The Buccaneers snapping job went to veteran Garrison Sanborn, who was just brought back after Sanborn and Drew Ferris were both cut Saturday. With that move, Hunter Bradley of the Packers is the only new snapper on a roster this season.
The Falcons also added Jeff Overbaugh to its practice squad in case of emergency, as Josh Harris has a hip injury and Atlanta opens its season Thursday,
Today is cut down day, the toughest one in the NFL. Teams are required to take rosters from 90 to 53 players and the snapping position is always impacted.
Prior to this final preseason week, the Buccaneers brought back veteran Garrison Sanborn to compete with Drew Ferris. However, both were let go today, so it is likely one of them will be back.
The only new snapper as of right now will be Hunter Bradley, the Packers draft pick who won the job over Zach Triner. Others snappers waived include Trent Sieg (Ravens), Lucas Gravelle (Dolphins), Tanner Carew (Bears), Scott Daly (Cowboys).
The Senior Bowl is the top college all-star game held every January in Mobile, Alabama. Each August, the game releases a Watch List of the nearly 400 seniors that are on the radar to fill the 110 roster sports for each team. The game includes dedicated snappers for each team but, at least in the last few years, snappers were not included on the pre-season Watch List.
This year’s Watch List was released Thursday and includes one snapper, Ryan Farr from Florida. Farr’s inclusion means he has a decent chance at being one of the two snappers selected for the game.
Week Two of the NFL Preseason starts tonight and the Bears have added a snapper. Tanner Carew, a rookie from Oregon, was added to the Bears roster that already has client Patrick Scales. Carew was with Seattle until he was waived in July. The number of teams with two snappers remains at five, as the Raiders previously waived rookie Drew Scott.
For snappers not on an NFL roster looking to play professionally, the options have traditionally been very limited. The Canadian Football League uses Canadian snappers and the many leagues that have tried to either compete with, or supplement, the NFL have not lasted long
One new option that seeks to be the exception to that rule is the Alliance of American Football. Slated to begin games early next year with eight teams, many experienced NFL administrators and a national television contact, the AAF will likely use dedicated snappers. The AAF recently announced its first 100 player signings and at least one snapper, James Fisher from North Dakota State, is among them having signed with the Phoenix team.
Time will tell if the AAF will be a viable option for snappers looking to gain experience outside of the NFL, but the early signs appear positive.
Over the past few years, the NFL has passed various rules changes to help protect snappers. While there are no rule changes this year, the NFL Officiating Department announced that they will be placing a particular emphasis on defenders that initiate contact with the head or neck area of the snapper to protect snappers on point after attempts and field goals.
The exact statement is below:
While there is no rule change, the Officiating Department will emphasize in 2018 that fouls will be called when defenders initiate contact to the head or neck area of the snapper.
The Jaguars recently waived Andrew East, leaving just five teams with two snappers on the roster heading into the first full week of NFL preseason games. The Ravens, Cowboys, Packers, Dolphins and Raiders are the clubs with two snappers as of today.