Week Two brought the first change at snapper, with veteran Carson Tinker replacing the injured Zach Triner in Tampa Bay. Tinker had not snapped in a regular season game in about three years, although he was on the Giants practice squad last season.
Tinker snapped without incident and it was generally a smooth week for snappers. There was an unusual punt miscue for a touchdown in the Rams game against the Colts. It appears the Rams personal protector was not lined up properly and snapper Matt Orzech’s punt snap hit the personal protector’s hip and went into the end zone, where the Colts recovered it for a touchdown. The Rams did come back to win the game.
Perhaps the biggest snapping news of the week occurred off the field during Patriots Heard Coach Bill Belichick’s weekly press conference. When asked about the importance of a long snapper, Belichick gave a 1,506 word answer that took 9 minutes and 10 seconds to deliver.
In game action, two snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage. Blake Ferguson had a solo tackle for the Dolphins in the “Ferguson Bowl” game against the Bills where his brother Reid is the snapper and Ross Matiscik also had a solo tackle for the Jaguars.
The NFL Long Snapper Chart after Week Two is below.