Week Ten featured rare successful efforts by replacement snappers. In recent NFL history, when a snapper goes down, the backup snapper or snappers have not always been up to the task. This week, when Matt Overton was injured for the Jaguars, Tommy Bohanon filled in to perform punt snaps and Tyler Shatley did the same for the short snaps. Both did well under the circumstances and the Jaguars won on a late field goal in overtime.
The Jaguars have since signed Colin Holba, who was drafted this year by the Steelers, to replace Overton. Before signing Holba, Andrew East, Drew Ferris and Ryan DiSalvo also worked out for the Jaguars.
During the bye week, the Eagles worked out three snappers, hosting East, client Jimmy Landes and Jeff Overbaugh.
Pro Football Focus, known for their analytical analysis of the NFL and college football, just released their mid-season rankings of all 32 NFL special teams units. The Vikings have the top units due, at least in part, to snapper Kevin McDermott, who has only one negatively-graded snap. The Eagles are second, followed by the 49ers, Dolphins and Ravens. The bottom five are the Giants, Packers, Chargers, Redskins and the last-ranked Cardinals.
At least one college snapper who is a top prospect for the NFL Draft has been invited to a post-season all-star game. Tanner Carew of Oregon has been invited to the Senior Bowl, the best of the various all-star games. More invites for snappers will follow in the coming weeks.
Three snappers, Tyler Ott (Seahawks), Clark Harris (Bengals) and Nick Sundberg (Redskins), recorded solo tackles in punt coverage this week.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Ten is below.