NFL Considers Two New Rules to Protect Long Snappers

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.

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