Week Eight in Review

Week Eight of the NFL season is complete and, for snappers, the most notable events were various game milestones.

Jon Weeks of the Texans and Morgan Cox of the Titans each played in their 200th game, while client Patrick Scales of the Bears reached the 100 game milestone. Weeks and Scales commemorated the achievement with tackles in punt coverage.

Charley Hughlett of the Browns, who would have become an unrestricted free agent after the season, signed a new four-year extension to remain in Cleveland.

Ross Reiter worked out for the Patriots with a group of punters and the Colts had a workout just for snappers that included Thomas Fletcher, Joe Fortunato and Garrison Sanborn.

Six snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week. Nick Moore (Ravens) and Mitchell Fraboni (Broncos) each had a tackle and an assist, while client Liam McCullough (Falcons) and Matt Overton (Cowboys) had solo stops. Weeks (Texans) and Scales (Bears) each had assisted tackles in their milestone games.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart for Week Eight is below.

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Week Seven in Review

Week Seven was generally quiet at the snapping position, but a false start call on the Browns late in the game against the Ravens did make headlines and draw significant attention.

With just over two minutes left in the game, the Browns lined up for a long, game-tying field goal. Before the kick, the referees threw a flag for a false start after Browns snapper Charley Hughlett was determined to have lifted the football, drawing the Ravens defense offside.

Review shows perhaps a minor movement of the ball, but the Browns have said there was no intent to draw the Ravens offsides and that Hughlett did what he does before every snap.

The Cardinals brought Turner Bernard in for a tryout earlier in the week and Kyle Nelson was released from the Rams practice squad.

Just one snapper, Josh Harris of the Chargers, recorded an assisted tackle in punt coverage.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Seven is below.

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Week Six in Review

Week Six of the NFL season is complete and included the regular season debut of Mitchell Fraboni, who snapped without incident for the Broncos last night and also recorded a tackle in punt coverage.

Fraboni was in the 2018 Draft class and another example of the perseverance and dedication required to snap in the NFL. Fraboni had NFL experience with the Texans and also snapped in the USFL and Spring League.

The Broncos signed another snapper to its practice squad along with Fraboni, Joe Fortunato, who has also been knocking on the door of an NFL career. Fortunato was part of the 2016 NFL Draft class and still looking for his NFL regular season debut. Fortunato was released from the Broncos practice squad before this week’s game. He was part of a the second workout earlier in the week for the Broncos that also included Thomas Fletcher, Brian Khoury, Garrison Sanborn and Rex Sunahara.

The Rams added veteran Kyle Nelson to its practice squad before this week’s action, although Matt Orzech snapped in the game. The Cowboys waived Tucker Addington from its practice squad and will use Matt Overton to snap while Jake McQuaide remains out.

Four snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage including Fraboni’s solo tackle, along with JJ Jansen (Panthers) also tallying a solo tackle and Jack Coco (Packers) and Ross Matiscik (Jaguars) adding assisted tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Six is below.

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Week Five in Review

After a quiet Week Four, things changed at the snapping position and quickly.

It was revealed earlier last week that Jake McQuaide of the Cowboys tore his biceps on his final snap of Week Four. The Cowboys brought in four snappers for tryouts and signed two, Matt Overton and Tucker Addington, to the practice squad. Overton was activated for this week and snapped well after a miscue on his first extra point snap that was snapped too early and prevented the kick. Garrison Sanborn and Antonio Ortiz were the other snappers the Cowboys evaluated.

There will also be a new snapper in Denver next week, as Jacob Bobenmoyer is expected to miss time with a wrist injury and been placed on injured reserve. No snapper has been signed to replace Bobenmoyer as of now, but the team brought in Tucker Bernard, Hunter Bradley Ryan DiSalvo, Mitch Fraboni and Kyle Nelson yesterday and are expected to workout more snappers today. The Broncos previously worked out nine snappers in early August, although none of those tryout players were in the initial workout yesterday.

Before his injury, Bobenmoyer recorded a solo tackle and Matt Orzech of the Rams added two solo tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Five is below.

