Most NFL teams start padded practices today and each will have no more than 80 players on the roster.
To date, three snappers have been impacted by COVID, as Blake Ferguson (Miami), Hunter Bradley (Green Bay) and Zach Wood (New Orleans) were all inactive for at least some time due to the virus. All but Bradley have returned to practice, but he is expected to return soon. Rookie Rex Sunahara, who was added to the Dolphins roster after Ferguson’s absence, has since been waived. Just five clubs (Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit and Jacksonville) have two snappers on the roster.
Finally, Zak DeOssie officially retired recently after spending all 13 seasons of his NFL career with the Giants. DeOssie won two Super Bowls, made two Pro Bowls and, perhaps more importantly, was the leading tackler among snappers in punt coverage for 6 seasons according to Longsnap.com’s compilation from official NFL Game Books. Congrats to Zak on an incredible career.