Week One of the 2022 NFL Season is complete and was an eventful one for snappers and kickers.
In addition to 15 missed kicks, a late game biceps injury to Bengals veteran snapper Clark Harris forced the use of a backup snapper, tight end Mitchell Wilcox, in the fourth quarter and overtime. Wilcox struggled with his short snaps and the operation time for the unit was off, resulting in missed kicks. The situation brought significant attention to the need for a reliable snapper and how hard it can be if there is an in-game emergency.
Starting next week, rookie Cal Adomitis will take over for Harris, who was placed on the injured/reserve list with a torn biceps. Ironically, Adomitis was one of two snappers added to a practice squad before Week One.
Veteran snapper Carson Tinker was the other snapper on a practice squad for the Seahawks after a workout that also included Matt Overton. Tinker was activated prior to last night’s game after it was revealed Tyler Ott may need shoulder surgery.
The Bears were penalized in a unique manner that prevented a field goal attempt. Rookie punter Trenton Gill used a towel to wipe down the area where the ball would be placed for the kick. It had rained for hours before the game and during it as well. The rule prohibits altering the playing surface where the ball will be spotted with a foreign object.
Other than the Sehawks tryout, the Falcons were the only team to work out snappers since final cuts, bringing in Mitch Fraboni, Kam Canaday and John Wirtel.
Just one snapper, Thomas Hennessy of the Jets, recorded a tackle in punt coverage this week. The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week One is below.