Divisional Round Long Snapping Update

The NFL playoffs continue this weekend with the Divisional Round, so it is a good time to provide the latest updates on the snapping position around the NFL.

Teams that remain in the playoffs that have a snapper ready on the practice squad are the Ravens (Nick Moore) and Garrison Sanborn (Bucs). The Saints added veteran John Denney to its practice squad, but just removed him. However, it is likely he could be brought back if the Saints advance. The Rams had Colin Holba, who was waived after snapping the last regular season game for the Niners, in for a visit this week, so he may also be signed to the practice squad.

Other snappers have signed reserve/future deals that become effective after this season ends. Dan Godsil (Bengals), Anthony Kukwa (Texans), Carson Tinker (Giants), Rex Sunahara (Dolphins), client Liam McCullough (Raiders) and Matt Orzech (Titans) will all be under contract next season. Most of these snappers were on their team’s practice squad. At least one snapper that was on a practice squad, Steven Wirtel (Lions), has not yet signed a deal for next season after his practice squad contract with Detroit expired. Christian Kuntz, who has been on and off the Steelers practice squad is also available after being released from the practice squad.

Some other big news after the season ended was that the AP All-Pro team includes long snappers for the first time. Morgan Cox (Ravens) had 27 votes to finish on the First Team while Luke Rhodes (Colts) had 8 for the Second Team. Tyler Ott (Seahawks) finished with 7 votes, while Jon Weeks (Texans) and LP Ladouceur (Cowboys) each had 2 votes. Rick Lovato (Eagles), Charley Hughlett (Browns), Nick Sundberg (Washington) and JJ Jansen (Panthers) each had a single vote.

In the Wild Card Round, client Patrick Scales (Bears) had a solo tackle and Charley Hughlett (Browns) added an assisted tackle. Browns special teams coach Mike Priefer served as Head Coach due to COVID impacting Kevin Stefanski and led his team to a win over the Steelers. Other special teams coaches will change during the coming weeks, as the Vikings already dismissed Marwaan Maalouf.

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