Monthly Archives: January 2017

NFL Special Teams Coaching Update

There will be at least five teams with new special teams coaches next season in the NFL.  To date, Joe DeCamillis has moved from the Broncos to the Jaguars, while former Kansas City assistant special teams coach Brock Olivo takes … Continue reading

Posted in Coaching, NFL

Packers Add Pepper

Another team added a snapper for next season, as the Packers have signed former Michigan State snapper Taylor Pepper to the roster for next season.  Pepper worked out for the Packers in late December.  Pepper is the sixth snapper to … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Transactions

Saints Sign Jesse Schmitt

The Saints have signed long snapper Jesse Schmitt to a two-year contract.  Schmitt, who played at Purdue and was in training camp with the Packers last season, performed well at a free agent combine for punters, kickers and snappers run … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Transactions

Super Bowl Long Snappers; Sundberg and Winchester Sign New Deals; Wood Signs Future Deal

Josh Harris of the Falcons and Joe Cardona of the Patriots will handle the snapping duties in the Super Bowl on February 5th.  This will be the first Super Bowl appearance for each snapper.  Heading in to the Super Bowl, … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Tackles, Transactions

Cox and McQuaide Named Pro Bowl Snappers

The AFC and NFC Pro Bowl teams will each have dedicated snappers again this year.  Morgan Cox of the Ravens will make his second straight Pro Bowl appearance for the AFC squad, while Jake McQuaide of the Rams will snap … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Snapping in the Media

Mannelly Acknowledges the “Original Snappers”

Former Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly runs his own excellent snapping website at  The other day, Mannelly posted on his blog a nice story acknowledging some of the snappers who helped developed the position when it became more specialized in … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Snapping in the Media

Jets Sign Triner to Future Deal

Zach Triner became the third long snapper to sign a contract for next season.  Triner, who snapped at Assumption College in Massachusetts, also played Division One lacrosse for Siena College.  He joins Reid Ferguson (Bills) and Jeff Overbaugh (Broncos) as … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Transactions

Best Special Teamers According to Pro Football Focus

Pro Football Focus tracks every player on every play in the NFL and special teams are not immune.  PFF recently published the results from its tracking of every special teams player on every special teams play in an article titled “The … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Snapping in the Media

Fletcher Wins Chris Rubio Award

High school senior Thomas Fletcher won the Chris Rubio Award in Las Vegas last night as the best high school long snapper.  Fletcher will attend Alabama next season and beat out two other senior snappers, Kyle Gibbs who will attend … Continue reading

Posted in High School

Book Review-Upside Down Football: An Inside Look at Long Snapping in the NFL

Author Ted Kluck has just written a book that is easily one of my favorites.  The title, Upside Down Football: An Inside Look at Long Snapping in the NFL may instantly reveal why it is so special.  Admittedly, I am credited, at … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Snapping in the Media