Week Eighteen in Review

The very first Week Eighteen of the NFL regular season is complete and featured three overtime games that impacted the playoffs. Raiders snapper Trent Sieg made national news after the final game when he allegedly is seen telling Austin Ekeler of the Chargers the Raiders planned to take a knee at the end of the game, allowing both teams to make the playoffs. Instead, after a Chargers time out, the Raiders got into field goal position and hit a game winner, eliminating the Chargers.

There was a rare unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a snapper this week, as Reid Ferguson of the Bills tangled briefly with Nick Bawden of the Jets during a punt return. Both players were penalized.

Heading into the playoffs, Carson Tinker (Raiders) and Colin Holba (Bengals) remain on practice squads in case of emergency.

Teams can start signing players to reserve/future deals for next season and, while some teams have started to announce player signings, as of this morning, no long snappers have signed a deal. In addition, with a handful of NFL head coaches being fired, special teams coaches will be looking for work. Stay tuned in the coming days and weeks for news on any snapper signings and new special teams coaches as staffs are announced.

Josh Harris (Falcons), who is heading to his first Pro Bowl, led all snappers in punt coverage tackles this season with six, three of which were solo tackles. Four snappers ended up with four tackles.

The final 2021 NFL Long Snappers Chart is below.

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