Week Sixteen In Review

Week Sixteen brought another prominent use of an emergency snapper, as Kevin McDermott of the Vikings was injured late in the first half against the Packers.  Tight end David Morgan served as the snapper the rest of the game and did well under the circumstances.

The Vikings think that McDermott may be able to return for the playoffs but are expected to add a veteran after a workout today that will include Justin Drescher. Last week, the Rams worked out Jeff Overbaugh and Drew Ferris with some kickers and punters due to an injury to their kicker.

The STATS FCS All-America team was announced this week and includes the best of the FCS long snappers.  James Fisher of North Dakota State was the first team snapper, followed by Hunter Winstead (Liberty) and Brandon Godsey (South Dakota).  All are seniors.

Four snappers has tackles in punt coverage this week, led by Jonathan Weeks (Texans) who had a solo and assisted tackle and Mike Windt (Chargers), who had two assisted tackles.  Josh Harris (Falcons) and Zak DeOssie (Giants) each had a solo tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Sixteen is below.

2017 Week Sixteen

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Week Fifteen in Review

Week Fifteen is done and included a rare “triple play” of blocks, as the Eagles blocked an extra point, field goal and punt against the Giants.  Cardinals snapper Aaron Brewer returned to action and did well in his return from a broken wrist.  Thomas Hennessy of the Jets. who missed most of last week’s game with a concussion. was able to snap this week.

Phil Steele continues to be one of the few college football writers to show love to long snappers.  As part of his support for the snapping position, Steele has just released his All-American team that has 1st-4th teams, including snappers.  Tanner Carew of Oregon, who will also play in the Senior Bowl, is the 1st team snapper, followed by Wyatt Pfeifer of Western Michigan, Ike Powell of Auburn, who is also a Senior Bowl invite, and the 4th team snapper is Wesley Horky of Oklahoma.

This week, the East-West Shrine Game, which has not typically invited snapping specialists to its college all-star game, changed course and added snappers Drew Scott (Kansas State) and Hunter Bradley (Mississippi State).

Four snappers, Andrew DePaola (Bears), Clark Harris (Bengals), Nick Sundberg (Redskins) and Tyler Ott (Seahawks), recorded solo tackles in punt coverage this week.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Fifteen is below.

2017 Week Fifteen




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Week Fourteen in Review

Week Fourteen brought another snapper injury and an emergency replacement pressed into action.  Thomas Hennessy of the Jets suffered an apparent concussion against the Broncos in the first half, forcing tight end Eric Tomlinson to assume the snapper role.  Tomlinson did a decent job in relief.

Justin Drescher, who filled in for injured Aaron Brewer in Arizona since Week Five, was released yesterday and Brewer is set to resume snapping duties for the Cardinals.

In college a news, Ike Powell of Auburn will join Tanner Carew of Oregon as the two snappers in the Senior Bowl next month.  Both are the top snapping prospects for the Draft.

Four snappers recorded tackles in Week Fourteen, with JJ Jansen (Panthers) and Zak DeOssie (Giants) tallying solo tackles and Hennessy and John Denney (Dolphins) adding assisted tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Fourteen is below.

2017 Week Fourteen

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Week Thirteen in Review

Week Thirteen marked the return of tackles by snappers in punt coverage.  After two unprecedented weeks of no tackles, Justin Drescher of the Cardinals added a solo tackle and client Casey Kreiter of the Broncos added an assisted tackle.  LP Ladouceur of the Cowboys had a fumble recovery in the Thursday game.

Prior to Week Thirteen action, Jeff Overbaugh worked out for the Chargers and Overbaugh and Andrew East had tryouts with the Redskins yesterday.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Thirteen is below.

2017 Week Thirteen

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Week Twelve in Review

Week Twelve was a quiet one in the snapping world.  For a second consecutive week, there were no tackles in punt coverage by an NFL snapper.  The only team to workout a snapper was Jacksonville, who had client Derek Hart in for a tryout earlier in the week.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Twelve is below.

2017 Week Twelve

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Week Eleven in Review

Week Eleven marked the NFL regular season debut of Colin Holba in Jacksonville and the return of client Brett Goode to Green Bay.  In addition, it was a highly unusual week since no snapper recorded a tackle in punt coverage.  I have been tracking snapper tackles in punt coverage since the start of Longsnap.com in 2000 and I do not recall a week in which  no tackles occurred by a snapper.

The Saints have added veteran special teams coach Mike Westhoff to the existing special teams staff  to assist Brad Banta and his assistant Kevin O’Dea.

On the college snapping front, two snappers accepted invites to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.  Jake Wirsching from Bemidji State and Andy Rieman from Mount Union will be the snappers.  They join Tanner Carew of Oregon, who will snap in the Senior Bowl, as the snappers who have received all-star bids.

The Week Eleven NFL Long Snappers Chart is below.

2017 Week Eleven

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Week Ten in Review

Week Ten featured rare successful efforts by replacement snappers.  In recent NFL history, when a snapper goes down, the backup snapper or snappers have not always been up to the task.   This week, when Matt Overton was injured for the Jaguars, Tommy Bohanon filled in to perform punt snaps and Tyler Shatley did the same for the short snaps.  Both did well under the circumstances and the Jaguars won on a late field goal in overtime.

The Jaguars have since signed Colin Holba, who was drafted this year by the Steelers, to replace Overton. Before signing Holba, Andrew East, Drew Ferris and Ryan DiSalvo also worked out for the Jaguars.

During the bye week, the Eagles worked out three snappers, hosting East, client Jimmy Landes and Jeff Overbaugh.

Pro Football Focus, known for their analytical analysis of the NFL and college football, just released their mid-season rankings of all 32 NFL special teams units.  The Vikings have the top units due, at least in part, to snapper Kevin McDermott, who has only one negatively-graded snap.  The Eagles are second, followed by the 49ers, Dolphins and Ravens.  The bottom five are the Giants, Packers, Chargers, Redskins and the last-ranked Cardinals.

At least one college snapper who is a top prospect for the NFL Draft has been invited to a post-season all-star game.  Tanner Carew of Oregon has been invited to the Senior Bowl, the best of the various all-star games.  More invites for snappers will follow in the coming weeks.

Three snappers, Tyler Ott (Seahawks), Clark Harris (Bengals) and Nick Sundberg (Redskins), recorded solo tackles in punt coverage this week.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Ten is below.

2017 Week Ten

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