Earlier this week, the Giants added Tyler Ott to their practice squad in case Zak DeOssie and his injured ankle prevented him from snapping. However, DeOssie was able to snap without incident.
Four snappers recorded tackles in Week Seven, with James Winchester (Chiefs) and Beau Brinkley (Titans) adding solo tackles and Garrison Sanborn (Bills) and Kyle Nelson (49ers) tallying assisted tackles. Greg Warren (Steelers) also had the first fumble recovery by a snapper this season.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Seven is below.