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Week Four in Review

Week Four of the NFL is in the books and was an uneventful one, as the snapping position has stabilized the past few weeks.

Only the Bears had free agent snappers in for tryouts this week, bringing in Mitch Fraboni and Hunter Bradley on successive days as they looked for a replacement kicker. Neither snapper was signed.

Three snappers recorded statistics in punt coverage this week with Scott Daly (Lions) recording the first fumble recovery by a snapper this year and JJ Jansen (Panthers) and Zach Triner (Bucs) adding assisted tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Four is below.

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Week Three in Review

Week Three of the NFL season is complete and, like Week Two, was generally uneventful for snappers. There was a unique “butt punt” in the Dolphins game against the Bills that has been covered in detail elsewhere.

The Giants had a few snappers in on a tryout basis earlier in the week. The workout featured Kam Canaday, Mitch Fraboni and Steven Wirtel, although no one was signed. The Rams released veteran Matt Overton from the practice squad now that Matt Orzech appears fully recovered.

Five snappers did record tackles in punt coverage this week, led by Aaron Brewer (Cardinals) who had two solo tackles. Nick Moore (Ravens) and Josh Harris (Chargers) each had a solo tackle, while Luke Rhodes (Colts) and Zach Wood (Saints) had assists.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Three is below.

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Week Two in Review

Week Two of the NFL season was a typical one for the snapping position after a crazy first week. Cal Adomitis made his NFL debut for the Bengals without incident. He joins rookie Jack Coco (Packers) and client Liam McCullough (Raiders) as the three snappers to make their NFL regular season debuts in 2022.

The Rams added Matt Overton to the practice squad this week in the event Matt Orzech, who suffered a calf injury, could not snap. Orzech was able to snap on Sunday despite the injury.

Three snappers had tackles in punt coverage this week. Client Patrick Scales (Bears) and Trent Sieg (Raiders) had solo tackles, while Josh Harris (Chargers) tallied an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart for Week Two is below.

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Week One in Review

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.

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2022 Division One FBS Long Snappers Chart

Week One of the college football season is complete and the season is off to a great start with some fantastic games and finishes.

To celebrate college football’s return, below is the annual chart containing Longsnap.com’s exclusive compilation of the long snapper for each FBS team. As usual, the list is sorted by conference and includes the snapper’s uniform number, height, weight and class year.

Note that some teams did not publish an official depth chart, while others listed two snappers or divide the punt and placement snaps between two players. In each case, best efforts were made to include the punt snapper to start the first game and the snapper that performs punt snaps is included over the short snapper.

All but one of the snappers on the 2022 Patrick Mannelly Award Watch List are listed as the starting snappers for their team and four of them (Alex Ward-UCF; Evan Deckers-Duke; Michael Vinson-Notre Dame; and Matt Hembrough-Oklahoma State) were included on the East-West Shrine Bowl 1000 List of the top NFL Draft prospects. Rex Goossen of UNLV is still recovering from a late season knee injury last year so is not the chart below, but is on both the Mannelly Award Watch List and East-WestShrine Bowl 1000 List.

If there are any significant errors or corrections, please let me know at kevingold@longsnap.com.

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Adomitis Only Snapper Cut as Initial NFL Rosters Set

Today is normally an eventful one for long snappers, but this year continues to be highly unusual for snappers. Rookie Cal Adomitis was waived by the Bengals, as veteran Clark Harris beat another challenger.

It looks like Jack Coco will start the season in Green Bay as the only rookie snapper. Coco’s story is an incredible one, as he didn’t snap for Georgia Tech this past season and only did short snapping in prior years. He parlayed a Packers tryout into a training camp contract and now an NFL roster spot.

Client Liam McCullough will join Coco as the only new snappers on an NFL roster this season, as McCullough will snap for the Falcons after two seasons competing in training camp with the Raiders.

Veteran snappers Aaron Brewer (Cardinals) and Jake McQuaide (Cowboys) were also released today but due to roster space issues and both should be brought back by their teams soon.

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