This week, the NFL will consider a number of proposed playing rule changes, two of which implicate long snappers. The first proposal would provide additional protection for the snapper on kick plays. Specifically, the rule would prevent a defensive player from initiating contact with the snapper until one second after the snap.
The second proposal would address a common issue last season when teams would time snaps to leap over the snapper to block a field goal or extra point. The current rule makes leaping over the snapper illegal only when the defender lands on a player. The proposal would ban the play entirely.
It is expected that the second rule proposal will pass and eliminate the leaping over the snapper play.