posted at 7/30/2014 5:06 PM EDT
In response to mellymel3's comment:
In response to seawolfxs' comment:
can someone explain what the STs long snapper cannot be at least a sub for the regular online? I can understand not wanting to rely too heavily on him and getting injured, but are they too small?..
Pat's Fan lost in Jet Land
In a word, yes.....Ott, for example, is 255....Aiken might be much smaller by the look of things Sunday...they have to snap fast and accurately and get down field to cover returns.
More and more NFL Teams are looking for Long Snappers with athleticism as a primary attribute...not size. In fact, the average height of Long Snappers in the NFL has dropped from 6' 3.5" in 2003, to 6' 2" today. Player weight has also dropped from 255 lbs. to 240 lbs. today. Many of the most recent NFL Long Snapper acquisitions (Hus, Tinker, Harris, Yount, Drescherand McQuaide were 6' 1" or under and averaged 235 lbs.
One indicator of a Long Snappers athleticism is the Impact After Snap Rating or IAS. This rating is based on tackles and fumble recoveries and shows a snappers ability to get down field and have a positive impact. At the conclusion of the 2013 NFL regular season, Garrison Sanborn of the Buffalo Bills co-led the league with an IAS rating of 9. Sanborn is only 6 feet tall.
Furthermore, effective last season, the NFL amended 3 rules that basically identify Long Snappers as Defenseless players and also eases the defensive alignment across from the Long Snapper. This action will provide teams more latitude to select Long Snappers that are athletic and can provide down field coverage as an added dimension. Just as the Tight End position evolved to more athletic player, the Long Snapper position has evolved.