Last week, the Steelers released veteran snapper Greg Warren with a failed physical designation, ending his 12 season tenure with the team. Warren apparently experienced some issues with a prior injury and felt playing the 2017 season would pose a significant risk.
Warren’s release clears the way for rookie Colin Holba, who was drafted last month out of Louisville, to assume the snapping duties in Pittsburgh.
Pro Football Focus published an interesting study of Warren following his release showing his accuracy had decreased the past few seasons. According to PFF’s analysis, Warren was 98% accurate in 2013 and 98.6% in 2014 before dropping to 95.7% in 2015 and 94.9% in 2016. The NFL average for long snapper accuracy in 2016 was 96.1% based on PFF’s review and grading of all punts and placement snaps.