Week Fourteen was an active one for special teams and snappers in particular. The Eagles rare use of three snappers warranted its own blog post.
Kickers continued to struggle with missed kicks and, last night, the Patriots executed another successful “leaping the snapper” play to block a Ravens field goal attempt.
With Jon Dorenbos now on injured reserve due to a wrist injury, the Eagles turned to Rick Lovato, who recently snapped for the Redskins when Nick Sundberg was injured. Earlier in the week, Lovato, along with Zach Triner, Daniel Dillon and Kameron Canaday. all worked out for the Jets.
The latest leaping the snapper play caused former Bears snapper Pat Mannelly to write this post last night in which he offers tips to snappers on how to handle a potential leaper.
News also broke last night that another special teams coach would serve as head coach. Reports indicate that John Fassel may serve as interim head coach for the Rams after the firing of Jeff Fisher. Already this season, special teams coaches Joe DeCamillas (Broncos) and Mike Priefer (Vikings) have served as head coach on a temporary basis.
Five snappers had tackles in punt coverage this week, with Carson Tinker (Jaguars), Thomas Gafford (Broncos), Josh Harris (Falcons) and LP Ladouceur (Cowboys) recording solo tackles and Zak DeOssie (Giants) chipping in with an assisted tackle. DeOssie leads all snappers with three weeks left in the season with six total tackles.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Fourteen is below.