Week One of the 2018 NFL season is complete and there was a big snapping move to start the season, a significant injury late last night and some major milestones.
First, with Josh Harris nursing a hip injury, the Falcons added Jeff Overbaugh from the practice squad to snap in the season opener. Overbaugh, who snapped three games with the Vikings last year including two in the playoffs, had an issue with an extra point snap in the loss to the Eagles. He was waived yesterday, making it likely Harris is ready to return Week Two.
On the injury front, Andrew DePaola of the Raiders, who signed a free agent contract with Oakland in the off-season, was injured in the first quarter last night. DePaola is likely done for the season with a torn ACL. Tight end Lee Smith snapped the rest of the game and did well in relief.
As for the milestones, John Denney of the Dolphins now owns the NFL’s current streak for consecutive games at 209. Jon Weeks of the Texans played in his 129th consecutive game and has not missed a game since his debut with the Texans in 2010. Harris had his 103 consecutive game streak broken when he missed the game Thursday.
Finally, two snappers, Rick Lovato (Eagles) and Jake McQuaide (Rams) recorded assisted tackles in punt coverage, whole James Winchester (Chiefs) recovered a fumbled punt.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart for Week One is below.