The biggest snapping news during Week Sixteen occurred outside the lines, as Morgan Cox (Ravens) and Rick Lovato (Eagles) were voted the Pro Bowl long snappers. While the selection of a Pro Bowl snapper is not unique since they have been part of the game since 1996, what was special this year was that each were voted on by other snappers and coaches.
Cox and Patriots snapper Joe Cardona are credited with coming up with the idea last month to have each NFL snapper vote for the Pro Bowl snappers. In the prior selection process, the coaching staffs for each team picked the snapper. Through a group text, Cox got all NFL snappers on board and the process was approved by the NFL’s competition committee. This will be the third time Cox has been in the Pro Bowl, while it will be Lovato’s first trip.
Just one team worked out snappers this week, as the Jets had Kevin McDermott and John Wirtel in for tryouts.
On the tackle front, two snappers recorded tackles this week, as Beau Brinkley (Titans) had two assisted tackles while Matt Orzech (Jaguars) had a single assisted tackle. The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Sixteen is below. With one week left, Lovato and Thomas Hennessy each hold the lead in tackles among snappers with four total.