After last year’s NFL Draft that consisted of just a few Pro Days and no rookie mini-camps or tryouts, I wrote about the particular challenges for long snappers. With this year’s Draft starting Thursday, it could be another difficult time for this year’s Draft-eligble snappers.
While Pro Days happened without any issues, the NFL just announced that tryouts will be limited to 5 players per team. Prior to last season, many NFL teams would bring in a snapper for rookie mini-camps on a tryout basis, but those opportunities will be limited once again this year.
To get a shot this year, a snapper must be drafted, signed to an undrafted free agent contract or be lucky enough to be one of the 5 players given a tryout. Last year, one snapper was drafted and just a few signed free agent deals and that reality could repeat next weekend.
With the Packers recent signing of street free agent Joe Fortunato, nine teams have two snappers on the roster. The others are the Ravens, Bengals, Raiders, Rams, Dolphins, Giants, Steelers and Titans. Only the Washington Football Team has no snapper under contract.
The Longsnap.com blog will be updated with all the snapping developments from the Draft next weekend.