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NFL Special Teams Unit Rankings

The end of the NFL regular season means that the annual rankings of each special teams unit in the NFL are finalized.  Rick Gosselin, who is famous for his compilation of 22 different kicking game categories, just published his ranking … Continue reading

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Week Seventeen in Review

Week Seventeen and the NFL regular season of 256 games is now complete.  Thomas Hennessy (Jets) and Rick Lovato (Eagles) each had four tackles in punt coverage this season, including three solo, to lead all snappers. The 2019 season was … Continue reading

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An Extensive Examination of Icing the Kicker in the NFL and College

Long snappers are critical to every successful kick, especially on field goal attempts.  Icing the kicker, by calling a timeout before the kick, is a tactic that some coaches have employed as part of normal game strategy. Nathan Cooper of … Continue reading

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College and NFL Snapping Odds and Ends

With NFL training camps opening today, the college season is not far behind.  Things are already heating up for snappers and will continue August 1st, when The Patrick Mannelly Award, for which I am honored to be one of the … Continue reading

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Snapping Update Before the NFL Draft

With the NFL Draft at the end of this month, it is a good time for an update on recent developments at the snapping position.  Three unrestricted free agent snappers have signed one-year deals to rejoin their teams. They are … Continue reading

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NFL Special Teams Coach Update

All 32 NFL teams now have a special teams coach in place following the usual changes that occur at the end of each season. Below is a comprehensive summary of all of the changes since the end of the regular … Continue reading

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NFL Special Teams Unit Rankings

One of the more interesting aspects of NFL special teams units at this time of year is the annual rankings that are released to measure performance. Rick Gosselin is famous for his 22 kicking game criteria rankings and has just … Continue reading

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Comprehensive NFL Snapping Update Before Conference Championships

With the AFC and NFC Championship games tomorrow, it is a good time to take a look at the many developments impacting long snappers since the end of the regular season. Here are the latest news on a tryout, future … Continue reading

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Lots of Snapping News Coming in January

Welcome to 2019!  The end of the NFL regular season usually brings a lot of snapping news, most of it happening off the field. For example, there will be a couple of snappers signed to contracts for the 2019 season. … Continue reading

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Blake Ferguson Wins First David Binn Award

Last evening, junior Blake Ferguson of LSU was named the inaugural winner of the David Binn Award given to the best college long snapper.  Ferguson was one of five finalists named on December 9th.  Ferguson was the only underclassman on the … Continue reading

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