Week Sixteen is complete and just one week remains in the NFL’s regular season. Despite the COVID pandemic, the NFL and its players have managed to get through the entire season.
There have been significant impacts caused by the virus, especially at the snapper position. For example, Taybor Pepper of the Niners was the latest snapper placed on the COVID reserve list following Sunday’s game. Colin Holba just terminated his Rams practice squad contract, so I am connecting the dots to conclude that Holba returns to the Niners if Pepper cannot snap in Sunday’s finale. However, the Niners have also brought in Drew Scott for a tryout.
Christian Kuntz was released from the Steelers practice squad this week, but is expected to be brought back soon. Anthony Kukwa became a recent addition to the Texans practice squad, leaving eight snappers on practice squads as of today after Holba ended his practice squad deal. I anticipated that most teams in contention for the playoffs would acquire snapper insurance by adding a snapper to the practice squad, but, as of now, just four playoff teams (Baltimore, Miami, Tampa Bay and Tennessee) have done so.
Two snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week, as Blake Ferguson (Dolphins) had a solo tackle and Kameron Canaday (Steelers) added an assisted tackle. With a week left, Thomas Hennessy of the Jets leads all snappers with five total tackles.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Sixteen is below.