Week Six of the NFL season is complete and, while COVID has impacted team practice schedules and the precise order of the weekly game schedule, all games were played this week without any issues.
Heading into this week’s action, I tweeted a Wall Street Journal story about snappers at the college and NFL level being the “most essential” workers during the pandemic. The article mentioned how college teams, like USF and Austin Peay, have been decimated by injuries and COVID issues at the snapping position.
Also of note in the story were some interesting statistics that I had never seen before, For example, in the NFL, over the past 10 season heading into Week Six, there were 42,417 snaps. Of those, according to Stats LLC, just 40 of those were bad enough to prevent a kick, or 0.09%. Even in college, since 2012, just 259, or .20% of the 132,998 snaps, were bad enough to prevent a punt or kick attempt.
Teams continue to prepare for the potential loss of a snapper this season by working out snappers. The Bengals brought in Dan Godsil, who has prior camp experience with the team, and the Saints hosted veteran snappers Andrew DePaola and John Denney.
Four snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week, led by Rick Lovato of the Eagles, who has two assisted tackles for the second consecutive week. Luke Rhodes (Colts), Charley Hughlett (Browns) and Thomas Hennessy (Jets) each had solo tackles.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Six is below.